Internship for Plan II Students
Plan II Honors offers an internship program at the LBJ Library and Museum. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The museum collection contains more than fifty-four thousand objects donated by the President and Mrs. Johnson, their family, close friends, associates, and the American people. The collection is very diverse and includes objects ranging from Middle Eastern antiquities and coins to postage stamps to oval office furniture. The Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, 650,000 photos and 5,000 hours of recordings from President Johnson's political career. The mission of the LBJ Presidential Library is to preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibitions and educational programs; to advance the LBJ Library's standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world.
This internship opportunity is active during the fall and spring semesters and would be a great opportunity for any student interested in history, government, politics, international affairs, domestic affairs, public policy, and education. The time commitment is 10 hours per week each semester. This internship is paid; the student selected will receive a $1500 stipend each semester sponsored by both the Plan II Honors Program and the LBJ Library and Museum. Note: to receive the stipend, the intern must be enrolled in at least twelve (12)* credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and be able to work in the US without restrictions.
Past Plan II interns have worked in the education division on projects such as conducting document and audio-visual research on specified topics to supplement curriculum, permanent and temporary museum exhibits, and the development of additional classroom or online activities all aligning with Texas and national social studies standards. Plan II students have also interned in the archive division working on projects such as performing systematic preservation in the archival holdings, preparing finding aids that were posted on the Library's web site, preparing descriptions of archival collections for the National Archives online catalog, editing databases to standardize entries for the web, and doing research for web exhibits within the LBJ Library and Museum.
The 2017-2018 intern will work under the supervision of the Museum Registrar on the following projects: inventory of artifact collections, digitizing two-dimensional artifacts, organizing and describing exhibit records, and other museum and/or exhibit related projects.
- coursework in History or Government (a plus)
- demonstrated organizational skills
- demonstrated regular and punctual attendance at work and professional demeanor
- demonstrated writing skills
- knowledge and interest in US History (a plus)
All applicants should provide the following documents in hard copy format to the Plan II Office (CLA 2.102) or through the Box Submission widget below:
- a one-page resume
- a letter from the applicant describing his/her interest and qualifications
- a letter of recommendation from a UT faculty member or someone who knows the candidate's professional qualifications pertinent to this internship, or a list of two professional or academic references
For more information, visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.
THE 2017-2018 INTERNSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31.
*Students in their graduating semester may be registered for six (6) hours of coursework and employed as an intern. If you believe you will be eligible to take 6 credit hours during the spring 2018 semester, please plan to discuss this option further with Katie O'Donnell, Plan II Academic Advisor, before applying.
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