Pre-Program Conservation Intern


Under the supervision of the Conservator, the intern performs a variety of tasks related to the conservation/restoration of paintings, frames, and polychrome objects. This position is available only to students intending upon applying to graduate school in art conservation or related field. This is an unpaid quarterly/trimester position which is subject to extension. 8 to 10 hours per week and can be modified to fit school schedules.


  • The student gains knowledge and experience in:
  • The American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics.
  • Basic technical laboratory and bench skills.
  • Material identification and testing.
  • Diagnosis and treatment recommendations for incoming projects.
  • Preparing treatment proposals and post treatment reports.
  • Photographic documentation.
  • Basic surface cleaning strategies of paintings, frames and various objects.
  • Mixing of organic solvents, gels, and aqueous based cleaning solutions.
  • Paint consolidation, applying fills, toning areas of loss, inpainting.
  • Research and administrative tasks.
  • Business principles and client relations.
  • The student is responsible for outside reading and discussion of technical subjects.


Required:

  • Some knowledge of the field of conservation/restoration of art and antiquities.
  • 3 years college minimum.
  • 3 references from professors and/or employers.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Detail oriented and works with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Highly organized and flexible.
  • Must be self-directed and able to complete projects with limited supervision.
  • Excellent PC skills and proficient with Microsoft Office programs.
  • 2 years art history classes
  • 2 years studio art classes.
  • 1 year college chemistry or equivalent laboratory experience, can be concurrent.
  • Digital photography and Photoshop skills (or other related programs).
  • Has an art portfolio for review on CD and/or examples of art work.
  • Able to work with hand tools and power tools.
  • Good color vision and color matching skills.
  • Good eye/hand skills, coordination, and ability to pick up 30 lb. objects.
  • Must live in the Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Jose area.
  • Must be congenial, reliable, and punctual.
  • Must have health insurance.
  • Not sensitive to cleaning solutions, art materials or mild organic solvents or any allergies that would limit their ability to work in an art conservation studio/lab.


Preference is given to those with the following skills:

  • A background in the sciences.
  • Previous art internship experience.
  • Administrative and/or clerical skills or experience.
  • Marketing skills and/or experience including social media.
  • Custom picture framer experience is desirable.
  • Art gallery experience as a preparator.



Conservation Assistant/Inpainting Internship


The successful applicant will work directly with the Principal Conservator and perform a variety of tasks related to the conservation/restoration of paintings, frames, polychrome objects, artifacts, and antiquities including reconstructing losses, filling voids, inpainting (aka retouching) to meet professional art conservation standards. Tasks will vary from repetitive to rarefied depending upon workload, projects and the applicant’s skill set, knowledge, and experience.


This is an entry level position open to a student of studio art, art conservation, or a related discipline. The position is based at a conservation studio/lab/private dwelling in Santa Cruz. This is an unpaid quarterly/trimester position which is subject to extension. Requires 6 to 8 hours per week and can be modified to fit school schedules. This position is best for students in the Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Jose area.


Requirements:

  • Some knowledge of the field of conservation/restoration of art and antiquities.
  • 3 references from professors and/or employers.
  • 3 years college minimum.
  • 1 year of art history classes.
  • 2 years studio art classes in paintings, photography, and 3-dimensional art.
  • Good at problem solving and brain storming. Must be congenial, reliable, flexible     and punctual.
  • Well-developed practical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, organizational skills and can take and remember directions.
  • Must be self-directed and able to complete projects with limited supervision as well as under direct supervision.
  • Knowledge and experience with painting methods and materials (oil paint, acrylic, water color) is required.
  • Good visual acuity, color vision, excellent color matching skills, and an ability to paint realistically and accurately.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work repetitively on minute tasks for extended periods with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent PC skills and proficient with Microsoft Office programs especially OneNote.
  • Digital photographic skills, videography a plus.
  • Experience with digital image programs. We are currently using Zoner 18 Pro.
  • Able to work with hand tools and power tools.
  • Good eye/hand skills, coordination, and ability to pick up 30 lb. objects.
  • Not sensitive to cleaning solutions, art materials or mild organic solvents or any other allergies that would limit their ability to
  • work in an art conservation studio/lab.
  • Must not have an existing or tendency toward repetitive motion disorders.
  • Must have health insurance.
  • Has an art portfolio for review on CD and/or examples of current art work.


Preference is given to those with the following skills:

  • A background in the sciences with lab experience, mostly but not limited to chemistry.
  • Coursework in art history especially 19th and 20th century American & European art.
  • Previous art, art gallery, gallery preparator, or other museum internship experience.
  • Administrative and clerical work experience.
  • Custom picture framing experience including matting, mounting, frame construction, fitting and installation.
  • Knowledge of water or oil gilding practices.
  • Experience or knowledge in taxidermy.
  • Experience in model making and mold making.
  • Students who have taken organic chemistry and/or another relevant lab experience.
  • Custom picture framing experience including matting, mounting, frame construction, fitting, and installation.



Marketing Intern for Art Conservation Practice - Entry Level


Job description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic marketing intern to help achieve our current goals in achieving greater regional awareness of our art conservation/restoration business. You will have administrative duties in maintaining existing marketing strategies and are encouraged to brainstorm and develop new ones. This entry level internship will help you acquire marketing skills and provide you with knowledge of various marketing strategies. Some knowledge of the field of conservation/restoration of art and antiquities is a distinct plus.


Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the creation of a comprehensive database of targeted businesses, institutions, and community organizations.
  • Perform market analysis and research on competition.
  • Support the marketing efforts in administrative tasks and assembling information in Microsoft OneNote.
  • Monitor social channels for trending news, ideas, and memes, then capitalize on those trends through our social media accounts.
  • Assist with capturing and analyzing social media metrics.
  • Collaborate on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications.
  • Assist in researching and implementing website and social media optimization.
  • Assist in evaluating Google Adwords analytics and other services.


Qualifications:

  • Informed about what art conservation is, how it relates to the preservation of cultural heritage, and why that is important.
  • Understanding of the basic principles of public relations and/or marketing.
  • Practical experience with the many forms of social media.
  • Completed or working toward a college degree (junior level and up), preferably in a related field (e.g., English, Marketing/Communications, Advertising or Public Relations).
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus.
  • Must be congenial, reliable, punctual, highly organized, flexible, and have excellent written and oral skills.
  • Self-directed and able to complete projects with limited supervision and under direct supervision.
  • Detail oriented and works with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent PC skills and proficient with Microsoft Office programs including OneNote.
  • Digital photography and Photoshop skills (or other related programs) is a plus.
  • Excellent phone skills including an outgoing personality and comfort making a cold call when required.
  • Lives in Santa Cruz, Monterey, or San Jose area.
  • Must have health insurance.


Start Date:

Position open until filled, quarter, trimester, or semester.


Hours:

6 - 10 hours/week


To Apply:

Please a send cover letter, resume, and a writing sample.

When we proceed to the interview stage, 3 references from professors and/or employers are required.


Compensation:

This is an unpaid internship


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