1897 Daimler Victoria Conservation Internship

Simmons Graduate Internship Program
The Henry Ford’s Conservation Department, based in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, consists of 5 conservation studios and laboratories and operates within the Historical Resources Department.  

The Conservation Department seeks a current graduate conservation intern for the opportunity to apply their skills to the conservation of an 1897 Daimler Victoria. The Victoria models from the Daimler Motor Corporation were an early form of a motorized taxicab. During the summer of 2018, The Henry Ford’s Victoria was transferred to a new storage site with concerning disfigurements and conditions that requires conservation.

Essential Functions
The intern will undertake the care and conservation of the vehicle through investigative examination, research, documentation, and conservation treatment. The intern will develop a conservation methodology to stabilize the painted surfaces and perform general vehicle conservation for long term storage and prospective exhibition. 

The intern will work in the Main Storage Building Conservation Garage at The Henry Ford. The intern will gain experience and familiarity with the collection, conservation operation, and collections management system (EMu) at The Henry Ford.  In addition, at the completion of the internship, with assistance and input from appropriate staff, the intern will present a synopsis of the examination and conservation treatment to an audience of The Henry Ford staff. 

  • Research and conservation treatment of the 1897 Daimler Victoria that includes treatment of original paint, leather upholstery, and composite materials.
  • Contributes to the department’s operation, projects, procedures, and practices.
  • Applies relevant professional standards and guidelines

Minimum Requirements
Successful candidates must be enrolled a recognized conservation program. Experience with treatment of large objects and standard knowledge in collections care and handling required. Must be proficient with documentation data entry and collections management database systems. Must communicate effectively with staff. Materials analysis, documentation photography, and technical writing are also preferred.

Special Skills
Candidates with a strong interest in the conservation of Industrial and Transportation Collections, particularly preservation of early automotive painted surfaces, are preferred. Candidate should be self-motivated, focused, and willing to work independently and within a team. Problem solving, accuracy and attention to detail are essential.

The deadline for application is Friday, March 8, 2019 (postmarked or emailed by 11:59 PM EST). 

Please submit inquiries, letter(s) of application, résumé or CV and letters of recommendation to HistoryInternship@TheHenryFord.org or Saige Jedele, Associate Curator and Simmons Internship Coordinator, The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029).

Program information and complete application requirements available at  thf.org/about/grants.aspx.