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internship opportunities at ics

Internships offered at ICS are designed to introduce current tertiary students to the wide range of practices and skills involved in the disciplines of materials conservation and collection management. Depending on the projects we have available, interns may work with a particular department for the duration of the internship, or they may have the opportunity to work with several departments during the internship. Projects can range from working on conservation projects to collection cataloguing and registration projects. The majority of the work will be undertaken at our office in Chatswood, but there may be opportunities to work off-site depending on the nature of the project.

Internships are typically designed to meet the requirements of current Australian tertiary courses in conservation and museum studies.

All internships are unpaid positions.

Internship availability

We do not have regular intakes of interns. As our ability to offer internships is dependent on the projects we are currently working on, the number and timing of internships varies from year to year. Current internship opportunities are listed here.

Applications will only be considered for internships listed on our website. 


The length of the internship will depend on the requirements of the course the intern is currently enrolled in, and the projects on which the intern will be involved. This information will be provided as part of the internship opportunity description.

Internships at ICS are unpaid positions, and we are unable to offer assistance with practicalities such as finding accommodation or travel for the duration of the internship.


Please note: we only offer internships to people currently enrolled in a relevant course of tertiary study (i.e. conservation, museum studies etc). We give preference to students studying at Australian institutions.

We regret that we are unable to provide work experience opportunities to secondary students or others.

The general requirements for internships at ICS are as follows:

  • Studying, or just completed studies, in materials conservation or museum studies
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to work independently, thoroughly and with attention to detail
  • Eye for detail and accuracy, resulting in the production of professional results
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

Specific skills required for particular projects will be outlined in the description of the internship opportunity.


Each intern is expected to observe and abide by the following principles while working at ICS:

  • Respect the aims, values and reputation of ICS and carry out tasks assigned to them responsibly and in a professional manner
  • Be a team player and work within agreed guidelines and timeframes
  • Observe all relevant ICS policies and procedures, which will be discussed wih the intern at the commencement of the internship

Application procedure

Application procedures will be noted with the internship opportunity description listed in the Internship Opportunities section of our website. This will typically involve application via an online form, with an automatic acknowledgement. We will advise within the timeframe shown on the internship opportunity description whether your application has been successful or not.

You may also register your interest in future internship opportunities here. If you register your interest here, we will notify you of internship opportunities for a period of twelve months, after which we will assume you are no longer interested unless you register again.