Summer 2020 Conservation Internship,The Mariners’ Museum and Park, Newport News, Virginia
This internship will provide practical experience in conservation, building on and strengthening the intern’s analytical, condition assessment, treatment research, and proposal writing skills acquired during their first/second year of graduate school.
1. The intern will conduct an in-depth analysis, write a condition report, and draft a preliminary treatment proposal for the Isabel, an early 20th century carvel planked Spanish fishing boat. The intern will work under the direct supervision of Chief Conservator William Hoffman, and will be assisted by Associate Research Scientist Dr. Molly McGath, Assistant Objects Conservator Paige Schmidt, and Material Culture Specialist Hannah Fleming. Over the course of 10 weeks, the intern will:
● Learn about maritime conservation and conservation of composite objects.
● Characterize paint, fibers, wood and other materials by taking samples or cross-sections and analyze these with light microscopy and other analytical techniques as necessary.
● Complete a comprehensive condition report.
● Conduct research on potential treatment options and formulate a preliminary treatment proposal. Emphasis will be on allowing the intern time to research treatment options
and to perform hands-on treatment testing.
● Assist with other treatments of collection objects.