Hi I'm Tessa de Alarcon, a third year graduate intern here at the Penn Museum. I will be graduating in Spring 2012 from the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials. I attended Carleton College, in Northfield Minnesota, where I majored in Studio Art and minored in Archaeology. I discovered conservation as a career while working at Casa Santo Domingo, a Spanish colonial archaeological site, museum, and hotel in Antigua Guatemala. After my pre-program experience in Guatemala, I came back to the States, and started on the course work, particularly chemistry, that I needed to apply to conservation programs, followed by a second pre-program internship at the Denver Art Museum. While in graduate school I spent my first summer interning at Kaman-Kalehöyük (an archaeological site in Turkey) where I treated the archaeological finds from that season and conducted research on corrosion inhibitors for the treatment of archaeological copper alloys.