Museum Studies graduate students enrolled in the M.A. program at NYU pursue internships at Villa La Pietra for credit in fulfilment of their program's degree requirements. For the past several years, a series of interns have participated in many ways: giving tours of the art collection, organizing concerts and other cultural events, and cataloguing the art collection. The small staff and large amount of work to be done ensure that these students make important contributions and have rewarding experiences.
Students specializing in the conservation of works of art and earning their M.A. at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, have the opportunity to gain experience working on objects in the Acton Collection by participating in short projects organized throughout the year. The preservation challenges cover a wide range of materials and provide experience with identifying conservation priorities through surveys of the collection as well as hands-on treatments addressing stabilization and cleaning problems. Recent projects have included materials such as Chinese lacquer, prints and drawings, textiles, marble sculptures, and even the eighteenth-century frescoed walls of Villa La Pietra itself.