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.


Public Programs

Public Programs Intern

Folger Theatre, Folger Consort, and the Public Programs Division of the Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., seek a friendly and enthusiastic intern to join our team starting this summer and running through March of 2020. Our interns are a key part of our team, and get to experience the reality of working for a major DC arts organization that is also a part of the world’s largest Shakespeare collection.  The intern will primarily be assisting the Associate Artistic Producer with the management of Folger Theatre including casting, rehearsals and performances as well as many special events.  The intern will also attend and participate in production and marketing meetings, assist the General Manager with various activities for the season, copy-edit and proof promotional materials for Marketing, and prepare and pursue research for additional public programming as needed.  Folger Theatre is the Helen Hayes Award-winning theater that produces epic stories on an intimate stage.

Candidates for this position must be available to start in August of 2019 and work through March of 2020. This position requires the ability to commit to a consistent 5-day per week schedule (Monday-Friday), for a total of 20 hours. Some evening and weekend hours may be required for events. An ideal candidate will be a current or recent college student looking to explore a career in the arts or non-profit management, and possess strong editing skills and attention to detail. Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills are needed. The person should have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and be able to work independently and as part of a team. This position is unpaid, but may be eligible for academic credit.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on our website. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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.



We are not currently accepting applications for internships.



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. 


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