Refugee Services Fall Intern Position

July 22, 2015 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

Social Adjustment Services Intern

Agency Description: Refugee Services of Texas, Inc. (RST) was founded in 1978 and is a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to resettling and providing social services to refugees and other displaced persons. RST resettles refugees, asylees, parolees, and victims of human trafficking from thirty different countries of origin with the majority of clientele currently originating from Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, and Somalia. Refugees are defined as individuals who flee their native countries due to persecution based upon race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership of a particular social group. RST’s mission is to provide quality services guided by principles of human compassion and dignity.

Summary: Refugee Services of Texas, Inc. in Austin is seeking an organized and culturally sensitive intern to join its dynamic team either part-time or full-time in its Austin office. Social Adjustment Services (SAS) works with refugees and asylees who have been in the U.S. for an extended amount of time in helping them find and obtain benefits. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working with foreign populations or navigating the benefits system in the US. This position supports and works closely with the SAS Supervisor and other SAS Case Workers.

Responsibilities include:

  • General Administrative Duties
  • Planning and organizing events and workshops
  • Case management and supporting Case Managers with high needs cases



  • Enjoy working as a team member as well as independently
  • Openness to take on projects as they arise
  • Willingness to speaking to large groups of clients
  • Must be able to dedicate at least 15 hours a week to the position
  • Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, or Tigrinya is a plus. Although, language skill is not a requirement

As an intern with Refugee Services of Texas, you will gain incredible experience working with some of the most vulnerable and high-risk population groups in Austin. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse staff within a growing organization.

This is an unpaid internship. For consideration please submit a resume and cover letter stating the internship you are applying for to

Have you ever thought you’d be good at helping other students with writing projects? If the answer is “yes”, apply to become a Course Specialist Consultant at the University Writing Center.

Course Specialist Consultants will be trained by the University Writing Center and assigned to a particular undergraduate class in their discipline. They will attend the class with enrolled students, develop an insider’s understanding of the course and the professor’s expectations, and conduct 45-minute consultations about writing in the University Writing Center. Students from the assigned class will have priority registration for consultations with their class’s consultant until the end of the term.

Course Specialist Consultants will earn $12/hour. They will be paid for 10 hours per week plus 35 hours of mandatory training (scheduled for 8/17/15-8/21/15).

1) a letter of interest that explains why you wish to work as a Course Specialist Consultant

2) a writing sample (3-5 pages) that you wrote for an academic course (preferably a course in your major area or a closely related discipline)

3) a brief reference (a few sentences will do) from a professor who is familiar with your writing ability

Please send all application materials to Alice Batt at by July 10.

Communications and Outreach Student Associate

Hirealonghorn posting: #55073

Dates: 7/1/2015 – 5/31/2016

Rate: $10 – $14/hour

Hours/week: ~ 20 hours

The Office of Sustainability seeks an undergraduate or graduate student associate to manage their communications and outreach efforts for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students with an interest in sustainability, experience managing professional social media efforts, and developing communications plans are preferred.  Successful applicants will be professional, pay high attention to detail, and collaborate reliably in a team-based setting.


•             Manage the Office of Sustainability’s social media efforts: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube Channel

•             Write content for and manage the Office of Sustainability’s newsletter

•             Collaborate closely with staff to develop and carry out a communications plan for the fall, spring, and summer semesters

•             Promote special events such as the Sustainability Symposium, America Recycles Day, Earth Week, and Campus Sustainability Day, among others

•             Maintain the Office of Sustainability’s media outlet list

•             Other media and communications duties as required

Apply through Hire-A-Longhorn (posting # 55073) or send Alice Gerhart <> your cover letter, resume, short writing sample and list of 3 references.

This fall semester we are pleased to announce that the Government Department will be offering a research practicum under the direction of Dr. Michael Findley (Department of Government) and Henry Pascoe (Department of Government).

This course is the first semester of a two-semester program (with upper-division course credit) to introduce undergraduate students to the research process in the social sciences. In this program, students will get hands on experience by contributing to research projects

similar to the lab setting of the natural sciences. In the first semester, taken in fall semester, students will develop and present their own research proposal. In the second semester

(spring), students will complete and present their results.

Throughout both courses, we will discuss issues encountered when conducting applied social

We expect that students will engage in research about foreign aid, political violence, peace processes, and international development. Other topics of interest to students are also possible. Training in research methodologies and statistical analysis will be provided.

Past iterations of the research practicum have proven very successful for students. Last year, four students in the course were accepted to present their research at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in Chicago, IL. Two students won best project awards at this year’s undergraduate research fairs. Students have gone on to terrific internships in Washington D.C., Uganda, Senegal, Timor Leste, Mexico, and numerous other countries. And in years past, some students have gone on to publish their research in high profile academic and policy outlets.

Please contact Dr. Michael Findley ( or Henry Pascoe ( as soon as possible if you have any questions or if you would like to participate in the course. Only a limited number of seats are available in the course.

The University of Texas at Austin “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence Deadline June 30, 2015
Austin, Texas – The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin is still accepting submissions for its inaugural round of an annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security.  The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500.  This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2014-15 academic year.  The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2015.

The Intelligence Studies Project was established at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 as a joint venture of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft in collaboration with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Project’s mission is to improve understanding of intelligence activities and institutions through research, courses and public events bringing intelligence practitioners together with scholars, students and the public.

The award recognizes more than six decades of distinguished public service by Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.).  Admiral Inman has served in multiple leadership positions in the U.S. military, intelligence community, private industry and the University of Texas.  His previous intelligence posts include Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice-Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.  He continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to students, faculty members and current government officials while occupying the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School.

Additional information on the Inman Award competition and the Intelligence Studies Project is available at

Need a job but don’t know where to start? 

If you are graduating this semester or in the near future, sign up for our job search crash course: Job Search Boot Camp. Our boot camp offers a quick and easy way to get all the information you need in one afternoon. Arrive with a pen and paper, leave with a career plan.

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: CLA 1.302E

How To Register: Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, register through your BTT Gateway account.

Job Search Boot Camp is a 2-hour intensive job search training program designed to help you:

  • Identify and understand the unique skills you bring to the job market
  • Present your academic and professional interests and strengths to recruiters
  • Design a cohesive online brand consistent with your goals
  • Craft compelling resumes and cover letters
  • Improve your interviewing and networking skills
  • Explore various career research and job posting sites

Are you interested in volunteering at this summer’s LAH orientations? If the answer is yes, sign up to attend a LAH Summer Orientation Peer Adviser meeting on May 12th from 3-5pm. Food will be provided!
Volunteering entails helping advise incoming LAH freshman with their fall schedules on one day, and then helping them register the next day. You don’t have to be available for both days or even the entire summer.
We are flexible!  You can just sign up for the days and times that work in your schedule.

We would like to have at least 4-5 peer advisers throughout the entire day of pre-advising.

Sign up to attend the Info Meeting here. 

Dear all,

Next Tuesday, May 5th, White Rose Society is hosting Holocaust Survivor Ruth Deitch to come and speak about her narrative.

As you all know, the narratives of Holocaust Survivors are scarce. As time passes, we move farther and farther away from our past. But genocide still happens today. In a different place, with different people.

Ruth Deitch will shed light on her own experience, and the impact that had on her and her family. Please come out and join us on May 5th, 7 pm at Hillel (behind Thai How Are You -2105 San Antonio St, Austin, Texas 78705).

RSVP to the Facebook Event here

Hope to see you there!

White Rose President,

Ena Ganguly


TCRP seeks an individual with initiative, creativity, and commitment to grassroots community building to support legal work for immigrant victims of domestic violence.  Start date in mid-May. This position is part time (20-30 hours a week).

Primary Duties: assist in administrative capacity in helping file applications under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); maintain client communication; recruit and manage volunteers; assist in maintaining client database and templates; assist in compiling and analyzing grant reports; compile and maintain resource library; manage basic IT support; maintain and organize closed files; order and maintain office supplies.

Qualifications: must be fluent in Spanish and English (written and spoken); typing and computer skills required; ability to plan and meet annual targets required; ability to work in fast-paced environment; strong organization skills.

Salary: Hourly rate of $12 – $17. Generally informal work setting with colleagues dedicated to social justice. TCRP is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, two professional references and a writing sample to Jennifer Aronson, Texas Civil Rights Project, 1405 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX 78741.  Or via fax at 512-474-0726 or email at jaronson.tcrp@  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applicants will be considered on an incoming basis.

CMHC De-Stress Walk

April 29, 2015 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

CMHC is sponsoring a De-Stress Walk for students on Sat, May 9, 10:15-11am.  Alicia Enciso Litschi, our very own CARE counselor, will be giving the opening speech. Please see the attached flyer for more details.CMHC_Destress Walk_2015