The third year of the program consists of a 12-month internship spent away from the department.
Interns train under the supervision of a senior conservator working in the student's area of specialization. Placement is made at the department's discretion in consultation with the student and potential internship supervisors. The progress of each internship is monitored by the student's department adviser through reports submitted periodically by the internship supervisor and the intern. Interns may elect a 20-workday privilege for individual research and study with the approval of the internship supervisor and the department. At the close of the internship year, all interns return to the department in September for final oral presentations and presumed award of the master of arts degree and certificate of advanced study in art conservation.
Recent third-year internship placements have been at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Library of Congress; the Carnegie Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; the Denver Art Museum; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.