UT Harry Ransom Center
Student: Plan II & Religious Studies Junior
Position: Humanities Research Center - Public Affairs Intern
The Undergraduate Humanities Research Center Internship is available to Plan II and Liberal Arts Honors students. The internship takes place in the Harry Ransom Center here at the University of Texas at Austin. Students interested in the internship are to apply through the Plan II website.
Accepted applicants list 3 departments in the Ransom Center in which they would like to be placed. While the departments needing interns varies from year-to-year, the departments available at the time of my internship were: Public Affairs, Film and Photography, Manuscripts Archive, and internships with specific curators working on upcoming exhibitions.
A typical day in the Public Affairs department where I work varies from day to day. When I arrive, I checked in with my supervisor, Jen Tisdale the Director of Public Affairs, and asked her what projects she would like me to work on for the day, or to update her on my on-going projects and the ones I had finished. Most of my responsibilities involved the promotion of the Harry Ransom Center’s exhibitions, both current and up-coming ones. This was primarily done through blog posts I wrote that would be published on the Ransom Center’s blog “Cultural Compass.” My other responsibilities were researching commercial media contacts, as well as other contacts that might be interested in our exhibitions, in order to target them in our promotional projects. These contacts included state and national newspaper writers, local and state-wide academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. I also acted as a liaison between Artists Rights Society and other similar organizations concerning the Ransom Center’s use of materials under copyright. Finally, I have begun work with the Marketing department in a project that involves on-campus and student-geared promotions of the Ransom Center.
After working on any number of these kinds of projects, my day usually ended with a quick update of the day’s progress with Jen or the Public Affairs associate Alicia before checking out.