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EXPLORE OUR STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Institute of Texan Cultures provides experiential learning opportunities to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students offering hands-on projects that contribute to the museum, university, and community.

Internships enrich the educational experience of students, serve society through expanded research, serve the public through community engagement, and serve UTSA by educating and empowering students.

“The feature that makes my internship at the ITC unique from others I have completed elsewhere is the wide range of experiences I’ve been welcomed to be involved in— teacher workshops, family events, lectures, adult events, student tours, and more.” - Kinza S.

Available Internships

Museum Research

Research typically includes exhibition content research, object-based research, photographic research, and/or archival research. Interns will become part of the research team and may work on a variety of projects in support of museum programs. Interns receive training in multiple areas, including use of the ITC photo collections, online databases, microfilm, city directories, insurance maps, and oral histories. Under guidance from staff, research findings will be documented in the research department files and may be used in the development of future exhibits or other museum activities. A research project will be assigned which will include research trips to at least two local research facilities.

Collections Management

Skills will be gained in object processing and handling, historical research and writing, and museum collection management. Students will be instructed on basics of museum collection management. After gaining sufficient knowledge, interns actively engage in hands-on collection management activities. These typically include object intake and processing, use of the collection database, inventory, cataloging, labeling, digital photography, condition assessment, design and fabrication of storage mounts/boxes, environmental and pest monitoring, object research, object mount fabrication, and assistance in physical as well as virtual exhibition development. Students will take away a valuable record of experience in preparation for a future career in museums or related fields.

Oral History (Undergraduate)

Interns will be trained in oral history methods and practices and gain experience in transcribing existing oral history projects and conduct one supervised interview. Work completed during the internship will be deposited in the ITC’s permanent archive. This internship is designed to instruct undergraduates interested in learning how to conduct and transcribe oral histories and/or gain exposure to fieldwork experience. Duties may include local travel to assist with filmed interviews, updating files and records associated with the collection, transcribing and indexing oral histories, historical research and writing, and completion of one new oral history. All students will submit a final oral history project at the end of the internship for evaluation of their progress during the internship.

Oral History (Graduate)

Interns will be trained in the basics of conducting oral histories, gain sufficient knowledge of methodology, and will conduct interviews for new or existing ITC oral history projects. Work completed during the internship term will be deposited in the ITC’s permanent archive. Duties may include contacting potential interviewees; traveling to identified locations to conduct filmed interviews; updating files and records associated with the collection; transcribing and indexing oral histories; and historical research and writing. All students will submit a final oral history project at the end of the internship for evaluation of their progress during the internship.

Research and Collections (Combined)

Interns divide their time equally between two sections, Collections and Research. Museum research typically includes exhibition content research, object-based research, photographic research, and/or archival research. Interns will conduct a specific research project in support of museum initiatives. Students will also learn basics of museum collection management. After gaining sufficient knowledge, the intern will assist in activities which may include object intake and processing, use of the collection database, inventory, cataloging, labeling, digital photography, condition assessment, design and fabrication of storage mounts/boxes, environmental and pest monitoring, object research, object mount fabrication, and exhibition development. Skills will be gained in object processing and handling, historical research and writing, and museum collection management. Students will take away a valuable record of experience in preparation for a future career in museums or related fields.

Museum Education

Internships are tailored to undergraduate or graduate needs to provide the student with an understanding of museum education practices, programs and materials. Students will gain practical experience in curriculum writing, research, program development, and artifact interpretation which will benefit those wishing to pursue a career in museum or K-12 education. Interns are introduced to museum education practices pertaining to presentation, thematic development, curriculum, and public programing. Working with the education and interpretation staff, the intern will gain hands-on experience in the execution of public programs, teacher professional development, delivery of guided tours, use of Special Collections digital resources, and the development of online education content, social media and collateral materials for exhibits. A research project focusing on curriculum development, thematic interpretation, program delivery, or teaching methodology will be assigned.

Development

Interns will gain first-hand experience on implementing fundraising strategies and techniques as part of team. Activities will include making follow-up calls to ITC board members, donors, and VIPs who have been invited to special events, exhibit opening receptions, and/or other VIP events; creating attractive announcements, invitations and agendas for meetings and special events; assisting with preparations for donor and department meetings; maintaining lists organized for RSVPs; conducting cursory donor research through Raisers Edge and Google or other Web Sites; assisting with Altru Database tasks as assigned; and scheduling appointments and updating schedules as needed. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in the museum industry as well as the philanthropic and communications industries.

Communications

Activities include coordinating social media activities for one of the City’s top cultural attractions featuring more than 16,000 followers across existing social media platforms. Interns will gain first-hand experience working with internal clients and external stakeholders, building new social media accounts from the ground up, and brand management that includes influencing messaging strategies. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in the cultural arts, tourism, and higher education fields.

Special Events

Interns will receive training in Special Events management. The Institute hosts two very large Festivals annually—the Asian Festival in February and the Texas Folklife Festival in June. Students will gain understanding of festival and event management along with the day-to-day operations, then put this knowledge to practical use as part of the festival team in the museum. Students will gain experience in organizing, planning and implementing programs that come together to create a single event. The experience gained will enhance a resume in preparation of a future career in event management or related fields.

Tours and Tourism

Internships are tailored to provide the UTSA student with an understanding of museum practices, programs, outreach and materials. Students will gain practical experience in tourism management through scheduling and leading tours, artifact interpretation, marketing, downtown SA tourism industry networking, and data collection, which will benefit those wishing to pursue a career in tourism management. Although students may use materials developed during their internship for their own academic pursuits, all projects undertaken during an internship become part of the ITC’s development of marketing materials, volunteer recruitment, and tours, programs, and resources for educators.

COURSE CREDIT

UTSA course credit (3 hours for 150 work hours) may be earned for most internships at ITC. The internship will fulfill the requirements for the UTSA Museum Studies minor internship (MSM4933) as well as internship requirements in many other disciplines. Non-UTSA students may apply if intending to take course credit with their home institutions.

COMPENSATION

Both paid and unpaid internships are available. To be accepted for a paid internship, the student must be taking the internship for credit either at UTSA or at another accredited institution of higher learning. Paid internships currently earn $10 an hour for a maximum of 150 hours. Unpaid positions are considered volunteers and do not have a specific hour requirement.

TO APPLY

Submit the following documents as an application to ITCinternships@utsa.edu:

  • A letter explaining how your studies or experience qualify you. (Specify which position you desire – e.g. Museum Research, Summer 2018).
  • A resume or vita
  • Transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A letter of support from the faculty member who will oversee your internship in your home department. (If you are using this internship for the UTSA Museum Studies minor requirement, an additional letter from Dr. Scott Sherer is also required. See UTSA minor in Museum Studies for more.
  • Selected applicants must successfully pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) conducted by UTSA-PD, and abide by all UTSA and other applicable conditions for employment or volunteer positions.

Please reference the specific internship description for any additional instructions. For more information contact us at ITCinternships@utsa.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications may be submitted at any time before the deadline, but notification of final selection will generally not be made until the application deadline has passed. Late applications may be considered depending on circumstances, but in general must be submitted prior to the deadline to be processed. Inquire if you wish to apply after a deadline has passed.

  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Session: April 15
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