Collections Conservation Intern – Historic Ford Estates

DEPARTMENT:      Historic Resources       

REPORTS TO:         Director of Material Culture    

STATUS:  Unpaid Internship


This internship provides general collections and conservation support for the Historic Resources Department at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and the Henry Ford Estate.


  • Assist with examination and condition reporting for objects needing conservation.
  • Learn basic cleaning and storage techniques for items in collections.
  • Photograph work and enter information into collections database.
  • Assist with other collections duties as needed such as dusting, inspection of items on display, and additional cleaning tasks.


  • Provide training similar to that which would be given in an educational environment.
  • Provide intern with close supervision by regular employees qualified in the intern’s field of study.
  • Direct opportunity to learn about proper care of museum objects.
  • Learn about preventative conservation techniques including inspection of objects.
  • Ability to practice and improve organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Direct opportunity to handle objects, while learning relevant and applicable basic conservation skills.
  • Opportunity to learn proper cleaning methods and storage for preventative conservation.
  • Practice precision in data entry and organization.
  • Learn how about a wide variety of materials and how they are stored, handled and organized in a museum setting.
  • Learn practical and relevant collections/conservation skills that will transfer for to future opportunities for working in museums and cultural institutions.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student studying history, museum studies, library science, American studies, or a closely related field preferred. Recent graduates of such programs may also apply.
  • Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move and position items weighing up to 45 pounds.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects effectively.
  • Ability to function independently as well as on a team.
  • Attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills is a must.
  • Comfortable speaking to groups and able to communicate effectively with visitors and other staff members.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Shows initiative, good judgment, and the ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Able to stand for long periods of time, climb stairs, assist others, and work outside.


  • A resume including a list of courses taken;
  • A cover letter expressing areas of interest and career goals; and
  • A completed employment application.

If you are interested in an internship with Ford House, please complete an Internship Application and forward it, along with your resume, to Barbara Vanderheuvel at:

Posted on the MMA website 12/20.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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