Education and Training


The Gladys Brooks Conservation Laboratory provides education and training to conservation professionals and pre-professionals through internships, volunteer opportunities, and participation and leadership in professional organizations.

The Lab is the regular site for workshops and lectures on topics related to conservation and binding. The Lab consults with other institutions on conservation issues and participates in tours for organized groups.  For more information, please email or call (212) 822-7363.


Gladys Brooks Book Conservation Internship

The Gladys Brooks Internship at The New York Academy of Medicine is designed to provide an opportunity for training in book /library and archives conservation. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to perform a range of item level conservation treatments on library materials, participate in collection care projects, and gain insight in to the workings of a dynamic book conservation lab.  

This paid internship lasts for 2-3 months, depending on the number of days spent in the lab and the available stipend. Dates a are flexible and will be arranged personally with the successful candidate. Only one paid internship is granted per calendar year.

Applicants for this internship must:

• Be current students or recent graduates of a conservation training program, or have the equivalent experience;

• Demonstrate a working knowledge of bookbinding, the history of books, and current conservation theory and practice;

• Have a student or working visa, if not a U.S. citizen

Applicants must submit electronically all of the following to

1. A detailed letter of interest

2. A current resume

3. Three letters of professional recommendation

We are not currently accepting applications for the 2015 Gladys Brooks Internship.  This page will be updated with future opportunities.  

Unpaid Internships

The Gladys Brooks Lab offers unpaid internship opportunities to individuals at various stages in their conservation training and careers. Interns benefit professionally and intellectually from participation in the Lab’s daily activities and from experience treating items in NYAM’s collections. Internships may last from one to four months. In most cases, hours can be arranged flexibly. Applications for unpaid internships are accepted on a rolling basis. Inquiries can be sent to

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to internships, the Gladys Brooks Lab offers volunteer opportunities to students preparing for a career in conservation. Volunteer positions are open to individuals with some experience in bookbinding and who can demonstrate an interest in book conservation. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one full day per week. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Inquiries can be sent to

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