Graduate internship in Paintings Conservation

Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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The Rijksmuseum is inviting applications for Graduate internship in Paintings Conservation. The intern will assist during the currently ongoing Operation Night Watch, a project launched in July 2019 to conduct in-depth research into the painting technique and condition of Rembrandt's masterpiece and its treatment. The intern will also work alongside the paintings conservators to monitor the condition of the collection, preparing paintings for loans, writing condition reports, (de-) installing exhibitions, and assisting with other ongoing (research) projects. The Paintings Conservation department works closely with the Curatorial- and Science Departments and the intern will be expected to participate in discussions about ongoing treatments and research projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend regular talks organized by the three institutions housed in the Studio Building.


What do you bring?

For the duration of the entire internship (fall 2021 – fall 2022) applicants must be students enrolled in a (inter)national MA-level conservation training program with a specialization in paintings conservation. Applicants should possess:

  • True interest in integrating scientific research into conservation practice.
  • Basic knowledge of analytical methods useful for research.
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written.
  • The ability to work in a team.

Our offer

The position is full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of six to (preferably) twelve months, starting in the fall of 2021. The internship is unpaid. A modest monthly stipend of 250 euros a month based on 36 hours working week is offered. Special requirements are in place for students coming from outside Europe.

Who we are

The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of the Netherlands. The collection contains 1.1 million (art) objects from and relating to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. The museum receives over two million visitors a year with a stunning building, surprising decor, beautiful exhibitions, lively events and many pleasant facilities for young and old.

The Rijksmuseum’s dynamic and diverse Conservation & Science Department is housed in the Ateliergebouw or Studio Building across the street from the Rijksmuseum. In addition to the 6 conservation studios and laboratories of the Rijksmuseum, the building hosts the conservation training program of the University of Amsterdam, the Scientific Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the newly formed Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The strong collaboration between conservators, scientific researchers and art historians in the three institutes makes for an interdisciplinary and inspiring environment.

The department of Paintings Conservation holds an internationally recognized position in the field of technical research and conservation of old master paintings and consists of a core team of eight conservators supported by a team of conservation scientists and researchers. Together they stimulate the integration of scientific research into conservation practice.