Objects Conservation Intern

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #1009
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The CMOA Conservation Intern will work in the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) Conservation Laboratory under the supervision of the Associate Objects Conservator. The intern will work closely with Conservation staff to build skills in close-looking, art handling, hands-on conservation skills, laboratory safety practices, and professional advancement activities including the development of their requisite graduate school portfolio, condition reports, and strengthening of presentation skills.


This Temporary position runs from January 9, 2023 until June 5, 2023.

This Temporary position is eligible for many of the 
Benefits offer by the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.




  • Applicant must possess a high school diploma and have completed some undergraduate-level coursework in studio art, art history, chemistry, media/communications, or archeology.
  • Previous experience working in an art museum is desirable.



  • Have an understanding of contemporary studio art-making practices
  • Demonstrate an interest in professional art conservation; and
  • Possess written and verbal proficiency in English 



  • Applicant should possess good hand skills and be acquainted with basic laboratory safety procedures.
  • There are occasions where the individual may be required to lift 50 lbs. or be willing to ask for assistance.



  • Demonstrate eagerness and curiosity in developing professional conservation skills.
  • Contribute to the preservation of collection objects through application of introductory conservation techniques including condition assessments, research, examinations, and supervised treatments.
  • Develop familiarity with preventive conservation activities and projects to support preservation of collection objects.
  • Conservation ethics and their application to museum collections and practices.
  • Professional art handling techniques.
  • Close-looking and observation skills.
  • Maintenance standards of a clean, professional conservation laboratory.
  • Drafting of condition and assessment reports for three-dimensional artworks.
  • Environmental standards, data monitoring and interpretation.
  • Adept and safe use of hand tools, power tools, and other equipment as needed.
  • Supervised use of museum database.
  • Collaboration with allied colleagues in Art Preparation, Curatorial, Collections, Exhibitions, and Education.
  • Discussion of conservation activities with laboratory visitors.
  • Conservation and installation problem-solving.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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