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Application Guidelines of Internship,Department of Registration and Conservation, National Palace Museum

Revised 2009/3/4

1.Purpose
The main goal of this internship program is to provide graduate and undergraduate students an internship opportunity involving museum conservation practice.

2.Terms
a. Corresponding to the need of different conservation sections, the internship duration is from 2 to 6 months in Chinese painting conservation section, and 2 to 4 months in object or books and archives conservation section.
b. Weekly schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Lunch break 12:30-1:30 (allowing for flexibility depending on work circumstances)
c. In case of a sick leave or other personal leave, please fill out a form asking for time off and report absences in advance. If the sick leave cannot be reported in advance, please report it the same day by phone.

3.Number of openings
Corresponding to space limitations, the internship program, positions in Chinese painting conservation section are limited to 3 interns each year, one at a time, and 2 interns in object conservation section and books and archives conservation section each year.

4.Requirements
a. Priority is given to graduate students who have at least one year courses in relevant conservation or restoration.
b. Applicants must commit to the museum's weekly schedule.
c. For foreign applicants, priority is given to those able to speak and understand Mandarin. Those who are unable to speak Mandarin must be able to speak English. And all foreign applicants are responsible for obtaining and extending their own visas.
d. Applicants must apply with official written application and send to the Museum by post. The museum has the final decision on the application.

5.How to apply
a. Applicants must apply at least four months before the internship starts, and prepare:
(1)an application letter, including a statement of intent (attached with a 500- word autobiography), relevant experiences on your résumé, and glue 2 pieces one-inch passport size photos.
(2)resume;
(3)copies of transcripts on conservation related courses;
(4)and a recommendation from conservation related course adviser (the letter of recommendation must be written in original letterhead with the adviser's signatures and must be in sealed envelopes);
to be sent to the Department of Registration and Conservation, National Palace Museum.
Please note on the envelope that the application is for applying internships in Department of Registration and Conservation.
b. Qualified applications will be notified of a scheduled personal interview date in National Palace Museum. For those who are not able to be present in person, a phone interview can be scheduled instead.

6.Details of the internship
a. Details depend on specific aspects of the Department of Registration and Conservation. In the first week, interns will be guided to different sections in the department and become familiar with the Department of Registration and Conservation 's functions, staff, and conservation work manual.
b. Begins from the second week, each staff member involved with the internship program makes arrangements and assigns specific duties to the intern.
c. If circumstances permit, interns may attend lectures, internal training sessions, seminars on the museum collection, and other related courses.
d. Interns must submit reports on their internship before the internship ends.

7.Evaluation:
a. Interns must submit 2 copies of final internship reports at the end of internship. The report should include feedback and learning from the job. One report will be kept on file in the internship department for reference.
b. Interns will be evaluated on four categories: attendance, overall work performance, work attitude, and the final internship report. The Department of Registration and Conservation will mail the evaluation to school for reference after the internship ends.
c. The Department of Registration and Conservation provides evaluating all four areas listed above. Further references required for schools can also be provided.

8.Regulations:
a. Interns only publish intern reports and intern-relevant conservation techniques with the National Palace Museum agreement. Publication relevant to the internships should be examined by the museum and noted that what in the publication has been supervised by the Department of Registration and Conservation.
b. Interns should follow the regulations in the Department of Registration and Conservation, receiving instructions from appointed conservation supervisor. The involvement in work with conservation supervisor will be based on the interns' skill levels along with the work needs. In case of the violations or damage to the artifacts, in which case, the museum can terminate the internship.
c. Interns only work on ongoing conservation work of Department of Registration and Conservation to avoid the delay of the work schedule.
d. The internship is unpaid.
e. Interns can not take photos, video or audio recording without authorization.
f. Agreements of above five regulations should be signed on the first day of the internships by the interns.
Any further questions, please e-mail: npm105@npm.gov.tw