Many departments at the Folger offer internship opportunities, in which undergraduate and graduate students can learn about the daily operations of an independent research library with a vigorous set of cultural and educational programs. While the majority of these internships are unpaid, this decision is left to each division’s discretion.

Internships are currently offered in the following divisions: Central Library, Public Programs, Conservation, Education, Development. Instructions on how to apply are below.


The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., seeks a current college student to join us as the Peter Erickson Community Engagement Intern as we explore new and unique community partnerships. The Community Engagement programming at the Folger is aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue in local communities about the most pressing issues of the day, using the common lens of history and literature to build connections. Additional information on this programming may be found on our website at:

The Peter Erickson intern will work closely with our Education Department to build the next phase of community engagement programming. They will research potential partnership organizations and spend time meeting with community leaders to identify potential mutually beneficial pairings and topics to explore further. They will research how similar institutions are engaging with their local communities and discuss potential avenues of engagement with the team. The intern will work with our Education staff, and other stakeholders, to generate interesting programming that fits with our mission and is of value to the community.  This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career in community engagement in humanities based institutions.

Applicants for this position should be a current college student who has earned enough credits for a junior status as of the start of the internship. Areas of study and intended career path should relate to the internship, and may include non-profit management, public humanities, community engagement, communications, theatre, education, or other relevant fields of study. A sincere interest in engaging with widely varying communities through literature or history is necessary. Applicants must have; excellent organization skills, the ability to work well with a team, strong internet research skills, the ability to engage and connect with diverse populations, and have a willingness to invest themselves in the work. To be successful the selected intern will need an awareness of how intersectionality may impact conversations around current issues and have a strong desire to create meaningful connections that create a welcoming and collaborative space while honoring individual identities and belief systems.  The selected intern will be expected to be receptive to feedback and be comfortable with asking questions. As a part of their training, the intern may be responsible for completing assigned reading prior to the start of the internship.

This is a full time 8-9 week summer internship in Washington DC, starting no later than May 30th 2017, and will be paid at a rate of $15/hour. Housing is not provided. Applications should include a resume and a cover letter that includes why the applicant is interested in pursuing this opportunity and what they hope to learn about while at the Folger. Applicants may apply on our website at until June 2nd, 2017. 


We are not currently accepting applications for internships. 


Central Library

Internships are available in Acquisitions, Cataloging, Curatorial Support, Digital Initiatives, Exhibitions and Reader Services. The Central Library internship program gives preference to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in library science or museum studies. Please note that while we accept applications on an ongoing basis, we meet on a quarterly basis to consider internships for the academic fall semester, spring semester, or for full or part-time summer internships.

We are not currently accepting applications for internships. 

Public Programs

We are not currently accepting applications for internships. 



Advanced Intern Program

The conservation training program commenced in 1982, and has invited conservation professionals from around the world. Our equipment allows practicing conservators to experiment with new techniques and to incorporate a scientific approach to the documentation and treatment of book and paper artifacts.

The Advanced Intern Program invites visiting professionals to come for a 3- to 6-month period. The training is very much a hands-on experience. The participant’s interests in specific topics and techniques are matched with treatment priorities of the collection and the exhibition preparation schedule. Currently, the conservation lab is staffed with four full time conservators: the head of conservation, a paper conservator, and two book conservators. All are actively involved with the intern’s training and supervision during the internship. 

Our requirements include five years of combined training and educational experience in the book/paper conservation field. Individuals applying for our program should have well-developed fundamental skills and should feel comfortable working independently while receiving guidance from the Folger’s conservation staff. Applicants need to submit a letter of intent, a resume, and three reference letters, preferably from conservation professionals. Applicants accepted to the program are granted a weekly stipend. Foreign applicants will be provided with a J-1 Visa through the Folger Library.


Graduate Intern Program

The Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Lab offers internship opportunities to students enrolled in a US Conservation Program. Students interested in applying for a final year internship should contact us with an application letter and a resume. In-person interviews will be scheduled if possible. Funding for conference or workshop participation might be available, but cannot be guaranteed.




How to apply

Please submit your internship application through the links provided above. Please state whether you are interested in an unpaid internship or if it will be completed for academic credit. If you are requesting academic credit, please also submit a letter from your institution’s internship office stating the requirements.
For additional questions on our internship program, please contact our Human Resources department at