Ransom Center and University Plan II Honors Program Launch Pilot Undergraduate Intern Project
Taking seriously The University of Texas at Austin Plan II Honors Program's motto "Education Without Boundaries," a new venture between the Ransom Center and Plan II will provide a unique opportunity for a group of University students. Beginning this fall, three Plan II seniors at The University of Texas at Austin joined the Ransom Center staff as undergraduate interns. Internships like this are unusual at large research libraries. Although they are being offered for the first time this academic year as a pilot program, it is hoped that their success will bring about permanent funding and that undergraduate internships will become as permanent a fixture at the Ransom Center as our graduate internships are.
The Plan II Honors Program is a highly selective four-year course of study in the College of Liberal Arts featuring a strenuous curriculum of humanities, arts, and science courses. Most Plan II students go on to graduate or professional programs. Plan II/Ransom interns will have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of functions throughout the Center, from answering research queries to planning exhibitions and preserving collections. It is hoped that this experience will benefit interns 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, and information technologies.