Research positions typically include 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 UTSA Special Collections, online databases, microfilm, insurance maps, and oral histories. Under guidance from staff, research findings will be added to the research department’s files and may be used in the development of future exhibits or other museum activities. All students will submit a final project at the end of the internship for evaluation of their progress.
This position will teach students object processing and handling, historical research and writing, and 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, fabrication of storage mounts/boxes, environmental and pest monitoring, object research, and object mount fabrication. All students will submit a final project at the end of the internship for evaluation of their progress.
This position will teach students how to conduct and transcribe oral histories and/or gain exposure to fieldwork experience. Interns will be trained in oral history methods and practice and gain experience in transcribing existing oral history projects. Work completed during the internship will be recorded in the UTSA Special Collections and ITC permanent archives. Duties may include local travel to assist with interviews, updating files and records associated with the collection, transcribing and indexing oral histories, historical research and writing, and completion of new oral history interviews. 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 (see descriptions above). Students will work with research and collection staff to on projects supporting museum initiatives and exhibits. Students will take away a valuable record of experience in preparation for a future career in museums or related fields. All students will submit a final project at the end of the internship for evaluation of their progress.
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.
Advancement and Development
Interns will gain first-hand experience on implementing fundraising strategies and techniques as part of team. Activities will include creating attractive announcements and invitations for meetings and events, developing fundraising strategies, assisting with event preparations, maintaining contact lists, conducting donor research, and scheduling appointments as needed. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in museums, philanthropic organizations and NGOs, and communications industries.
Communications and Marketing
Interns will learn brand management, including how to coordinate social media activities for a large cultural attraction. Students will gain first-hand experience working with internal clients and external stakeholders for marketing, building social media profiles, and brand management that includes influencing messaging strategies. Students will undertake a series of projects that will become part of the ITC’s marketing materials, volunteer recruitment, programs, and resources for educators. This opportunity is ideal for students across many fields, including those interested in communications, tourism/hospitality, outreach, and brand management.
Special Events and Festivals
Interns will receive training in Special Events management. The Institute hosts two very large Festivals annually — 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, and will use practical skills 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.
Education and Tours
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.