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Training Opportunities

Interns are a vital component of operations at Shangri La. From new ideas and perspectives to critical research, Shangri La continually benefits from providing training opportunities to university-level students and volunteers. In turn, interns and volunteers gain valuable insight and experience, and develop both professionally and personally. Areas where training opportunities are offered include:


Intern Genevieve Bieniosek and conservator Molly Lambert work on tiles in the central courtyard, summer 2011.

Internships at Shangri La are viewed as a bridge between academic learning and real-world experience, challenging students to apply what they have learned in the classroom. As such, interns are typically assigned a project to complete and a supervisor who provides guidance. During these training opportunities, interns work with and learn from diverse staff members, and experience different facets of museum work. Unlike interns, who are training for a career in museums, volunteers provide long-term support to the museum.

Summer Conservation Internship Program

Since 2004, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) has partnered with the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), an international leader in conservation training and research, to conserve the Damascus Room and Syrian Room at Shangri La. Starting in 2014, DDFIA expanded the reach of the Summer Internship Program to include participants from other formal training programs, such as those at Buffalo State College and UCLA/Getty. Each project is uniquely designed for graduate students training to become conservators.

See art conservation work completed by interns from WUDPAC at Shangri La:

For inquiries regarding current training and volunteer opportunities, please refer to jobs or contact: shangrilahawaii@ddcf.org

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