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Undergraduate Internships

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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.

Watch a video featuring a Plan II Honors student discussing her internship at the Ransom Center.

The Ransom Center supports University of Texas at Austin undergraduates through internships designed to provide experiences in the nature and operation of an internationally recognized humanities research library and museum. We recruit potential interns directly, through departments and partnerships with academic and scholarship programs on campus. Our ideal candidates come from a wide range of experiences, have a desire for learning and mentorship, and a passion for the work done at the Ransom Center.

We support our intern cohort by coordinating monthly professional development meeting which create a space for professional and personal growth. 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.

Funding for our interns are sponsored by the Liberal Arts Honors, Plan II Honors programs and Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate Internship Endowment. Interns hired through these channels have the opportunity to earn up to $1500 semester stipend.

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) 10-hours of work per week. The student must be registered for a minimum of six hours of coursework at The University of Texas.

Application Guidelines

To apply for these positions, students must be enrolled in the program/departments and submit application materials through Hirealonghorn. Please contact the department directly for more information on the internship and eligibility requirements.

  • Liberal Arts Honors
  • Plan II
  • Undergraduate students not affiliated with the programs above can apply for the Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate Internship

Available Positions for 2019/2020

Students can view the available positions listed below, and must apply through Hire A Longhorn. The position can be located by searching the Job ID - 73410, the name of the employer - "UT- Harry Ransom Center" or directly through the following link:   Apply

Students are permitted to apply to more than one position, but will submit only one application with a ranking of their preferred positions at the end of their cover letter.

Application Period

Monday, January 7–Friday, February 15

Students can submit applications via Hirealonghorn, interviews will be extended directly to candidates after February 15th.

To Apply

An applicant should provide the following:

  • Resumé - submitted through Hirealonghorn.
  • Cover letter - submitted through Hirealonghorn.

*Applicants must specify if they belong to Plan II or LAH. If neither, please indicate you are applying for the LAW internship.

*Please indicate in your cover letter the positions you are interested in by ranking your top 3. This will help us to determine your eligibility and interest for positions that are not your first choice. If there are positions you would not like to be considered for, please indicate that as well.

An example of this format is as follows:

I would like to be considered for the following positions:

1. Classroom Instruction
2. Education and Public Engagement
3. Performing Arts Curatorial Assistant

I would not like to be considered for Public Affairs or Technical Translation.


  • Letter of recommendation from a UT faculty member or someone who knows the candidate's professional qualification pertinent to this internship.

Letters should be addressed to Andi Gustavson, Instructional Services Coordinator and should be sent directly to hr@hrc.utexas.edu

The deadline for 2019-2020 academic year applications is February 15, 2019.


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