Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

UT Harry Ransom Center

Fall 2017

Position: Classroom Instruction Intern
Student: English Senior

The Harry Ransom Center is a humanities research library and museum. We hold collections related to subjects such as literature, film, photography, and visual and performing arts. The Ransom Center features a new exhibit every semester, so this is one way that visitors can engage with the Center’s collections. Other ways that patrons interact with the collections include research and study, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings.

As an undergraduate intern in classroom instruction, I work to support undergraduate and graduate classes that come to the Ransom Center to engage with our collections. We find materials in the collections that relate to a particular class and then request for those items to be paged. During the research process, you might start by looking at the “Guide to the Collections,” which provides a list of the major holdings within a specific academic area of study. For a more advanced search, you might then turn to the finding aid and try different keywords. Usually, we select about 12-15 items for a single class, so you want to pick only the most relevant items. After these items get paged, you begin the flagging process, which involves reading and thinking more about the items you selected. You select a certain page of a book or a particular file in one folder that you want to display, then the books go on display inside one of our three classrooms. You will talk briefly about the items you chose and how they relate to the class, so your contributions help guide discussion and encourage a more active learning experience. In addition to research, you will work on other assignments that relate to pedagogy and curriculum development.  

Fall 2011

Student: Plan II & Religious Studies Junior
Position: Humanities Research Center - Public Affairs Intern

The Undergraduate Humanities Research Center Internship is available to Plan II and Liberal Arts Honors students. The internship takes place in the Harry Ransom Center here at the University of Texas at Austin. Students interested in the internship are to apply through the Plan II website.

Accepted applicants list 3 departments in the Ransom Center in which they would like to be placed. While the departments needing interns varies from year-to-year, the departments available at the time of my internship were: Public Affairs, Film and Photography, Manuscripts Archive, and internships with specific curators working on upcoming exhibitions.

A typical day in the Public Affairs department where I work varies from day to day. When I arrive, I checked in with my supervisor, Jen Tisdale the Director of Public Affairs, and asked her what projects she would like me to work on for the day, or to update her on my on-going projects and the ones I had finished. Most of my responsibilities involved the promotion of the Harry Ransom Center’s exhibitions, both current and up-coming ones. This was primarily done through blog posts I wrote that would be published on the Ransom Center’s blog “Cultural Compass.” My other responsibilities were researching commercial media contacts, as well as other contacts that might be interested in our exhibitions, in order to target them in our promotional projects. These contacts included state and national newspaper writers, local and state-wide academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. I also acted as a liaison between Artists Rights Society and other similar organizations concerning the Ransom Center’s use of materials under copyright. Finally, I have begun work with the Marketing department in a project that involves on-campus and student-geared promotions of the Ransom Center.

After working on any number of these kinds of projects, my day usually ended with a quick update of the day’s progress with Jen or the Public Affairs associate Alicia before checking out.


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