All students carry out an internship abroad – two months for student-curators and six months for student-restorers. This immersion in a foreign country allows them to discover new working methods and invites them to build up working relationships with foreign professionals. On completion of their training within the Inp, students can pursue their research abroad by applying for a research fellowship awarded by the Carnot Foundation.
Internships for student-restorers
Duration : 6 months
Internship abroad takes place during the fourth year of studies in a public institution, cultural heritage service, foundation or private enterprise. It is subject to a pre-existing project developed in consultation with the head of the specialty concerned, the department of studies and host institutions. The internship programme must allow students to take part in restoration work in all its diversity. Furthermore, the trainee-student might be entrusted with a specific piece of work which is related to his/her own specialty. A standard allowance is paid to each trainee-student.
The purpose of this internship is to broaden the knowledge of each trainee-student, future professional restorers, by helping them discover different working methods and new approaches to cultural heritage. It must weave good relations with foreign restorers and institutions, useful, thereafter, in developing common projects on an international level.
Internships for student-curators
Duration : 7 weeks
Internship abroad is reserved for students selected through internal and external competitive examinations. It involves an immersion programme in a cultural heritage institution relevant to the trainee's specialty. The aim is to familiarise them with the collections, documentary sources, other working methods and new approaches to cultural heritage. It must weave good relations with foreign curators which will be useful thereafter, in developing common projects on an international level.
This programme can include the follow-up and development of certain cultural activities or events, appointments and meetings with the relevant officials and, to the extent possible, a specific mission or task entrusted to the trainee. It is therefore essential that the trainee speak the language of the country in which he/she will reside. It is preferable that this work-programme correspond to the student-curator's points of interest.