Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summer Internship Opportunity

The Conservation department at the Yale Center for British Art seeks a summer intern for 2020 to participate in the documentation and organization of analytical data related to its early British portraiture collection. The successful candidate will participate in the cross-disciplinary portrait-painting study “Reformation to Restoration.”

Chima Osuagwu, a senior at Hampton University, reconstructs a shattered dish as part of a workshop on restoring ceramics at the conservation lab at Yale's Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (Photo by Jessica Smolinski)

Intern activities will include making mock-ups with traditional paints to serve as subjects for photographic tests. Over the course of the summer, the intern will move from creating and observing the tests to firsthand examination of museum objects. The trials will help the Center identify new methods to characterize paint and underdrawing layers. The intern will also assist with the preparation of hands-on painting materials for a forthcoming summer course on conservation to be held at the Center and Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale’s West Campus. The student will experience the day-to-day operations of the Center’s conservation studio and learn about various aspects of painting conservation and general museum practice.

Soyeon Choi, Head Conservator of Works on Paper at the Center, teaches Jordan Wright, an illustrator and recent graduate of Winston-Salem State University, techniques for mending paper (Photo by Jessica Smolinski)

This position is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue graduate degrees and careers in the field of conservation. The department is particularly interested in identifying and providing experience to talented, underrepresented students. Experience in handling and working with fine art materials and a genuine curiosity about works of art and their making is desired, though handling skills will be taught and reviewed.

The internship will take place in New Haven, Connecticut, and includes a stipend of $4,000 for a minimum of eight weeks. 

A completed application must include a letter of intent, an official transcript, and two letters of reference. The application deadline is March 30, 2020. For more information, please contact Jessica David, Senior Conservator of Paintings, Yale Center for British Art.

Apply online.