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Gain hands-on experience 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.

The Ransom Center recruits potential undergraduate interns directly and through partnerships with academic programs on campus. Undergraduate interns must be able to work 10 hours a week for the full academic year. 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 Harry Ransom Center's Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) program provides hands-on experience in the nature and operations of a major humanities research center. This experience will benefit GRAs in advanced graduate studies, academic research, and possible career options.

    GRAs will be appointed on a semester basis for one or two years. Preference is given to graduate school candidates enrolled at The University of Texas long enough to complete a two fiscal year term (September 1-August 31). A commitment to work twenty hours per week in three- or four-hour blocks of time is required. All GRA positions are security sensitive.

    Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree and be enrolled at The University of Texas graduate school during their tenure. GRAs will be classified as Graduate Research Assistants, they will receive an annual stipend, and this is an insurance-eligible position with tuition assistance. Further information is available about GRA positions on The University of Texas website. Contact Rick Watson, Head of Reference and Research Services, for more information about the GRA program at the Ransom Center: watsonrb@austin.utexas.edu.

    Graduate Research Assistant Application Procedure

    Graduate Research Assistants work with the office of Reference and Research Services providing general support for Harry Ransom Center programs and services. Duties may include answering research queries, staffing library service points, digital projects, teaching and classroom presentations, database management, website enhancement projects or other public or institutional projects.

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

    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.

    Internship appointments for the next fiscal year are announced after May 1, and will be effective September 1–August 31.

    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 and through partnerships with academic 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 growth. The experience gained by interns will benefit them in their own research projects, in possible graduate studies, and in future career pathways 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:

    Lincoln Howard
    Undergraduate Intern Program Coordinator
    Undergraduate Internships
    (512) 232-5096

    Available Positions for 2021–2022

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

    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

    Friday, September 10, 2021–Friday, October 29, 2021

    Students can submit applications via Handshake.

    Interview invitations will be extended directly to candidates after November 1, 2021.

    Internships will take place during the Spring 2022 semester, and non-graduating interns may have the opportunity to continue through the Summer.

    To Apply

    An applicant should provide the following:

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

    *Applicants must specify if they belong to the Plan II or Liberal Arts Honors programs. If neither, please indicate you are applying for a Law Endowment 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.


    • 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 Lincoln Howard, Undergraduate Intern Program Coordinator, should be submitted directly via email to lincoln.howard@austin.utexas.edu.

    The deadline for 2021–2022 academic year applications is October 29, 2021.

    The period of work will be January 24, 2022 to May 20, 2022. Non-graduating interns may request to extend their position through the Summer.