Conservation Internships & Fellowships

Marc Vermeulen uses a hand held XRF unit

Intern Marc Vermeulen uses a hand held XRF unit to help analyse the paint on an 18th century chest from Saybrook, CT

The Winterthur Conservation Department welcomes students as interns training to become conservators and as fellows pursuing post graduate experience and research. Winterthur provides a rich learning environment with access to conservation and analytical labs, a research library and an extensive collection of American art and decorative arts. Interns and fellows may have the oportunity to audit masters level conservation courses conducted as part of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Winterthur’s location in the northeast corridor provides ready access to collections and institutions in Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC.

Opportunities are dependent on funding, advisor availability, programmatic needs, and space. For information about internships in other departments at Winterthur , see the information for volunteers. Past interns and fellows have included:

• Jean-Baptiste Martin – Intern in wallpaper conservation, Sorbonne University, Paris

• Anna Freidman, Conservation Fellow, books & library materials, University of Texas, Austin

• Marc Vermeulen – Intern in conservation science, Université d’Artois, Lens, France

Current Interns and Fellows each design a web page about their projects and experiences:

Lauren Fair

Kress Conservation Fellow, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Lauren’s project encompasses research, analysis and treatment of ceramic English figurines from the 18th and 19th centuries. Her work is revealing previously unknown information about the history, manufacture, and deterioration of the charming and culturally revealing objects. Winterthur holds the largest collection of such figures in America.

Amanda Holden

Conservation Intern in Textiles, New York University, New York
Amanda is in the final year of her conservation training at New York University. A major focus of her internship  has been preparation of objects for the exhibit Betsy Ross: the Life Behind the Legend, particularly the treatment of a severely damaged early US flag attributed to Clarissa Ross, Betsy Ross’s daughter.

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