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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

1905 The British Museum, Conservation of Old Master Prints and Drawings
1906 Fitzwilliam Museum, Preventive Conservation
1907 The British Library, Book Conservation

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

1906 Fitzwilliam Museum, Preventive Conservation

This internship has been made possible by the generous support of the Fitzwilliam Museum Marlay Group.

The intern will work with the Assistant Conservator (Collections Care) alongside the wider conservation and technician teams to learn and develop skills in a wide range of preventive conservation issues including the opportunity to helping to review their current practice and developing a plan to improve it.   

Role description
Application
Guidance notes

Deadline: 7th October 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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