The Georgia Archives, an institution of the University System of Georgia, together with the Friends of the Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH), is now accepting applications for its 2021 Pre-Program Summer Conservation Internship. This internship gives prospective students of conservation training programs the opportunity to gain skills and experience in the preservation and treatment of paper-based archival materials. The intern will employ critical thinking and practical decision-making while working under the supervision of the Archive’s conservator.
Objectives and goals:
The objective of the internship is to give the intern the opportunity to gain the required skills and experience, and aid in accrual of the pre-requisite internship hours to apply for a postgraduate conservation program. By the end of the internship, the intern will have a greater understanding of conservation and preservation practice and ethics, be capable of executing basic book and paper conservation treatments, and be familiar with conservation tools, equipment and materials. The projects worked on by the intern will contribute to a portfolio, illustrating the skills, experience and proficiencies developed through the internship.
During the internship, the intern’s duties will include, but not be limited to, conducting supervised conservation treatment of the Georgia Archive’s materials, including:
• Evaluation and documentation of archival materials
• Preparing and stabilizing materials for digitization
• Treating and housing rare library and archival materials with a broad range of condition concerns by using a variety of techniques and materials
The internship will focus on, but not be limited to, the historic map collection. Other projects may include environmental monitoring and exhibit preparation.
Required education and experience:
• A Bachelor’s degree in conservation, art history, library science, engineering, or the equivalent
• Be working towards a postgraduate degree in conservation
• Good manual dexterity and hand-skills
• Good color perception
• Attention to detail
• Good oral and written skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft programs.
Preferred education and experience:
• Studies in chemistry and physics
• Problem solving and creative thinking
• Communication skills
• Organizational skills
The internship is full-time and the duration is 10 weeks from June 14, 2020 to August 20, 2020. A stipend of $4000 will be paid by FOGAH. A background check will be required for the successful applicant.
Deadline February 28, 2021.