Textile Conservation (National Museum of Qatar)


The National Museum of Qatar opened in March 2019 and has achieved record visitors in the time since. The museum holds more than 45,000 local and international objects that are related to Qatar’s history and daily life. Now that we are operational we are able to concentrate on the behind the scenes work that makes up much of a museum professional’s work. As such, the museum has some opportunities for internships that will provide insight and hands on working experience.

Essential Functions

The current project will focus on our textile collection which we will bring in to our newly built museum storage area. Led by our textile conservation and collections team we intend to correctly document, photograph, clean and pack the textile collection, which ranges from personal clothing to Bedouin tents. Working with our specialists the intern will gain hands-on experience in how museum’s operate. These include:

  • Profession approved (SPECTRUM, CIDOC) documentation, cataloguing and photographic procedures.
  • Museum Collection management software.
  • Correct handling and storing procedures and environmental conditions for historical textiles.
  • Learn packing methods and materials used for museum collection.
  • Learn basic cleaning (surface cleaning) skill on historical textile objects.
  • Experience with different types of historical textile objects and would be able to examine/ learn their structure and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • Planning concepts by studying relevant information and materials.
  • Illustrating concepts by designing examples of art arrangement, size, type size and style and submitting them for approval.
  • Preparing finished art by operating necessary equipment and software.
  • Coordinating with outside agencies, art services, web designer, marketing, printers, and colleagues as necessary.
  • Contributing to team efforts by accomplishing tasks as needed.
  • Communicating with clients about layout and design.
  • Creating a wide range of graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and websites with software such as photoshop.
  • Reviewing final layouts and suggesting improvements when necessary.

Application Details

  • Dates and Length: internships are offered through a year both academic semesters and vacations and are very flexible.
  • Who can apply: Students and recent graduates who are interested in working on textiles or gaining museum experience. Class of 2019 Graduates are highly encouraged to apply; this internship is a great way to get your foot in the door of the museum world, meet and network with professionals, and may lead to future career opportunities 
  • Documents required: Cover Letter, CV, Qatar ID, and Letter from University (aka Certification of Enrollment letter from the Registra's office). Applicants must include proposed length of internship in the cover letter.
  • How to apply: email Career Services Coordinator, Noor H. AlOraidi, suleimannh@vcu.edu to advise you on the application process.