Want to know what it's really like to work in Conservation Services? We regularly offer summer internships. Contact Whitney Baker, head of Conservation Services, at or 785-864-3568 if you're interested in a summer internship. Learn about our past interns and their work below.

Conservation Services summer 2015 intern Allison Brewer
Allison Brewer
A pre-program conservation student, Allison served previous internships at the Library of Congress, Heugh-Edmondson Conservation Services, the Hirshorn Museum (Smithsonian Institution), and the American Philosophical Society. During her eight weeks as the 2015 Ringle Conservation Intern, Allison completed a survey of approximately 450 yellowback books from Special Collections. Yellowbacks, so named because they were often printed with yellow paper covers, were mass-produced volumes marketed as railway literature in the 1840s through early 1900s. Allison’s survey captured bibliographic information, types of damage, and treatment priority for each book. She then provided treatment for thirty-five of the most damaged fragile books.


Conservation Services summer 2014 intern Amber Van Wychen
Amber Van Wychen
A paper conservation graduate of the Camberwell College of Art (London), Amber spent her 2014 summer internship assessing and treating the collection of Peggy Hull Deuell, the first female American war correspondent and Kansas native. The collection, housed in the Kansas Collection, consisted of newspapers and newspaper clippings, manuscripts, scrapbooks, and maps. Amber completed a condition survey of the collection, mapped out a treatment strategy with the curator, and treated hundreds of items during her eight weeks in the lab. She also assisted in a bookbinding workshop for a group of participants in KU Mini College, held by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Conservation Services summer 2013 intern Erin Kraus
Erin Kraus
For eight weeks in summer 2013, Erin Kraus held the position of Conservation Summer Intern. A graduate student in Art Conservation at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Erin supported two main initiatives. Her first project was to develop workflows and procedures for humidifying and flattening oversize architectural drawings in an auxiliary space. Her second project was to survey, document, un-frame, and treat selected framed materials from the University Archives and Kansas Collection of Spencer Research Library. Erin also helped us respond to two water leaks in Anschutz Library in June 2013.


Conservation Services summer 2014 intern Cheyenne Bsaies
Cheyenne Bsaies
Between June and August 2012, Conservation Services hosted summer intern Cheyenne Bsaies. Most recently from Virginia, Cheyenne completed a condition survey of a new collection of 16th-18th century rare books, constructed complex enclosures for oversize rare books with metal bosses and clasps, and helped organize a training session for the Collections Emergency Response Team on responding to large-scale disasters. The training was put to good use during one of Cheyenne’s last days when a water main break in the Art & Architecture Library deluged approximately 17,000 books, which were quickly sent offsite to be vacuum freeze dried.


Stannard Conservation Laboratory
135 Watson Library
1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7544

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