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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.


2001 - National Trust for Scotland, Preventive Conservation
2002 - National Library of Scotland, Paper Conservation


2001 National Trust for Scotland, Preventive Conservation
Funded by the Bute Memorial Fund 

The Bute/Icon internship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging professional looking to develop their career in preventive conservation. Across the year, with the support of the National Preventive Conservator, the Intern will be given the opportunity to gain experience of preventive conservation across the Trust’s portfolio of properties and hone a wide range of preventive conservation skills. 

To read more about the experiences of some of the recent interns please click here.

Role description
Guidance notes

Deadline: 2nd March 2020, 9am 


2002 National Library of Scotland, Paper Conservation
Funded by the Alexander Graham Traineeship Programme 

This conservation internship is part of a programme of Alexander Graham Traineeships at the National Library of Scotland and is being managed in partnership with the Institute of Conservation. It is intended that the internship will focus upon the conservation of some particularly unstable and fragile types of paper objects, such as onion-skin paper, tracing paper and paper exhibiting signs of iron gall ink corrosion. These fragile formats are preservation priorities for the Library as they are dispersed across a number of collections and are at risk of deterioration. 

To read more about the experiences of some of the recent interns please click here.

Role description

Applications must be made directly on the National Library of Scotland recruitment website. 

Deadline: 4th March 2020, 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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