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Posted: 02/15/2018

Preservation Society of Newport County
Museum Affairs - Conservation

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island's largest cultural organization, protects, preserves and presents the best of Newport County's architectural heritage. Its 11 historic properties and landscapes - seven of which are National Historic Landmarks - trace America's architectural and social development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age.

Object Conservation Summer Intern
Internship Opportunity
Newport, RI

The Preservation Society of Newport County is offering a 9 week summer internship in their Conservation Department. The intern will be working as part of a team of professionals conducting surveys in the various houses assessing display and storage issues, the condition of room ensembles and damages to objects, as well as the condition of specific material groups. Under supervision the intern has the opportunity to work on a nineteenth-century gilded console table from Rosecliff. Treatment will include: cleaning of the overall surface, consolidation of gilding layers, removal of bronze overpaint, and inpainting.

The Preservation Societys collection consists of 11 historic museum buildings (seven designated National Historic Landmarks) and 60,000+ collections objects dating from antiquity to the mid-20th century.For more information about the Preservation Society of Newport County, please go to www.newportmansions.org.


The Conservation Department works closely with the Collections Manager and Caretaking staff in tackling the various collections care challenges in our houses. The intern will be working with this team Monday to Friday. Weekly work hours are 8.30am 4.30pm. Expected start date is June 11th, 2018. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the conservation of decorated surfaces and currently enrolled in a graduate level conservation training program. Applicants should have a strong interest in museum work although no previous museum work is necessary. A stipend is offered for this position.

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How to apply
Please email resume/CV, cover letter and contact information for two professional references to Patricia Miller, Chief Conservator.
Patricia Miller
The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

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