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Over the years, over 180 emerging conservators have kick started their careers in conservation through an Icon Internship!

For Icon interns it offers an invaluable opportunity for them to develop their careers, engage with professional networks and of course to develop practical knowledge by learning from highly experienced conservation professionals.

In essence, the Icon Internship Programme provides a management package that enables the host trainer to focus on what they do best, which is provide experience and the underpinning practical knowledge in the workplace to help interns develop their knowledge and skills of conservation practice.

The intern benefits from a solid delivery platform that guides their learning and development throughout the programme. It also introduces a strong understanding of the practical application of Icon’s Professional Standards in conservation through their work. It is this additional support which makes an Icon internship different. All interns have their own dedicated Intern Advisor, who along with the host supervisor supports these interns through the practicalities of the programme, as well as with their wider professional development.


There are currently two host organisations recruiting for intern positions

1901/2 - The Bowes Museum, Textile Conservation
1903 - The National Library of Scotland, Preventive Conservation

1901/2 The Bowes Museum, Textile Conservation (2 positions available)
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Skills for the Future Programme.

Since 2014, the through the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Bowes Museum has been hosting a series of conservation internships. This year the programme will be coming to an end as the Bowes recruits its final two Textiles Conservation interns who will start in 2019. The Interns will join the Textile Conservator in working towards the re-display of the Textiles and Dress Gallery though conservation assessments, treatments and mounting. As part of the conservation team, the interns will gain practical, preventive and workplace skills, tailored to help them develop their careers in conservation.

Role description
Guidance notes

Deadline: 17th June 2019, 9am

1903 The National Library of Scotland, Preventive Conservation
Funded by the Clothworkers' Foundation

This internship represents a first for the National Library of Scotland, being focused in Preventive conservation. Working under the supervision of the Head of Collections Care, the internship will provide an opportunity to review and refine preventive conservation practices at the Library, to create new preventive conservation guidance and procedures as well as offering the opportunities to support research into other areas for development such as benchmarking against good practice in other organisations; reviewing conservation standards and guidelines; and testing materials and equipment.

Role description
Guidance notes

Deadline: 17th June 2019, 9am


Are you looking to host an internship?

If you are interested in hosting an Icon intern please do get in touch. We would be happy to talk you through all the options available to you.

Icon is not in a position to provide the funding to support internships, however we would be pleased to work with you and offer support with a funding application. 

Check out the HCFN list to see if your project would be eligible.


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