We’re starting a new occasional series here at the TMSB (yes, that’s what I’m calling it now). We’ll be sharing some of the great internships that Tufts students are heading off to this summer, and over the following year.

First up is Rebecca Barber, who’s finishing her Museum Studies certificate this summer and fall with a sweet internship at the Peabody Essex Museum. Here’s what she has to say:

This summer I will be interning at the Peabody Essex Museum in their conservation department. I met Mimi Leveque, a mummy conservator, through an interview on a project I did through collections care and management class. She offered my an internship all the way back in November, was very helpful, and very hospitable. I am starting next week and will be working on cleaning and restoring furniture from the Ropes Mansion (previously had a fire in 2008). In addition, I will be helping cleaning and restoring objects in the Asian,  Maritime and Export exhibits. Pretty much I will be assisting Mimi Leveque with many pieces of art and learning new conservation techniques as well as getting more hands on experience with the collection. I have no previous conservation experience and no collection’s experience so this is a good internship to be thrown into learning how to handle objects and conservation techniques right away.