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:

Internships

Special Collections works with the following partners to provide unpaid internship and practicum experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. 

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

All volunteers are subject to a background check and must sign the UTC Library Volunteer Agreement before working in Special Collections.

Please note that volunteers are responsible for making their own parking arrangements.