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Summer Internship in Painting Conservation at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

By Maria Sullivan posted 12-11-2018 13:41

At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), we bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

Our Vision: We will become the imaginative centre of our city and province. We will be welcoming to our visitors, inspiring for our audiences and innovative in the ways we gather people together to create community through art. We will become a preferred cultural partner for artistic visionaries from all over the world.

The goal of the AGO Internship program is to provide opportunities for non-traditional training to students who are continuing or who have recently completed their studies. We hope that the position offered below provides the intern with the opportunity to gain in depth professional conservation experience in a museum setting and offers a real opportunity to introduce new and exciting ideas to the Gallery to create a positive impact on our growth and development.

We're currently seeking a student to join our Conservation team as an intern this 2019 summer semester.

What you will do:

Under supervision of the Head of Conservation and Assistant Painting Conservator, the intern will participate in the following activities with assigned works from the AGO permanent collection:

  • Assessment, condition reporting and documentation of paintings
  • Assist with examination of works with the aid of technical equipment, including multispectral imaging
  • Research and technical examination of paintings
  • Assist with development of treatment protocol
  • Assist with executing and documenting treatment
  • Participation in daily activities of Conservation Department

Our Ideal Candidate

  • 2nd year Conservation Master’s Degree student seeking a summer internship in fulfillment of their program.
  • Candidate must be a Canadian citizen or currently eligible to work in Canada. Non-Canadian residents must be eligible through International Experience Canada or SWAP and will be subject to a 15% withholding tax.

Benefit for the student:

  • This internship provides training in Conservation that is necessary for a young professional to successfully pursue a career in Conservation. Close mentoring by AGO conservation staff will help supplement conservation training and refine skills at a high level.
  • The successful candidate will receive a CAD$6000 stipend for the 12 week placement. This position is generously supported by the Michael and Sonja Koerner Conservation Initiatives Fund.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by visiting our website at

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Maria Sullivan

Head of Conservation

AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario

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