Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections is responsible for acquiring, processing, digitizing, and preserving unique, primary source materials. In particular, the materials focus on the university, Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the American South. Interns and volunteers play critical roles in Special Collections by helping the repository create digital collections, finding aids, and exhibits of cultural heritage resources. Currently, our archivists train, mentor, and supervise 25 student assistants, interns, and volunteers working more than 250 scheduled hours/week in Special Collections.
Internship and volunteer duties may include:
- arranging and describing archival collections;
- authoring biographical and historical notes that provide context for archival materials;
- conducting oral history interviews;
- transcribing audio and video assets;
- creating descriptive metadata in a spreadsheet;
- using scanners and cameras to digitize archival materials and rare books;
- conducting research and writing narratives for grant applications;
- and developing exhibitions, blog posts, and other outreach initiatives.
Special Collections works closely with interns and volunteers to provide experiences tailored to meet the learning needs of individuals. Past projects assisted by interns and volunteers include the following:
- Creation of A "Fiendish Crime" by an "Inhuman Monster": Local Media's Role in the Criminalization of Ed Johnson web exhibit.
- Conducting and transcribing interviews for the Chattanooga Women's Oral History Project.
- Metadata enhancement for the Ralph W. Hood and W. Paul Williamson Holiness Churches of Appalachia Recordings and Interviews digital collection.
- Processing and description of the Herman Lamb Photographs archival collection.
- Metadata creation for and digitization of the Raymond B. Witt Chattanooga Public Schools Desegregation Records digital collection.
Special Collections works with the following partners to provide unpaid internship and practicum experiences for undergraduate and graduate students.
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Anthropology
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of English
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of History
- University of Tennessee School of Information Science
Interested parties should apply for an internship by sending a cover letter, resume, and list of three references including the references relationship to the applicant to the Director of Special Collections, Carolyn Runyon, at Carolyn-Runyon@utc.edu. The cover letter should provide a description of the applicant's relevant experience and address what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship, including learning objectives and how the internship would meet the applicant's career goals. Internship candidates must interview with the Director of Special Collections and must be willing work onsite during our regular hours of operation at least 10 hours a week for a minimum of 1 semester. Applicants are encouraged to consider working 2 semesters in Special Collections to gain more well-rounded experiences in archives and records management.
Please note that interns and practica students are responsible for making their own parking arrangements.
To volunteer, please send a cover letter, resume, and application to the Director of Special Collections, Carolyn Runyon, at Carolyn-Runyon@utc.edu. Volunteer candidates must interview with the Director of Special Collections and must be willing work onsite during our regular hours of operation at least 5 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.
Please note that volunteers are responsible for making their own parking arrangements.