The Citywide Monuments Conservation Program and New York City Parks & Recreation, Art & Antiquities Department, seek qualified candidates for the 2013 summer field season. These are 40 hour a week paid internships, Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 3rd through Friday, August 16th, 2013.
Program participants will gain knowledge of the breadth of the public sculpture collection, its history and conservation needs. The interns will carry out conservation and maintenance treatments on public sculptures and monuments under the direction of experienced monuments conservators. Participants will receive training in photo-documentation, condition assessments, material analysis, and report preparation. In addition, interns will learn and perform conservation treatments including repairing, cleaning, and coating metals, bronze patination, masonry repair, mortar analysis, replication, repointing, and tool and materials training.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn outdoor sculpture conservation with experienced conservators in an award-winning program in New York City. The season will include bi-weekly visits to a bronze foundry, stone quarry, and practicing conservators and artists studios, in addition to the daily hands-on work. More than 90 students have successfully participated during the last 16 years. Students currently enrolled in graduate programs in objects conservation, historic preservation, or fine art are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to work outdoors, be comfortable in handling power tools and equipment, and not fear heights, as projects often require work on scaffolding or in a lift.