The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of the Netherlands. The collection contains 1.1 million (art) objects from and relating to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. The museum receives over two million visitors a year with a stunning building, surprising decor, beautiful exhibitions, lively events and many pleasant facilities for young and old. 
The Rijksmuseum’s dynamic and diverse Conservation & Science Department is housed in the Ateliergebouw or Studio Building across the street from the Rijksmuseum. In addition to the 6 conservation studios and laboratories of the Rijksmuseum, the building hosts the conservation training program of the University of Amsterdam, the Scientific Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the newly formed Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The strong collaboration between conservators, scientific researchers and art historians in the three institutes makes for an interdisciplinary and inspiring environment. 

The department of Metal holds an internationally recognized position in the field of technical research and conservation and consists of a core team of conservators supported by a team of conservation scientists and researchers. Together they stimulate the integration of scientific research into conservation practice. 

The Rijksmuseum is inviting applications for:

Graduate internship in Metal Conservation
Full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of three to six months, starting in January 2023


The intern will work alongside the conservators to monitor the condition of the collection, preparing objects for loans, writing condition reports, (de-) installing exhibitions, and assisting with other ongoing (research) projects. The Conservation department works closely with the Curatorial- and Science Departments and the intern will be expected to participate in discussions about ongoing treatments and research projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend regular talks organized by the three institutions housed in the Studio Building.






  • For the duration of the entire internship (January 2023 – end June 2023) applicants must be students enrolled in a (inter)national MA-level conservation training program with a specialization in the specific fields mentioned above. Applicants should possess;
  • true interest in integrating scientific research into conservation practice;
  • proven manual skills, and have experience with conservation treatments;
  • basic knowledge of analytical methods useful for research;
  • fluency in English, spoken and written;
  • the ability to work in a team.

The internship is unpaid. A modest monthly stipend of 250 euros a month based on 36 hours working week is offered. Special requirements are in place for students coming from outside Europe.

The application requires a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, to be submitted online. Applications must be submitted via the button on our website (on the vacancy page). For further information, please contact Joosje van Bennekom, Head of Metal Conservation, tel. 020-6747389, or by mail:  For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Marijn Hovingh, Recruiter email:

Please apply following instructions on the Rijksmuseum website.
The closing date for all applications is 29th of June 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after the deadline. All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted. Selections will be made and interviews will be held in the week of 4th of July 2022.


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