International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property


Are you interested in pursuing a career in the cultural heritage sector? Are you currently undertaking a postgraduate degree and need to carry out a compulsory internship? Have you recently completed a degree and would like to gain exposure to the work of an International Organization? Are you good at working in multidisciplinary teams? Do you have strong interpersonal and organizational skills? Are you a national of an ICCROM Member State?   

If the answer to the above questions is “yes” then an internship at ICCROM may be for you.

An ICCROM internship will give you the unique opportunity to assist our staff on international projects, meet other interns and research fellows, interact with heritage professionals from all over the world and stimulate your intellectual curiosity. In addition, through this experience you will gain an insight into the working environment of an Intergovernmental Organisation and the multifaceted dimensions of cultural heritage conservation.

Since the creation of our Internship and Fellows Programme in 2002, more than one hundred and fifty individuals have benefitted from the experience of undertaking an internship with ICCROM. This could now include you.

Available internships

Internships are undertaken in association with one of the thematic or regional programmes underway at ICCROM, or may also be carried out at ICCROM Library and Archives, with units dedicated to Strategic Planning, Partnerships and Communications, the Office of the Director-General, and Administration, as well as with the ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Office. 

Currently, internships are offered in the following areas:


Internships are available either at the ICCROM headquarters in Rome or at the ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Office in the U.A.E.


Internships are generally offered for three months; however other periods may be considered for example, to accommodate a University pre-requisite.


Calls for internships are made in the year preceding that in which the intern wishes to carry it out, e.g. deadline 2020 for internships to take place in 2021. Other periods could be taken into consideration if required by the prospective intern and when proven to be beneficial to the chosen programme.


ICCROM internships are free of charge. If funding is available at the time of the internship, a contribution towards living costs for a period not exceeding three months may be awarded to selected candidates. 

ICCROM is not responsible for overall living expenses, including accommodation, nor for covering the costs of travel, insurance, and visas (where applicable), or any other related costs. These conditions apply to internships at both ICCROM headquarters and at the Sharjah Regional Office.

Thanks to the generous support of Dr Nicholas Stanley-Price, former Director-General of ICCROM, the funds available to ICCROM to support living costs for internships have been increased. In exceptional cases assistance with travel costs may also be possible for applicants from less developed countries.

Visa, Travel, and Medical Insurance

ICCROM will assist interns requiring a visa and provide the necessary documents to facilitate entry into Italy or the U.A.E. Interns are responsible for arranging their travel, accommodation, and personal insurance. Valid major global medical and accident insurance coverage for the full period of the internship is compulsory. 

Academic Background

Candidates must hold a first degree or higher in an area related to cultural heritage for example (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art history, conservation/restoration, engineering, library/archival science, museology, public administration, urban planning. Other disciplines may be considered if relevant to the chosen programme.


ICCROM’s working languages are English and French. Candidates are expected to have an excellent command both written and spoken of one of these two languages. For the ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Office in the U.A.E, Arabic is an asset.

Deadlines for Application

2022 Internships
31 March 2021 for internships to take place in 2022. Applications received after this deadline will be processed at the next call for internships, if of interest to a specific programme on an ad hoc basis.


ICCROM internships are awarded through a competitive selection process. To apply for an internship, please send a letter of intent and Curriculum Vitae (no more than one page each) to ICCROM by e-mail. The letter should be prepared according to this template.

Your e-mail should be marked ‘2022 Internships’ and addressed to: internships (at)

Alternatively, in the event that you are unable to send your letter and Curriculum Vitae by e-mail, if time allows please send the hard copy by mail (or alternatively by fax to ensure that you meet the deadline) to the following address:

Ms. M. Anna Stewart
Activity Coordinator in Strategic Planning
ICCROM – Internship and Fellows Programme
Via di San Michele, 13
I-00153 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 58 55 33 49


A Selection Committee will assess each application. All candidates will be informed of the Committee’s decision in writing as soon as results are available. The timeframe for receiving notification varies depending on the number of requests received. The applicant’s academic background, interests and career plans are taken into consideration as well as their statement justifying the request. Kindly note that the number of internship requests far exceeds the opportunities available. For additional information about internships, see our frequently asked questions.

General Remarks after selection

ICCROM staff members supervise interns; assign tasks in consultation with the intern and monitor progress. Prior to the end of the internship, interns are asked to make a presentation to all staff on their results and achievements. Every intern who successfully completes an internship receives a certificate of attendance, and a letter of reference outlining the tasks undertaken.