Internships and Placements

As conservators who have been working in this industry for decades, we’d like to see the field continue to grow and prosper. In developing the field for future generations, new conservators are required. Endangered Heritage has endeavoured to make the field of conservation more accessible through our various internships and placements opportunities. Whether you are looking to explore an interest in the field or are an existing student wishing to expand your knowledge and skills, we want to help you in your journey.

To express an interest in any of the opportunities listed below, please contact us via email as well as through your university or school.

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Internships

Each year Endangered Heritage accepts interns from Universities across Australia. Currently, we have interns in different work specialisations, at varying points of their education. It is expected that basic science units for lab-based safety training and work have been accomplished prior to the application. 

Students must be enrolled in a work placement unit as part of their degree at any University. We disapprove of the exploitation of young people doing "free work experience", work which does not contribute in some way towards their degree, and hence, we will only take enrolled students. We are proud to have mentored all our interns to achieve High Distinctions at the completion of their unit, we take our mentoring role seriously because we are only as good as the people we train. 

Archaeology Internship

Our archaeology department is actively involved in fieldwork, focusing on areas such as the safe preservation and reclamation of finds from digs to museums and research analysis. Whether you have an interest in fieldwork or analytical work, doing a placement with us will help develop your skills for handling, storing, documenting as well as teach you how to prepare samples for storage and display safely, without losing valuable research data.

You will be working under our Senior Archaeology Conservator (Bretony Colville).  Students embarking on a research thesis are encouraged to contact us for some practical experience. 

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Indigenous Internship

We are offering our indigenous internship placement for 2022 Sem 1 and Sem 2. If the student can approach us about their interests as well as their hopes and expectations for the placement, we will then coordinate with their course convenor to ensure that we all meet the necessary requirements and final assessment obligations.

As Cultural Heritage Conservators, we are very concerned that within the industry, there is still a dominance of European voices and not enough indigenous voices in the discussion about when, how, and by whom should indigenous art be conserved.  This internship welcomes indigenous people from across Australia, Torres Strait Islanders, the Pacific, and Māori communities. Diversity and inclusion are highly valued in our team. 

The supervisors for this position will be either Andrew Pearce, our Senior Objects Conservator, or Bretony Colville, our Senior Archaeological Conservator, depending on the student’s undergraduate focus.

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Textiles Internship

Textile conservation is a very specialised area that requires in-depth knowledge in at least several areas of fibre art or manufacture, from sewing, weaving, costuming, knitting to lacemaking etc.

We offer the opportunity for interns to learn more about the specifics regarding textiles conservation so historical mistakes on restoration do not creep back into the lexicon of conservation as if valid. Your internship will cover some cleaning, packing, storing, and preventative conservation. The completion of science and lab safety units are expected.

This position will be supervised by Victoria Pearce.

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Preventative Conservation Internship

With the rising awareness of the critical role played by museums and other organisations in prevention, preventative conservation is becoming a specialisation on its own. This internship will give you hands-on practical experience managing a freezer program, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring and preventive care in storage and display.

This internship will be supervised by Victoria Pearce and Andrew Pearce to best cover the full range of material cutters found on display in institutions and private collections. 

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Work Experience

Conservation is a very interesting industry and potential students may want to know what it is like before embarking on a course of study. The rising costs of tertiary education mean that it is becoming increasingly important that students know what they want to do as well as the best angle to achieve their life goals. As a family business, we love mentoring kids and providing them with the resources to make good choices. 

We offer week-long work experience places for Year 12 students or recent graduates. This must be arranged with the Director, the school, and parents. This is so the parents and students understand the risks and responsibilities we share in a functioning and working laboratory. 

Students will spend half a day with each of our team leaders learning the different ethics approaches and work they do as each specialisation often has very different training pathways and skills requirements. 

Volunteers

While volunteering is not our preferred way to have people join the team, we have had volunteers come to help with our work in the past and under special circumstances, the Director may consider it. Please e-mail us with your particular interest.