Pre-Program Internship - Fall/Winter 2019-2020 (San Francisco, CA, USA)

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Extend your academic and practical experience through a supervised, constructive and instructive environment, supportive to your future professional development.  Join our professional staff and other interns already on the team. Our large independent studios are a non-stop busy beehive of projects and activity to learn and gain experience from on a daily basis.

Last Minute Internship Position Opening Available Pre-Program Fall - Winter 2019-2020

  • Flexible starting dates between September 3rd - 23rd 2019.
  • 6 to 9 months U.S. Citizens/Residents
  • 28 to 35 hours per week
  • Hands-On Practicum In San Francisco, California at ACdR Conservation a Large Multi-Disciplinary Independent Conservation Studios, with Professional Staff established in 1999.
  • Specializing in Textiles, Objects, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Mold and Pest Remediation/Abatement Treatments.
  • And Most Especially Emergency and Disaster Recovery: Smoke, Sash and Soot, Cleaning and Remediation of Fine Art Collections.

Projects May Include:  oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, watercolors, prints, European tapestry, needlepoint, Asian and Oriental embroideries, haute couture costume, dress and textile collections, ethnographic weavings and objects, works on paper, rare books, ceramics, porcelain, wooden objects, Native American objects, Japanese painted silk screens, Tapa cloths, quilts, Tibetan Thangka, rare silk flags, and other ephemera, among many others.

*We will also be working on completing a major long-term and ongoing historic drapery conservation project funded by the Nation Historic Trust for the Filoli Estate.  We are alas on panel 6 of 6, of these gorgeous 14ft. silk chenille velvet metallic brocade drapes, circa 1906.

Applied Skills to be Instructed:  micro-hepa vacuuming, hand sewn repairs, linings and mounts, object cleaning, in-fills, stabilization, consolidationCO2 anoxia encapsulation, ATP bioluminescence testing, dry thermal vacuum freezer treatments, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring, research, condition reports, photo documentation, object cataloging, material and fiber analysis, working with custom formulated non-aqueous gels, MCP - modular cleaning program, solvents and adhesives, archival materials and custom fabrication of housing, boxes and much more?

Our studios also use the FLIR infrared thermal camera for technical analysis, the ARMscope stereo microscope for cross-section pigment sample testing, and UV digital microscope camera for other analytical surveying.

Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a program leading to a diploma or degree in a conservation or relevant museum collections care field, have completed appropriate studies within the past three years, or are considered "Pre-Program" continuing students pursuing a graduate conservation program, but need to accrue the needed 1000+ hours of experience prior to applying-in which case, this is a great place to accumulate some of those 100?s requisite hours.  Previous internship experience in conservation and/or museum collection care and handling is preferred, this is not a first-time internship, but an intermediate to advance experience placement internship.  Many of our prior interns have gone on to wonderful successes in this highly competitive and technically complex field.

Applicants may send a letter of intent and interest, digital portfolio, one letter of recommendation and CV ASAP to Elise Rousseau, Director and Principal Conservator at:, Tel: 1 (415)751-2540.

Qualified candidates will be requested for in person interviews, or over Skype.

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