Humanities Research Center Internship
Plan II offers an internship program at the Harry Ransom Center that is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with experience in the nature and operations of a major humanities research center. The experience gained by interns will benefit them in their own research projects, in possible graduate studies, and even as a career option in such fields as librarianship, museum studies, archival or curatorial work, as well as public affairs, marketing, public programming and event management. Once selected, interns will choose from a variety of opportunities within the center. These vary from year to year, but will likely include:
- processing collections
- preserving collection materials
- planning exhibitions
- doing editorial and publicity work
- working on website enhancement projects
- marketing and public affairs
The internship will be for the entire academic year, fall and spring semesters. Interns are asked to commit to a particular department for at least one full semester. Most interns work in a single department the entire year, but some choose to change at semester break. Internships for three months in the fall: September, October, and November, and three in the spring: February, March, and April. Thus, the internship will end each semester before finals begin.
The position is not a benefits-eligible one, but there is a stipend of $1500 per semester, for which the intern is expected to put in 10-hours of work each week. The student must be registered for a minimum of six hours of coursework and be able to work in the US without restrictions in order to be eligible for the stipend. In addition, students may earn academic credit through the internship courses offered by Liberal Arts Career Services.
Applying: An applicant should provide the following:
- a one-page resumé,
- a letter from the student describing his/her interest and qualifications,
- and a letter of recommendation from a UT faculty member or someone who knows the candidate's professional qualification pertinent to this internship
Both letters should be addressed to the attention of Danielle Sigler, Curator of Academic Affairs. The letters should be attached to the resumé and submitted in hard copy format to the Plan II Office by the deadline.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: All slots for the 2014-2015 academic year are filled, the next application cycle for the 2015-2016 year will occur during the spring 2015 semester. Check back here or keep an eye on Plan2News for more information.
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