Paid Graduate Summer Internship at the American Philosophical Society

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Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society
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United States
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Application deadline: 
Monday, 6 February, 2023 - 00:00

The Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society (APS) is seeking graduate students in library or paper conservation for a paid Summer 2023 Willman Spawn Conservation Internship. The successful candidate will report to the APS Conservation Department and will gain practical experience in a professional conservation laboratory through conservation treatment of manuscripts, books, documents, and other graphic materials on paper, as well as environmental monitoring and rehousing of materials. The intern's special interests and specific goals will be considered as part of the internship. The intern will also be expected to write a blog post about the internship and to give an informal talk to library staff.

The American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purposes of "promoting useful knowledge." In the 21st century, it serves to advance knowledge and promote scholarship in the humanities and social, mathematical, life, and physical sciences. Members of the Society are elected from among the most eminent scholars and civic and cultural leaders in North America and abroad. More than 100 living APS Members are Nobel laureates.

The Library & Museum's collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library houses over 14 million manuscripts, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects. Museum exhibitions interpret these extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who come to Philadelphia's historic district. In so doing, the exhibitions aim to nurture the spirit of inquiry, promote critical thinking, and engender enthusiasm for object-based learning by using primary source documents and authentic objects. The Library & Museum also hosts a robust fellowship program, offering over 25 short-term and 10 long-term fellowships each year to scholars using its collections.

For further information on APS Library & Museum Collections, visit and

The APS's Conservation Department currently has a staff of two conservators: Head of Conservation Anne Downey, a paper conservator, and Assistant Head of Conservation and Book Conservator Renée Wolcott. Together the conservation staff is responsible for item-level conservation of library materials, surveying the collections for conservation and preservation needs, monitoring the library environment, and preparing library materials for loan and exhibition.

The American Philosophical Society is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, gender, religion, or national origin. The APS values diversity in its many forms and encourages diverse applicants to apply.

The 2023 summer internship is designed for graduate students who are currently pursuing studies in an accredited master's program in art conservation. The internship may be full or part time between June 2023 and August 2023, and the length and start date of the internship are negotiable (6-8 weeks). The internship is temporary and no benefits are offered with this position. Preference will be given to applicants with previous library conservation treatment experience who are entering the second or third year of their master's program in conservation, whose internship will be part of the required training for their degree. Such interns will be compensated at $25/hour.

All APS staff, interns, fellows, and volunteers are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and work a 35-hour work week.

Application Instructions:
Applicants must submit a resume or CV, a cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in the position, and a list of three references (not letters of reference, please). To apply, please use this Interfolio link:

Direct any questions to Renée Wolcott, Assistant Head of Conservation, at

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