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Undergraduate intern Michelle Bennight updates the inventory of paintings in the Ransom Center's art collection, which included documenting works, confirming measurements and other information. Photo by Jennifer Tisdale.


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Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate Internships

Through the Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate Internship Endowment, the Ransom Center funds internships designed to provide University of Texas at Austin undergraduates with experience in the nature and operation of a major humanities research library and museum. 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
  • teaching with the collections
  • planning exhibitions
  • performing editorial and publicity work
  • working on website enhancement projects
  • assisting marketing, public affairs, and development

Liberal Arts Honors and Plan II Internships

Each academic year, the Ransom Center also hosts undergraduate interns sponsored by the Liberal Arts Honors and Plan II Honors programs at The University of Texas at Austin. To apply for these positions, students must be enrolled in the program/department and submit application materials directly to their program/department. Please contact the department directly for more information on the internship and eligibility requirements.

Academic Year 2017-2018

Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law internships are available for the academic year 2017-2018. Internships begin the second week of classes and conclude on the last class day each semester. Most interns work in a single department throughout the year, but some may choose to change at semester break.

We encourage applications from rising juniors and seniors, but all undergraduates are eligible to apply. Interns will be appointed as Undergraduate Research Assistants (an hourly position that is not benefits-eligible) and will receive approximately $1500 per semester for 10-hours of work per week. The student must be registered for a minimum of six hours of coursework at The University of Texas at Austin each semester. Students must be able to work in the U.S. without restrictions in order to be eligible.

To Apply

An applicant should provide the following:

  • a one-page resumé
  • a letter from the student describing interest and qualifications
  • 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 Andi Gustavson, Instructional Services Coordinator. Applications may be delivered to the Center's third floor administrative office:

Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
300 West 21st Street
HRC 3.200
Mailcode F1900
Austin, Texas 78712

Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to:

Andi Gustavson
Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, Texas 78713-7219
Fax: 512-471-9646

The deadline for 2017-2018 academic year applications is April 1, 2017.


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