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State Archives Conservation Laboratory Internship

Program Office/Description: 

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education (OCE).  OCE is a unit of the New York State Education Department which encompasses the New York State Archives, Library, and Museum. The conservation lab first opened in 1980 with a focus on paper-based materials and serves the conservation needs of all three collecting institutions within the OCE. The Conservation Laboratory is located on the 11th floor in the Cultural Education Center at 222 Madison Avenue, located at the south end of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.  

The conservation lab is looking to engage in training opportunities for conservation and preservation students with a focus in paper-based materials. Collections needing treatment can include prints, documentation, maps, manuscripts, books, posters, photographs, and parchment. Experience in the OCE lab will include hands-on experience and administrative duties while working closely under the Head of Conservation along with other OCE staff (curators, libraians, archivists, and techinichians) on conservation and preservation treatments. The internship can be catered around the skills and interests of the student. 

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

Duties can include:
• Examination – Visual and scientific examination of collections prior to treatments. 
• Documentation – write condition reports, treatment proposals, and treatment reports. 
• Treatment – carry out prioritized treatments on collections materials.
• Develop storage and housing plans for both large- and small-scale collections 
• Develop improvements in preventative conservation throughout OCE collections.
• Assessments, surveys for collections incoming/outgoing/current 
• Monitor collections environments 
• Respond to pest alerts and disasters 
• Carry out custom-made housing for collections
• Grants – Work with conservation and curatorial staff to aid in development of grant proposals and carry out direct grant-funded projects that advance collections conservation and preservation.
• Outreach - Preservation and Conservation outreach including in-person and online workshops and training in-house and to NYS institutions. Advise and consult in the areas of conservation and preservation for NY based institutions.

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

This position will afford a student with direct, hands on experience working with materials in a variety of formats and working with tools in a modern, professional conservation laboratory.  Students will have the benefit of learning from an AIC certified conservator and will be given specific projects that they can include in their portfolio when they enter the job market.  Students will be able to participate in any professional development activities offered to State Archives staff and will be able to participate in any other Archives-wide activities including regular staff meetings, providing exposure and experience in a professional workplace.

Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a conservation program and will have had some exposure to basic conservation techniques and tools and basic preservation approaches.  This position will involve some bench work which involves patience and attention to detail.


There are no schedule requirements, but all work must be completed during the weekday hours of 8am to 5pm.

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to  Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-SP23-1) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Internship Program: 
SUNY/SED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Cultural Education
Program Office: 
State Archives Conservation Laboratory

Cheri Schneider

Number of Interns Requested: 
Degree Level: 
Spring 2023
Pay Rate: