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Icon Internship Programme

What is the Icon Internship Programme?

The Icon Intenrnship Programme is a structured internship placement offering emerging professionals an invaluable opportunity 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.

Stories from Icon Interns

Over the years, nearly 200 people have taken part in the Icon Internship Programme. Read on below to find out more about their experiences and how the programme has helped them to kick-start their careers in conservation!

To read all of the blogs from the interns please click here >>


"I’m currently undertaking a year long Icon Internship in Preventive Conservation with the National Trust for Scotland. An important part of my role as a preventive conservator is to ensure that the collections in my care are stored and exhibited …" read more >>


"For the last 12 months I have been on an Icon Internship in Photograph Conservation and Audience Engagement. The internship was generously sponsored by the Clare Hampson Fund, and I worked at The National Archives and Tate …" read more >>


"I began this internship not long after completing my degree, I was looking to jump into the conservation world and begin to build my experience, so this internship was a perfect opportunity to gain experience and develop upon the skills I had learned…" read more >>


"One of my last tasks at the end of a two-year Icon internship at the National Trust was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: I was invited to help dress the C17th James II state bed in its newly refurbished surroundings at Knole House, after a fifteen-year …" read more >>



Lead image: Matt Wreford
Image 1 (Arielle Juler): National Trust for Scotland
Image 2 (Jordan Megyery): Jordan Megyery
Image 3 (Scarlett Parry):  Scarlett Parry
Image 4 (Hilary Jarvis): Hilary Jarvis