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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 meetings 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. After a successful pilot year, we are happy to be partnering with the University Leadership Network (ULN) in areas across our institution for the first time. ULN students are compensated through a scholarship program that includes an experiential learning component fulfilled by Ransom Center internships.

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/department and submit application materials directly to their program/department. Please contact the department directly for more information on the internship and eligibility requirements.

  • ULN students work directly with their program and follow their recruitment process guidelines.
  • Plan II and LAH can apply through Hire a Longhorn
  • Undergraduate students not affiliated with the programs above can apply for the Thos. H. Law and Jo Ann Law Undergraduate Internship through Hire a Longhorn

Available Positions for 2018/2019

Students can view the available positions listed below and apply directly through Hire a Longhorn.

Positions can be located within Hire a Longhorn by searching by job title or institution. Students are permitted to apply to more than one position.

Application Period

Friday, March 9—Friday, April 6

Students can submit applications via Hire a Longhorn, interviews will be extended directly to candidates after April 6th.

To Apply

A complete application will include the following:

  • Resumé - submitted through Hire a Longhorn.
  • Cover letter - submitted through Hire a Longhorn. *Applicants must specify if they belong to Plan II or LAH. If neither, please indicate you are applying for the LAW internship.


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

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

The deadline for 2018-2019 academic year applications is April 6, 2018.


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