The Department of Conservation and Preservation has from its establishment been committed to and engaged in the ongoing training of bench conservators.  As the field of conservation, preservation, and conservation science has grown, so too has the nature of and the need for a diverse array of training programs.  The Department has offered a range of opportunities from short workshops on specialized topics, to day-long conferences in paper permanence, to short 4 month paid or year-long internships as well as year long internships to grant supported post doctoral fellowship.  The following internships and post doctoral fellowships are regularly offered on an annual basis.

Heritage Science for Conservation (HSC) Postdoctoral Fellowship

The HSC Postdoctoral Fellowships are generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Each year HSC sends a call for proposals through diverse announcements and postings to institutions and organizations to attract recent PhD graduates in various fields of scientific inquiry.    While HSC describes a rich agenda related to the nature of paper and book materials, all proposals are welcomed that are designed to yield useful information, deployable procedures, and trustworthy products for book and paper conservators at the bench.

The Harriet and Donlin Long Internship in Conservation

Through the generous gift of Harriet and Donlin Long, the Sheridan Libraries is able to offer semester length internships in book and paper conservation.

Helen Ohrenschall Book and Paper Conservation Internship

The Helen Ohrenschall Book and Paper Conservation Internship began in 2007 with the generous support of Susan Ohrenschall Baxter and John Ohrenschall.   Attracting an international pool of applicants, the Internship Program was designed to provide bench training from promising pre-program conservation students to intermediate training for recent graduates of conservation programs.   Each of the Ohrenschall Interns has gone on to work as professional conservators, holding positions in major conservation labs in the United States and Europe, while several entered the private sector. The Internships were tailored to meet the needs of each student, by building upon student’s strengths while also providing opportunities to further core competencies.  This Internship provided a broad range of supervised and independent treatments which develop practical skills and knowledge.  Working alongside seasoned conservators, conservation scientists, and curators in a state of the art lab, students treated materials from the special collections and the archives of the Sheridan Libraries & Museums. We wish to acknowledge our deep appreciation to Susan Ohrenschall Baxter and John Ohrenschall for the generous gift on behalf of their mother, Helen Ohrenschall, and the invaluable opportunity it afforded these Interns in preparing them as professional conservators.

HISTORY OF THE OHRENSCHALL INTERNS