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Pre-Program Internship in Rare Book and Library Materials Conservation

10 week summer internship open to qualified applicants (affiliation with University of Washington not required). Application deadline 3 March, 2014.

Overview and application deadlines

The University of Washington Libraries is offering a pre-program internship for an individual with a demonstrated interest in conservation. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop their conservation treatment skills and portfolio using diverse special collections from the UW Libraries. Applicants are expected to be preparing for or enrolled in a graduate level conservation program.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) summer program. Duration is 10 weeks, with exact dates to be arranged between June and September. To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than Monday,  March 3, 2014.

Activities and instruction

Working under the supervision of the Senior Conservator, the Conservation Intern will have the opportunity to perform a broad range of conservation treatments on rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, and other unbound archival and special collections materials on paper and vellum. The intern will develop skills in treatment decision making, prepare condition and treatment reports with appropriate photo documentation, and gain additional experience in conservation treatment.

While the focus will be on the practical application of conservation techniques, staff will also work with the applicant to develop future success in the field. Through selected readings, guided treatment and general discussion, the applicant will develop a more in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with library materials conservation and preservation.

The internship will be for a 10-week term and will be 75% treatment and 25% administrative (documentation and preventive conservation). The intern will also be required to give a final presentation on completed work.

Benefits

This internship will provide additional experience in conservation treatment. This experience will strengthen an application to graduate-level conservation programs, or if already enrolled in a program, the internship will broaden and deepen skills in library materials conservation and better prepare the intern for their future work in the conservation field. Additionally, this internship provides for a $5,000 stipend.

Application process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter outlining how the internship will help them meet their future goals as well as a current resume with two appropriate references. Applicants may also be asked to submit a digital portfolio at a later date.

Email your application in PDF file format to libhr@uw.edu, subject line "Conservation internship".

Additional information

The University of Washington Libraries <www.lib.washington.edu> is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats.  The UW Libraries is widely recognized for its unique, diverse, and inherently global collections.

The University of Washington is located in Seattle, Washington.  Interns will also have the opportunity to visit other conservators and collection managers in nearby conservation labs and museums.  For more information on Seattle, see Visit Seattle <http://www.visitseattle.org>

For additional information about this opportunity, please contact Justin Johnson (Senior Conservator) at jpjohn@uw.edu.

Please note that the University of Washington is unable to sponsor a visa for this internship, and completion of the internship does not lead to or entitle the applicant to a job with the University of Washington.