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Pre-Program Internship in Rare Book and Library Materials Conservation

10 week summer internship open to qualified applicants (affiliation with University of Washington not required). Application deadline 20 February, 2017

Overview and application deadlines

The University of Washington Libraries is offering a pre-program internship for an individual with a demonstrated interest in conservation. Applicants are expected to be preparing for or enrolled in a graduate level conservation program.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) summer program. Duration is 10 weeks, with exact dates to be arranged between June through September 2017. To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than Monday, February 20, 2017. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, and the UW Libraries is unable to sponsor a visa.

Activities and instruction

Working under the supervision of the Senior Conservator, the intern will have the opportunity to perform a broad range of conservation treatments on rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, and other unbound archival and special collections materials on paper and vellum. The intern will develop skills in treatment decision-making, prepare condition and treatment reports with appropriate photo documentation, and gain additional experience in conservation treatment.


This internship will provide additional experience in conservation treatment. This experience will strengthen an application to graduate-level conservation programs, or if already enrolled in a program, the internship will broaden and deepen skills in library materials conservation and better prepare the intern for their future work in the conservation field. Additionally, this internship provides for a $5,000 stipend.

Application process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter outlining how the internship will help them meet their future goals as well as a current resume with two appropriate references. Applicants may also be asked to submit a digital portfolio at a later date.

Email your application in PDF file format to libhr@uw.edu, subject line "Conservation internship".

Additional information

The University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats.  The UW Libraries is widely recognized for its unique, diverse, and inherently global collections.

For additional information about this opportunity, please contact Justin Johnson (Senior Conservator) at jpjohn@uw.edu.

Please note that completion of the internship does not lead to or entitle the applicant to a job with the University of Washington.