Community-focused conservation summer internship. Anchorage, Alaska, USA

By Sarah Owens posted 11-21-2019 16:06

WHEN: The internship is 10 weeks during June – August of 2020. The start and end dates are flexible. Work schedule will be Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm. The successful candidate must arrange her/his housing.

Conservation Lab, Collections Department, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska.

WHAT: The Anchorage Museum’s (AM) Collections Department is seeking enthusiastic applicants for a community-focused conservation internship. During the internship, AM conservators and the intern, will travel to Quinhagak for a collaborative preservation exchange at the Nunalleq Cultural and Archaeology Center ( The graduate intern will work alongside and learn from AM conservators, under whose supervision they will carry out treatment on a broad range of three dimensional objects from the museum’s collection. This object grouping will give the conservation intern the opportunity to consult with Quinhagak community members on preservation and treatment needs of Yup'ik collections. This summer internship position is funded by the Museums Alaska Collections Management Fund grant and the Anchorage Museum Association. The recipient will receive a stipend of $4,700.

WHO: The applicant should be a student in a recognized graduate conservation training program, with a specialization in objects conservation. An interest in ethnographic objects is preferred. The successful candidate will possess good hand skills, a basic understanding of the field of conservation and a willingness to learn about museum practice. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the US before applying and for the duration of this placement.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please send a letter of interest along with curriculum vitae, and a sample treatment report. Please include the contact information for one or two references. The application deadline is 20th December 2019 and a selection will be made by mid-January 2020. Send the application to:

Sarah Owens, Conservator
(tel) 907-929-9246