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.
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.
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.