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Internships

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.

Vacancies

1904 The National Trust for Scotland, Preventive Conservation
1905 The British Museum, Conservation of Old Master Prints and Drawings
1907 The British Library, Book Conservation

 

1904 The National Trust for Scotland, Preventive Conservation

Funded by the Bute Memorial Fund

The Bute/Icon internship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging professional.  The Trust is Scotland’s leading conservation charity, with an extensive portfolio of built heritage sites, from castles and country houses to cottages, working historic environments and modern museum facilities.   Material culture collections are on open display at more than 50 of these properties, and their care is the responsibility of the Trust’s Curatorial & Conservation Service.  Their emphasis is on a collaborative approach rooted in strategy, preventive conservation principles and practice.

Role description
Application
Guidance notes

Deadline: 19th August 2019, 9am

1905 The British Museum, Conservation of Old Master Prints and Drawings

Funded by the Clare Hampson Fund 

This internship in the British Museum’s Collections Care Department offers a unique opportunity for a conservator to develop their skills in the conservation of Old Master Prints and Drawings.  The internship is suitable for someone who has recently graduated from a relevant conservation course; to develop their skills and to broaden their experience by working in a museum setting, on one of the world’s largest collections of graphic art.

Role description
Application
Guidance notes

Deadline: 23rd September 2019, 9am

1907 The British Library, Book Conservation

Funded by the Clare Hampson Fund 

The intern will conserve/preserve items from the British Library’s collections in order to improve the longevity, stability and accessibility of these items. They will learn how to make treatment decisions for a range of collection items considering these within a spectrum from museum artefact through to functioning, working object to meet the conservation challenges and accessibility needs of a national institution. There will be the opportunity to work with Preventive Conservation colleagues and on items for exhibition and loan and to advocate for the profession through our events and outreach programme.

Role description
Application
Guidance notes

Deadline: 23rd September 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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