An international hub for Shakespeare scholarship and the study of the early modern period, the Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) connects the 21st century with William Shakespeare’s work, ideas, and times in which he lived. The Folger is dedicated to cultivating new audiences for a new world, with a renewed and revitalized commitment to connecting Shakespeare’s stories to the world so that all visitors will find their own stories reflected. The Folger creates lovers of Shakespeare and the humanities through programs that speak directly and powerfully to the human experience. Programming elevates shared humanity by immersing visitors in encounters with diverse viewpoints around priceless collections, breathtaking spaces, unique performances, and new research.

The Folger’s founders, Henry Clay and Emily Jordan Folger, established the institution in 1932 as a gift to the American people. After opening, the Folger steadily expanded its holdings to become a world-class research center on the early modern age in the West. Its public outreach programs, beginning in the library’s early decades with exhibitions, lectures, and publications, have also grown over time. Today, they include Folger Theatre productions, early-music concerts by the Folger Consort, the O.B. Hardison Poetry series, the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions in their various forms, and a lively array of educational offerings for teachers, students, and families. Many of these programs have roots in the late 1960s and early 1970s and have developed into robust expressions of the Folger’s mission. In 2020, the Folger also celebrated 50 years of the Folger Institute, which builds interdisciplinary communities of scholars for collections-based research and many types of associated programs.

Ongoing programming drives discovery and creates transformative experiences for students of all ages. The Folger is a leader in performance-based education, and more than two million teachers and students benefit from a broad variety of programs, exhibits, and events each year. The historic building, which was designed in 1932 by Paul Cret, is undergoing a multiyear, $72-million-dollar major renovation. With an expected completion in 2023, the renovation will expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance engagement for all visitors. While access to the building is restricted, the Folger boasts a new digital platform called Miranda (named after the character from The Tempest), which holds its archive of collection items and images for scholars and enthusiasts. Reimagined public spaces will include a 12,000-square-foot pavilion and garden, fully accessible with elevators and restrooms, connecting the gardens with all sides of the building. Modern exhibition spaces will display both permanent and temporary collections, with a Great Hall as a centerpiece public exhibition gathering space, including a new café. New study rooms will be available for researchers to meet with curators and conservators, along with a flexible multi-purpose meeting space for seminars and collaborations. The new Education Laboratory will be a home to hands-on demonstrations, interactive workshops, and discussions for learners of all ages, which will enrich and support the education of Shakespeare’s texts.

Located one block from the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC, the Folger is governed by a 20-member board of governors. Director Michael Witmore leads a staff of 115 employees.


The Folger Shakespeare Library seeks a Recruitment and Internship Manager, with at least five years of relevant experience, to join a fast paced and innovative nonprofit HR department during a period of steady expansion and intentional growth. The successful candidate will have strong attention to detail, an interest in the breadth of work at the Folger, and be invested in implementing measures of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into all recruitment activities. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to gain experience in a busy non-profit human resources team, where puns are common, personal responsibility is prized, and customer service is a core value.


This role represents the organization to prospective employees and interns, and communicates the Folger Shakespeare Library’s mission, vision, and goals. As a key member of the HR team, the Recruitment and Internship Manager leads the recruiting function with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. They collaborate closely with hiring managers on all aspects of the recruitment and selection process for staff and interns, including the onboarding and orientation process. This position will collaborate with the Director of HR and other key stakeholders to develop and manage a robust internship program. This position also helps to maintain the employment portions of the website and intranet site and helps plan and execute HR sponsored activities.

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