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.



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.



Fall/Winter Intern

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., is seeking a dedicated and collaborative intern to join the Education department during the Fall and Winter of 2019 (October-December). This intern will assist with a range of important projects, including a new online platform for teachers, a teacher membership campaign, and our student Shakespeare festivals. 

This intern will contribute to the mission of Folger Education by completing various responsibilities, including but not limited to the following: collecting, organizing, and storing content for Forsooth!, our new online community for teachers; tracking user engagement on Forsooth!; entering and maintaining data in our online teacher database; and supporting the planning and execution of the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival and Children’s Festivals. The intern will be responsible for preparing welcome packages for new teachers, participating in Folger Education staff meetings, and supporting day-to-day administration and operations as needed. Additionally, the intern may assist in the planning and execution of teacher professional development and Folger Education’s presence at the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English Conference. 
Candidates must be currently enrolled students or recent graduates with a commitment to outreach and education, and be able to commit to a regular weekly schedule of up to 16 hours per week during normal business hours. Our ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, an eye for detail, and a desire to learn. A strong sense of initiative, open-mindedness, and curiosity is needed to succeed. A desire to work on a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and collaborative team is a plus. A sense of humor is a must. 
This internship is a part time paid opportunity, and may be eligible for academic credit. Thorough background checks are required of the selected candidate. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume on our website. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



We are not currently accepting applications for internships.


Public Programs

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