The Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries is partnering with the University of Delaware and five host sites -the Brooklyn Museum, Fisk University Galleries, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Winterthur Museum, Library, & Garden, and Yale University Museums & Galleries- to provide a six- week internship in practical conservation internship (SIP-C) during summer 2023.


Ten current students or recent graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), who have previously participated in an introductory conservation program of any length, will be selected for this six-week program of study. The first two weeks will be an overview and an introduction to conservation at Winterthur Museum near Wilmington, Delaware.

The remaining four weeks will be an internship with two students remaining at Winterthur and two students interning at each of the other four host sites. Students will return to Winterthur in the final days of the program to present their work to their peers and supervisors. The internships will provide a deep and rewarding hands-on conservation experience.


The program will PROVIDE:

  • travel to and from Winterthur and each host site
  • housing at Winterthur for weeks one and two
  • housing at the internship site for the four-week internship
  • and a stipend of $3,900 to cover meals and incidentals during the internship


To be ELIGIBLE applicants must:

  • be an HBCU or MSI student or recent graduate; other diverse students will be considered
  • have participated in an introductory conservation program or activity
  • and have expressed interest in further learning about the art conservation

*Preference may be given to students affiliated with member institutions in the Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries.



Please submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) your resume or CV, and 3) a letter of reference from either your conservation program leader or your HBCU mentor to the Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries via their website:



The deadline for applying is 1 March 2023.

Students will be informed of the status of their application by 30 March 2023.

The program will take place from 18 June – 3 August 2023. (Please anticipate travel to take place the day before and the day after the program dates.)