Home / Preservation / Caring for UW Library Collections / Conservation / Pre-Program Conservation Internship Description

Pre-Program Conservation Internship Description

Overview and Application Deadline

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 in the United States.

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.  Affiliation with the University of Washington is not required but please note that we are unable to sponsor a visa for this internship.

Applications are now being accepted until February 17, 2020. Click here to apply. Further inquiries may be directed to Justin Johnson, Senior Conservator at jpjohn@uwedu

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.


The Conservation Intern will have the opportunity to 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 $7,000 stipend.

The University of Washington Libraries 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.

Application process

To apply see here.