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 Department is housed in the Ateliergebouw, or Studio Building, across the street from the main museum. In addition to the six conservation studios and laboratories of the Rijksmuseum, the building hosts the conservation training programme 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 Rijksmuseum is inviting applications for:

Internship in Paper Conservation

The position is full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of 3 to 6 months, to be scheduled between September 2022 and August 2023, in accordance with the interns training programme and the department schedule.

The department of Paper and Photo Conservation consists of a core team of three paper conservators, two photographic materials conservators and three conservation technicians and is supplemented by other conservators working on different projects, as well as researchers and scientists. Together they are responsible for the conservation of the collection of the Rijksprentenkabinet, the largest museum collection of prints, drawings and photo graphs of the Netherlands.





The intern will be given the opportunity to carry out conservation treatment on works of art on paper and conduct research on their materials, techniques and condition. The intern will also assist the paperconservators with monitoring the condition and maintenance of the collection, preparing prints and drawings for loans, writing condition reports, (de-)installing exhibitions, and assisting with ongoing research projects. The Conservation department works closely with the Curatorial department, and the intern will be expected to participate in discussions about ongoing treatments and research projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend regular talks organized by the three institutions mentioned above.

For the duration of the entire internship applicants must be students enrolled in a MA-level conservation training programme with a specialization in paper conservation. Applicants should possess:

  • Sufficient knowledge and skills to carry out practical conservation treatments;
  • Interest in integrating scientific research into conservation practice;
  • Basic knowledge of analytical methods useful for research;
  • Fluency in Dutch or 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 a 36 hour working week is offered. Special requirements are in place for students coming from outside the European Union.


Information & applications
The application requires a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, to be submitted online. For further information, please contact Idelette van Leeuwen, Head of Paper and Photo Conservation, tel. 020-6747113. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Marieke van den Boogaard Jr. HR advisor, tel. +316 49 57 77 14.

The closing date for all applications is Sunday the 24th of June at 23:59 (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after the deadline. All applications must be submitted in Dutch or in English via the website of the Rijksmuseum. A digital interview will be part of the selection procedure, which is planned to take place in the week of the 4th of July. Applications or related materials in any other form will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified 2 weeks after the deadline.



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