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The Museum Conservation Institute - Fellowships & Internships

Summer 2007 Internships in Archaeological Conservation, Panama City, Panama

The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute is offering a short-term internship in archaeological conservation during summer 2007. It will be four to five weeks in duration, between early July and mid August, based entirely in Panama City, Panama, as part of a collaborative conservation and technical study of pre-Columbian Panamanian gold and gilded artifacts. International travel expenses and on-site living costs will be covered.

Applicants should currently be enrolled in or recently graduated from recognized conservation training programs. Preference will be given to an applicant who has training in objects conservation with special emphasis on archaeological materials (especially metals). Candidates must be fluent in English, both spoken and written. 

Applications (in English), must include the following:

  • a cover letter explaining the candidate's interests and intent in applying for the project
  • curriculum vitae, with basic biographical information and current and permanent addresses and telephone numbers
  • names and contact information for 2 references

The application must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2007.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome. Notifications will be sent by April 15, 2007

For more information, please contact Harriet F. (Rae) Beaubien (project PI; Conservation Projects Manager/Senior Objects Conservator), at, or (301)238-1235.

All applications should be sent to her attention electronically at the following address:
Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center (MRC 534)
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863

2013 Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Archaeological and Museum Conservation Science Internships and Application Information

2012-2013 Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections

The Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships (OF) has announced one-year fellowships for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or for conservation scientists to conduct research and gain further training at the Smithsonian in the conservation of objects in its collections. The fellowship begins in the fall of 2012.

2011 Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Fellowship in Stable Isotope Sciences

2011 Research Post-Doctorate

2011 Internships for Research Projects

The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute is offering short-term opportunities to work on research projects with staff members. Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in conservation training programs or graduate students in related subjects. Stipends may be offered for a period of up to 10 weeks. The internships are intended mainly for the summer of 2011, but consideration will be given to projects at other times during the year.