Fellowships & Internships

Fellowships and internships at MCI span a wide variety academic disciplines. Whether the visitor is a fellow in materials science or conservation, or an intern in conservation, there is a common thread --that the experience benefits the students' understanding of artifact characterization or preservation.

The Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute offers fellowship and internship opportunities involving a variety of artifact analysis, preservation, and conservation treatment specialties. MCI's commitment is to enhance the experience of the fellow or intern, providing specialized technical and scientific training. Such training contributes significantly to the qualifications of the students in their subsequent professional employment. 

Beginning in 2005, opportunities for fellowships at MCI were announced through the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Fellowships with the Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections program.

MCI Fellowship and Internship Opportunity Listings

The fellowship and internship program has been very successful, but even more can be achieved using the interdisciplinary nature of the MCI environment. Accordingly, fellowships and internships have been restructured so that the fellow or intern will be insured of a wider range of experience at the laboratory rather than sole concentration within a sub-disciplinary area.


Externally Funded Fellowships and Internships

MCI receives regular requests for study opportunities from scholars and students, nationally as well as world wide, with funding from other sources. Such requests are evaluated on the basis of the intrinsic merit of the proposal as well as concurrence with MCI programs and priorities.

Funding sources have included the Fulbright Fellowship program, Organization of American States, various foreign governmental organizations, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Smithsonian Trust funds, and private funding.


Short Term Independent Research Programs

MCI’s program for Smithsonian collections staff (conservators, curators, etc.) is available to carry out independent research at MCI, using space, equipment, and expertise on a project associated with Smithsonian museum art and artifacts. This program would be available to permanent, full-time staff to conduct technical/scientific research on an aspect of their collection at MCI on a part- or full-time basis for a mutually agreed on length of time.