Canadian Conservation Institute Paid Postgraduate Internship Program

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers paid postgraduate internships for one-year appointments. Interns must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have recently (within the last five years) completed a degree program from a recognized university or a two-year diploma program from a recognized post-secondary college in a specialization related to conservation or the management of heritage information.


The objectives of the Paid Postgraduate Internship Program are:

  • to provide a bridge between academic studies and professional practice as a means of ensuring that the heritage community has access to fully trained workers in the fields covered by CCI;
  • to provide paid work experience to recent graduates of recognized conservation or science training programs;
  • to share CCI's expertise and knowledge through professional development opportunities; and
  • to increase CCI's capacity to serve the heritage community while providing professional development opportunities.

Interns will be expected to participate in and contribute to day-to-day laboratory activities. For conservation interns, these activities could include items such as treatments, consultations, research projects, laboratory maintenance, facility assessments, site work as well as seminar preparation and delivery. Their particular treatment or research interests will be considered.


Paid postgraduate internships have a maximum duration of 12 months.


To be eligible to apply, candidates must:

  • be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants;
  • have graduated within the last five years from a recognized university or college in a program related to the internship; and
  • have recent (within the last two years) relevant experience that may have been obtained through a combination of post-secondary studies, volunteer work or extracurricular activities.

Canadian Conservation Institute's areas of specialization

  • Archaeology
  • Conservation science
  • Fine arts and polychrome sculptures
  • Furniture and wooden objects
  • Heritage interiors
  • Museology
  • Preventive conservation research or services
  • Textiles
  • Works on paper

Please note that the capacity for internships in specific areas varies each year, depending on CCI operations and priorities as well as staff availability.


Paid postgraduate interns will be hired as term (one-year) government employees at the GT-1 level (for conservation interns) or PC-1 level (for conservation science interns).

Intern responsibilities

After completing their internship, interns may be required to produce a brief report, suitable for publication on the CCI website, which describes the work and/or research they did during their time at CCI.

How to apply

Paid postgraduate internships will be advertised on the CCI website. Interested candidates should visit the site regularly or subscribe to e-News to ensure they are notified of the opportunity to apply.

The official job advertisement and application form will be published on the GC Jobs website. Candidates must submit their applications online through this website. Information on how to apply for jobs in the federal public service is also provided on the site. In addition, please note that candidates should include the following with their application:

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a list of courses completed or currently being completed during the academic year,
  • a cover letter that describes recent experience relevant to the position and
  • contact information for references.

In addition, candidates for conservation or conservation science positions who pass the first screening will be asked to submit the following additional information:

  • Conservation interns – a portfolio of recent projects for which the candidate was responsible.
  • Conservation science interns – examples of publications or reports the candidate has written.

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