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Mickey Lelan Internship – Travis County Conservation Programs

April 15, 2014 · No Comments

Closing Date: 4/30/14

Seeking Applicants for: Mickey Leland Internship for work on Travis County Conservation
Internship Description:
The Travis County Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Division is seeking one intern to work in our Conservation Programs in Summer 2014. Intern will provide assistance in database management, research on education and outreach materials and may assist in events.

Primary activities include 1) data entry and organization of files, best management conservation practices and facility inspections; 2) researching, evaluating and recommending recycling and energy educational materials such as guidance documents, graphic presentations and videos for broadcast or web application; and 3) researching, evaluating and recommending water quality educational materials such as guidance documents, graphic presentations and videos for broadcast or web application. Activities may also include assisting in distributing conservation
program equipment. These activities will provide an opportunity to see first hand the practical implementation of a recycling program and the value of conservation programs.

• The Mickey Leland Internship application process is through TCEQ (Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality) but this Internship is for work with “Travis County Environmental Quality Program”. The Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program provides summer internship opportunities for minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged students pursuing environmental, engineering, science-related, and public administration careers
• Applicants should be generally knowledgeable about recycling and solid waste management, such as waste stream analysis, recycling processes, and challenges associated with implementing conservation programs.
• Applicants should have a basic working knowledge of database applications and be proficient in typical Microsoft Office software. Good communication skills are needed, both verbal and written. The person should be in good physical condition as some work will be outdoors in all types of weather and may include extensive periods walking.

Student Learning Opportunities:
The student will have the opportunity to learn all facets of a recycling program from the evaluation, implementation, and performance measures.

Salary, Time Commitment and Work Location:
The salary will be $13.58/hr. and the intern will work from approximately 20 up to a maximum of 40 hours per week starting in June and continuing through August, with exact dates and days and times to be determined up to a maximum of 481 total hours, with work on weekdays (M-F). The primary work location will be in downtown Austin at 700 Lavaca Street suite 500. Travis County does not provide parking for interns.

General Background:
Travis County’s Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Division is tasked with directing the County’s urban storm water management program, implementing regional air quality protection plans, protecting our endangered species and natural areas through management of the 28,000 acre Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, as well as ensuring the environmental health of our community. To this end, we monitor existing and new industrial and commercial activities in the county, provide analysis and review of new and pending environmental legislation and projects.

How to Apply:
For questions, interested students should contact:
Keith Coburn, Project Manager, at (512) 854-5866 or
Shaun Auckland, of Conservation Program, at (512) 854-4496.

To apply, fill out an application form on the Mickey Leland Internship website and list “Travis County” as the preferred employer.

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Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems Hiring Social/Online Media Intern

April 15, 2014 · No Comments

The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems is hiring a summer Social and Online Media Intern. Join the oldest continuously operating nonprofit focused on sustainable planning and design in the United States in sharing the serious commotion it creates.

We are currently seeking a part-time (8-10 hours per week) Social and Online Media intern to manage our social media channels and blog. This is an unpaid internship that provides the opportunity to become involved with an organization that has helped put Austin on the map as a leader in influential green building initiatives. We want to engage the public in our work, both in the Austin community and beyond, and are seeking a talented, effective social media intern to maintain and enhance our online channels of communication. This internship runs from mid-May to mid-August with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities include:
• Update social and online media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube on a regular basis• Update website blog on a regular basis
• Create compelling social media and blog content, including features on organizational news, relevant local, national, and international news, and ongoing blog series
• Develop and implement strategies to enhance reach and user engagement
• Track and analyze social media and website profile analytics/metrics
• Possibly expand social media channels to include Instagram, Tumblr, and/or others

Job requirements:
• Experience managing multiple online communication channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
• Available 8-10 hours per week; you can work remotely for 6-8 hours per week, but must be able to report to our Austin office for 2-3 hours each week for a check-in with supervisor (required onsite check-in time can be modified over time depending on need)
• Have a flexible schedule that allows for dynamic social media interaction and quick response during normal business hours
• Be an excellent writer and clear communicator

Preferred, but not required:
• Experience in HootSuite
• Experience in marketing, public relations, professional social media
• Knowledge of Drupal

To apply:
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and references (2 minimum) to

The letter of interest should elaborate upon the candidate’s skills and how these skills may be applied to serve in the above capacities. Candidates with experience in professional social media are encouraged to submit examples of their work (sample posts) and metrics on social media channels they managed.

Candidates should be specific about availability and identify days/times they can work remotely, as well as days/times they can work onsite.

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Theatre for Dialogue Independent Study focusing on Sexual Violence

April 14, 2014 · No Comments

Theatre for Dialogue Independent Study

1-3 credit hours, Fall 2014
Meets twice a week in Winship Drama Building Time and day to be determined
by student availability

Are you an actor, educator or theatre-maker? Are you interested in interactive theatre and social justice?
Then this independent study might be for you!

In this independent study project, undergraduate students will co-create an interactive theatre program for preadolescents to engage in dialogue around issues of sexual violence. Through readings, discussion and devising exercises, students will explore how to use facilitation and performance techniques
to engage in dialogue with young people.

Project Description:

Research has shown that silence helps perpetuate violence.
Theatre for Dialogue gives young people the opportunity to help young characters try out different ways of telling a trusted adult about their victimization.

“Who can I tell? How can I tell them?” are some of the questions this project will create a space for young audiences to explore.

More info:

Come join us as we explore gender justice through socially responsible theatre- making practices in this unique performance opportunity!

The Creative Team Lead for this project is Emily Aguilar Thomas. This project is part of her MFA Thesis in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities.

Interested students should contact Emily at to receive more information.

This independent study course is supervised by Katie Dawson and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce.

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Research Assistantship for Spanish Speaker

April 11, 2014 · No Comments

Looking for an interesting undergraduate research opportunity for Fall?  If you are a Spanish speaker, a junior with a good GPA (3.0 or more), you may qualify to assist with data collection and analysis for a project involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)!

Contact: Namrata Sanjeevi

PhD student in Nutritional Sciences

Research for Fall Semester


  • GPA: 3.0 and above
  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish fluently
  • Junior Year
  • Expectation from students: Assist with data collection and data analysis

Description of project

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world, with the United States (U.S.) reporting the highest rates of obesity among developed nation. Food insecurity is a public health problem that concurs with obesity. Low-income populations are disproportionately burdened by the dual problem of food insecurity and obesity. The Food Stamp Program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was launched to boost the agricultural economy, and reduce food insecurity in the U.S. In 2012, nearly $74.6 billion were distributed in the form of SNAP benefits to 46.6 million Americans. Allotment of SNAP benefits is based on the Thrifty Food Plan, and the average monthly benefit per person was $133.41 in 2012. Given the vast outreach of the SNAP, its effective use may serve as a centerpiece to help improve nutrition among low-income Americans. An understanding of the dietary behaviors of SNAP participants is required to guide the development of effective policy measures. In order to gain an accurate knowledge of dietary behaviors of SNAP participants, this study will investigate food and nutrient intake of this population over the entire month. Individuals participating in SNAP may face barriers that reduce a healthy eating lifestyle. It is hypothesized that individual, environmental, sectors of influence and social and cultural factors will influence food intake patterns in this population. This hypothesis is based on the social ecological model, which posits that health behavior is determined by an interwoven relationship between the individuals and their environment. No study, till date, has evaluated the effect of social-ecological factors on dietary behaviors of SNAP participants. The primary goal of this project is to enhance the understanding of the role of social-ecological factors on monthly food intake patterns, thereby emphasizing the need to address dietary behaviors of SNAP participants at both an individual and societal level.


If you would like to work as a research assistant for this project, you can contact Namrata Sanjeevi at 


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UT AmeriCorps VISTA Program Opportunities

April 10, 2014 · No Comments

The UT Austin Division of Diversity & Community Engagement (DDCE) AmeriCorps VISTA program is now accepting applications for both Summer Associates positions as well as full-year VISTA positions (starting in July).  The Summer Associates positions are ideal for current college students in need of a summer paid internship and will take place from June 2nd until August 8th and will be in the following organizations:

Austin Area Urban League – 4 positions
Austin Pre Freshman Engineering Program (AusPrEP) at Huston-Tillotson University – 5 positions
Camp Fire – 5 positions
UT Outreach Rio Grande Valley – 2 positions
UT Outreach Houston – 2 positions
UT Outreach Dallas – 2 positions
UT Outreach San Antonio – 1 position

All Summer Associate positions are listed on the Corporation for National & Community Service website ( in the opportunity listings under EITHER “UT Austin Summer Associates/Name of Organization” or “UT Austin (DDCE)/Name of Organization.

Applicants must FIRST complete an AmeriCorps profile (the AmeriCorps job application) by going through the following link on the website:;jsessionid=n0FMTxGpJfXFRfvlh37TMsQxn6jMYpxlZT09pQVsznPMZWhZgy29!-1738413846

If you have questions about the VISTA experience within the UT VISTA program, visit the UT VISTA website and blog at:

Questions? Contact Cheryl Sawyer at

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Summer Internships with Innovations for Peace and Development and Development Gateway: Deadline April 18th

April 7, 2014 · No Comments

Development Gateway, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization working on international aid management, and Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD), a research consortium at UT, are seeking part- and full-time summer interns to provide data analysis support on an interdisciplinary project to better track development assistance in partnership with USAID.

Under the direction of Drs. Michael Findley (UT Government Department) and Kate Weaver (LBJ School of Public Affairs), student interns will geo-reference and categorize project-level data provided by aid donor governments. This summer, the project will primarily be focused on geocoding information for Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Training in GIS systems and coding methodologies will be provided.

Interns will also have the opportunity to learn tools for analyzing foreign aid data in conjunction with a variety of development outcomes including food security, health, climate change, democratization, and conflict. They will also undertake structured research projects under these topics.

Qualified candidates must be current undergraduate or graduate students and should demonstrate interest in geospatial systems, international development, economics, political science or related fields. French and Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to apply as well.

Internships will begin on May 26th, with an orientation week. We ask for a minimum commitment of 8 weeks, with an official ending date of August 15th. These positions are not paid, but successful interns will have the possibility of a continued position with the Innovation for Peace and Development research team in the fall semester. Interns are expected to commit between 20 and 40 hours per week in the summer.

Interested candidates are invited to attend an information session on Friday, April 11th in Student Activities Center, SAC 4.112 (the IPD Lab), from 12:15-1:15 pm. Please contact Ms. Nisha Krishnan (, Dr. Kate Weaver ( or Dr. Michael Findley ( if you have any questions but are unable to attend the meeting.

Please submit the following Application Materials via email to Nisha Krishna ( by April 18 at 5:00 pm:
1. Cover letter with statement of interest, addressed to Ms. Nisha Krishnan, Innovations for Peace and Development
2. Resume with full contact information
3. Unofficial UT transcript

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Free Grants Workshops – Every Thursday

April 2, 2014 · No Comments

Every Thursday, the Regional Foundation Library holds a free workshop to help individuals obtain grant funding. Look for help with tuition, study abroad, research and artistic projects. This event is held at the Regional Foundation Library, located on the second floor of UT’s Community Engagement Center. Have questions? Email

Time: 3-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: Community Engagement Center (CEC) 2nd floor

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Summer Internships with the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

March 28, 2014 · No Comments

Deadline: Monday, April 14, 2014

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is currently considering applications for UT undergraduates to intern with us during the summer of 2014!  Interns will support various initiatives at the Rapoport Center.  This summer we are particularly interested in candidates with experience or serious interest in event planning, publication/graphic design, fundraising, grant writing, and/or film editing, and in candidates with specialized knowledge of human rights.

This internship is ideal for students who are interested in:

Working on human rights research and advocacy projects
Learning how an academic center functions
Engaging in human rights scholarship
Gaining practical experience
Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students

This is an unpaid internship.  Selected interns should be available at least 15-20 hours per week for 12 weeks between the conclusion of the spring semester and the start of the fall semester.

The Role of Human Rights Interns

Undergraduate interns play an important role at the Rapoport Center.  Interns will focus on different activities, depending on their background, interest, and the needs of the Center.  Primary duties include:

Assisting with human rights research and advocacy projects
Supporting the coordination and publicity of events and programs
Expanding the Center’s social media outreach
Providing administrative support for Center programs
Contributing written work for press releases, website, and Annual Review publications
Serving as liaison to the UT undergraduate community and helping develop the Center’s undergraduate outreach
Assisting Center Administrator, Co-Directors, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications

Commitment to working on issues of human rights and justice
Excellent writing skills
Strong organizational skills
Regular and punctual maintenance of office hours
Professional demeanor
Experience with internet research, standard office equipment, and Microsoft Office

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:

Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
Demonstrated expertise with publication, design, and website software (Adobe Creative Suite, etc.)
Event planning and/or fundraising experience
Demonstrated experience with video editing software (Final Cut, Avid, etc.)
Experience with scholarly research and editing
Journalism experience

How to Apply

Qualified students should submit the following materials in PDF format to Rapoport Center Administrator William Chandler at (subject: Undergraduate Internship):

  • Cover letter (state why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of our programs and activities)
  • CV/Resume (indicate any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency)
  • Transcript (including the courses you are currently taking)


  • List of three references (at least two must be UT faculty; include contact information)
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable)

Contact William Chandler at or 512-232-4857.

Thank you and good luck!

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Internships with Project Vote Smart

March 28, 2014 · No Comments

Project Vote Smart is a nonprofit, nonpartisan voter education and political research organization committed to exposing the truth about those who govern us.

Project Vote Smart is currently recruiting interns to work in their UT Austin office. A few positions are still open for Summer 2014, and they have begun accepting applications for the Fall 2014 program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information about the internship go here:

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Ted Strauss Civic Internship Award

March 28, 2014 · No Comments

University of Texas undergraduate students who will not be graduating before December 2014 are invited to apply for The Ted Strauss Civic Internship Award to supplement their paid or unpaid internship in the fields of public policy, public service, government, or politics for the summer.  Previous award winners have worked for CNN, the U.S. Department of Education, the United States Senate, Defenders of Wildlife, the Muscular Dystrophy Association among other organizations and governmental agencies.

Amount of the stipend:  $2,000

Applications Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

To apply, please email to

  • Contact information including name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Major field of study and current overall GPA
  • Resume
  • Letter of acceptance from the office or agency where the internship will take place
  • 250 word description of your reason for applying

Internship Requirements:

  • Internship must be in the area of public policy, public service, government, or politics.
  • Must be an undergraduate and not be graduating before December 2014.
  • Internship must be a minimum of 10 hours a week for 10 weeks.
  • Internship must not include more than 25% clerical work.
  • Course credit is preferred, but not required.

Expectations by the Institute: The recipients will be expected to write a summary of their experience by September 15, 2014 and to make a brief oral report at the Strauss Institute’s advisory council meeting following their internship experience if requested. Please contact Chuck Courtney, Assistant Director for Administration at 471-7208 with questions.

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