Paper Conservation Internship

Corning Museum of Glass
West Lake Conservators
Job location: 
New York State
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018

Joint Paper Conservation Internship: Rakow Research Library & West Lake Conservators

The Rakow Research Library at The Corning Museum of Glass and West Lake Conservators are excited to offer two positions for joint internships in the field of paper and photograph conservation.

The Rakow Research Library is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, which covers subject areas from archaeology to zoology and everything glass in between. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with our collection of stained glass cartoons, design drawings, photographs, and works of art on paper.

West Lake Conservators is a multi-specialty private practice located in Skaneateles, NY. Founded in 1975, West Lake Conservators abides by the American Institute of Conservation's Code of Ethics, guidelines, and professional standards; and offers the highest quality conservation treatment to private clients and organizations.

The internship project involves humidifying, flattening, surface cleaning, and housing large scale stained glass cartoons and photographs from the Whitefriars collection; other potential projects include condition reporting, collections assessments, re-housing and treating various objects and collections of the Rakow Library.

The preferred candidates are motivated problem solvers with proven manual dexterity and the ability to follow a previously established treatment plan, and working alongside other interns. Applicants should have experience treating artworks on paper. The interns should have strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and feel comfortable working semi-independently with library materials and oversized artworks. Digital photography skills are an asset.

Learning opportunities
• Gain experience in paper conservation of large scale drawings with different paper/mediums, and photographs.
• Gain experience carrying out simple paper conservation treatments on library and archival materials.
• Gain an understanding of the organization of a specialized museum library, as well as of a private conservation practice.

Internship goals (other duties may be assigned)
• Pre and post treatment photodocumentation of the Whitefriars collection.
• Following a previously established treatment plan for conservation of a selection of the Whitefriars collection.
• Carry out surveys, condition reports and conservation treatment on a selection of Rakow materials.
• Housing and storage a selection of treated materials.
• Reporting to supervisors at both the Rakow Library and West Lake Conservators, and maintaining a dialogue during the treatment.
• Participate in outreach activities for this project through blog posts and social media.

Work & Educational Requirements
• Interest in paper and photograph conservation.
• Currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of a conservation program specializing in paper or photographs.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent communication and time management skills.
• Ability to work independently; ability to take directions and to ask questions that contribute to problem solving.
• Ability to lift 25 pounds and perform repetitive tasks.
• Ability to commit to 40 hours/week is preferred, with some flexibility.

Additional Benefits
• Stipend up to $1,500 per month each, based on level of experience.
• 25% discount in Museum Shops and Café
• Free admission to the museum for you and your guests
• Opportunities to attend staff events and artist lectures
• We are willing to work with your institution to provide academic credit, when requested.

The internship will begin May 21st and run for 13 weeks. Work will take place at the Rakow Library, in Corning NY, with the opportunity for site visits to West Lake Conservators in Skaneateles, NY.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.