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The Graduate Research Assistant application period has been extended to April 30, when all application materials are due. Application reviews and candidate interviews will take place in early May. The Harry Ransom Center still expects to appoint two GRAs for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.


Gain real-life knowledge in an extraordinary place.

Follow your passion. If you're considering an internship at the Ransom Center, it's probably because you're deeply curious, humanities-oriented, and an enthusiastic student of literature, film, and/or the visual arts. These Internships are available to both graduate and undergraduate students and provide unique opportunities to work behind the scenes with experts at an important cultural institution with worldwide connections.

All internship positions are security sensitive and regular meetings with staff create a space for professional and personal growth for all interns. The Ransom Center recruits potential undergraduate interns directly, through departments and partnerships with academic and scholarship programs on campus. Graduate interns must be able to work 20 hours a week for the full academic year and may be able to extend the internship for a second year. Graduate interns classified as Graduate Research Assistants are eligible for a stipend.

Discover internship possibilities below and jumpstart your career.

  • Graduate

    The Ransom Center's graduate internship program provides participants with hands-on experience in the nature and operations of a major humanities research center. This experience will benefit interns in advanced graduate studies, in academic research, and in possible career options.

    Interns will be appointed on a semester basis for one year and may apply to renew the internship for a second year. Preference is given to candidates who will be enrolled at the university long enough to complete a two-year term. A commitment to work twenty hours per week in three- or four-hour blocks of time is required. All internship positions are security sensitive.

    Interns must hold a Bachelor's degree and will be classified as Graduate Research Assistants at an approximate annual stipend of $15,500. This is an insurance-eligible position with tuition assistance. Further information is available regarding Graduate Research Assistant appointments.

    Rick Watson
    Head of Reference and Research Services
    Graduate Internships

    Graduate Internship Application Procedure


    Graduate Interns work with the Office of Reference and Research Services providing general support for Harry Ransom Center programs and services, which may include answering research queries, staffing library service points, digital projects, teaching and classroom presentations, database management, and website enhancement projects.

    Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and at least one letter of recommendation before March 31, 2020.

    Paper copies are not required, but letters should be signed. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately from the applicant's cover letter and résumé before March 31, 2020.

    Internship appointments for the academic year 2020–2021 will be announced after May 1, 2020, and will be effective September 1, 2020–August 31, 2021.

    Application materials may be submitted by the applicant or the recommender in any of the following ways.

    By uploading electronic documents (MSWord or PDF files) below:

    By sending email attachments (MSWord or PDF files) to watsonrb@austin.utexas.edu.

    By post to:

    Rick Watson, Head of Reference and Research Services
    attn: Internship Program
    Harry Ransom Center
    P.O. Drawer 7219
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX 78713-7219

    By campus mail to:

    Rick Watson
    Harry Ransom Center, F1900

    By hand delivery to the Reading and Viewing Room Receptionist, second floor, Harry Ransom Center.

    By fax to 512-471-2899.

    Additional questions about the internship program may be directed to Rick Watson, Head of Reference and Research Services, at watsonrb@austin.utexas.edu.

  • Undergraduate

    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, that 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.

    For more information, contact:

    Andi Gustavson
    Head of Instructional Services
    Undergraduate Internships

    Undergraduate Internship Application Procedure

    To apply for these positions, students must be enrolled in one of the following programs and submit application materials through HireUTexas. 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 2020–2021

    Students can view the available positions listed below, and must apply through HireUTexas.

    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

    Thursday, January 30–Monday, March 30

    Students can submit applications via HireUTexas.

    Interviews will be extended directly to candidates after April 3rd.

    To Apply

    An applicant should provide the following:

    • Résumé - submitted through HireUTexas.
    • Cover letter - submitted through HireUTexas.

    *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 & Public Engagement
    3. Performing Arts

    I would not like to be considered for Visual Materials.


    • 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, Head of Instructional Services, and should be sent directly to agustavson@utexas.edu

    The deadline for 2020–2021 academic year applications is March 30, 2020.