Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars Program

The Senate Hispanic Research Council is dedicated to strengthening the next generation of young leaders with this enriching Scholars
and Fellows program. Participants in the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program will gain invaluable experience
and exposure to the Texas Senate as full-time legislative assistants during the 85th Legislative Session. Each participant is assigned to
the office of a State Senator or the Lieutenant Governor to perform a variety of legislative tasks. Complementing the work experience,
they will meet with local and state leaders for weekly sessions to discuss leadership development and public policies that shape the state.
Scholars and Fellows will receive a monthly stipend to compensate for worked performed and to assist with living expenses.



• Draft legislative research summaries, bill analyses, floor statements, articles and press releases.
• Prepare member floor packets.
• Track bills.
• Attend legislative meetings.
• Conduct meetings with lobbyists and advocacy groups.
• Perform policy research.
• Monitor committee hearings.
• Manage constituent relations.
• Handle inter-office communications.

• Scholar: An undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited educational institution with at least 60 semester hours completed.
• Recent graduates are eligible to apply.
• All applicants must:
– Be at least 21 years old by January 10, 2017.
– Possess high academic achievement.
– Demonstrate an interest in government and public policy through active participation in community service activities.
– Possess exceptional writing, comprehension and analytical skills.
– Display leadership qualities and potential for further growth.
– Be prepared to provide legal proof of eligibility for employment.
– Demonstrate cooperative abilities in a past project or accomplishment.


All participants must:

• Understand that all program participants are considered full-time staff within their assigned offices.
• Though responsibilities may vary from office to office, all program participants should expect to work beyond a typical
40-hour workweek.
• Attend orientation and weekly meetings held at 7:00 a.m.
• Attend scheduled weekend events and workshops.
• Participate and prioritize all SHRC sponsored activities.
• Collectively develop and implement a group community service project.

Sarah Saenz, Executive Director
Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars & Fellows Program
(512) 499-8606
Mail: Senate Hispanic Research Council
815A Brazos, #147
Austin, Texas 78701

Completed applications must be postmarked by November 11, 2017 at 5pm CST.
Late applications will not be considered.

SHRC 2017 Scholars Scholars Application

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GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin Internship Opportunity

GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin Communications Intern (Part­Time)

GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin (GAVA) is a coalition of residents, community leaders, nonprofits and other institutions that collaborate to improve the health of the Dove Springs (78744) and 78745 communities. Through community organizing strategies, GAVA staff work to develop resident ­led teams and initiatives that increase access to and participation in physical activity and improved nutrition. GAVA supporters have agreed to align their resources and expertise for greater positive impact, especially as it relates to the health of children.

Communications Intern Description
This position provides an intern with the opportunity to participate in efforts to expand a resident­ led coalition’s capacity by engaging and growing our audience of funders, community stakeholders, and residents. The intern will be able to apply knowledge learned in coursework related to media and marketing strategies for a wide variety of audiences, and build a bilingual portfolio of work for future employers. Though GAVA currently works with eight organizational partners and over 1,100 community residents, we are looking to reach more stakeholders among the 100,000+ residents in the two zip codes. We are also looking to improve our fundraising efforts through improved communications strategies, which will give the intern an opportunity to participate in our vital fundraising campaign. Our regular communications effort would include: a monthly bilingual newsletter and calendar, a Facebook page, GAVA website updates, press releases for our public agenda, publications that may assist in fundraising efforts, and internal documents for our ongoing organizing/leadership development portfolio. This intern will work closely with GAVA’s Community Directors, our Partnerships and Development Associate, potentially our Community Organizers.

The ideal candidate will be bilingual in Spanish and English, and have a deep understanding of the communities in which the work will be done, and an ability to relate to and connect with individuals and groups within the two zip codes. Candidate will demonstrate computer proficiency, ability to work independently, and excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish. Candidate must also demonstrate knowledge of different media and engagement strategies to connect with a variety of audiences. Ability to work with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. Applicants must be able to inspire resident stakeholders through narratives of our organization’s work.


●  Identify and create connections to / platforms on media outlets that would further the GAVA mission to reach target audiences

●  Develop marketing plan for GAVA events on social media and published media sites with

guidance from Community Directors

●  Manage GAVA’s Facebook page and Squarespace web page, creating bilingual posts

●  Manage publication and distribution of monthly bilingual newsletter

●  Create bilingual press releases related to key wins and activities

●  Work with the Partnerships and Development Associate to create communications strategy

to attract funding opportunities and develop relationships with major funders

●  Participate in supervisory and team meetings as available.

Learning Opportunities:

●  Participate in an effort to grow our reach to community stakeholders

●  Utilize classroom knowledge to create a sustainable marketing campaign to engage a

variety of audiences (community residents, local nonprofits, government entities, and


●  Participate in fundraising campaign through targeted marketing and media efforts

●  Build bilingual portfolio of work for future employment opportunities


●  Must be bilingual in English and Spanish

●  Strong, professional written and verbal communication skills, including business, creative

writing and simple writing for audiences with limited formal education.

●  Have knowledge of social media and marketing strategies

●  Provide own transportation and cell phone; local travel required

Qualities of a successful candidate:

●  Proactive, detail­oriented, and collaborative

●  Responsible, creative, organized, and enthusiastic

●  Working on a degree in communications and or another relevant field

●  Digital marketing strategy and online marketing experience is a plus

Position Details

●  Part­-time, unpaid internship with flexible schedule (min 5 hrs/week; max 20 hrs/week)

●  GAVA will help students submit requirements for academic credit as needed

Application Instructions

●  Submit a brief statement of interest, resume, and three references

●  Provide a brief writing sample in Spanish and English (no more than one page)

●  All submissions will be received at:

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Anti-Defamation League Internships

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now one of the nation’s premier civil rights agencies, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. Interns will receive a broad overview of the work that the ADL does, including civil rights, education, and community initiatives.

In Education, interns will help set up our 2016-17 No Place for Hate® initiative which provides educators and students the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. Interns may also participate in banner ceremonies where we honor each school district for their achievement. Interns will also help us prepare for our annual No Place for Hate Youth Summit, which empowers over 700 middle school students and faculty to build campuses of respect.

Under our Development wing, interns will assist with donor cultivation and stewardship as well as correspondence. Interns will also aide in event planning and fundraising.

In Civil Rights, interns will sit in on civil rights calls and other internal meetings as well as assist in planning legislative day and legislator visits.   

Other duties include writing articles for our blog and other local publications, helping us prepare and attending our board meetings. The schedule is flexible, but we would like for interns to work 2-3 days a week for a total of 10-12 hours. Candidates must be passionate about social justice and be engaging with our large network of community leaders.

 If interested, contact: 

Renee Lafair | Regional Director| Anti-Defamation League | Email: 

Phone: 512-249-7960 | Fax: 512-249-1661

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Urban Mining Company Internships

Urban Mining Company (UMC) manufactures rare earth, permanent magnets. The specific magnet we make is referred to by its main elements: NdFeB.  These magnets are used in a variety of applications including hard disk drives, wind turbines, electric motors, and MRI machines. We make them by recycling old magnets of the same kind. Roughly 85-90% of the world’s supply of these magnets comes from China, and none are currently being manufactured in the USA.  We want to bring back that industry.

We are looking for someone to help us establish and manage our online presence by creating and disseminating content. We currently have a website, and we aren’t at this stage looking for assistance with that.  Initially, what we need is somebody who can set up, manage, and update/run profiles on the variety of social media outlets. Eventually, we may expand into other online fora.  We have most of the content already drafted in other formats: scientific papers, white papers, etc. We need someone who can take pieces of these, and turn them into shorter individual posts and articles on the various services we would join. Aside from just posting them, we need someone proficient enough with social media to try and send these items, or updates to certain targeted companies and individuals. We also need someone who can write well, and ideally someone who possesses a basic understanding of, or interest in science and engineering (but by no means is any kind of subject matter expertise required here). If the person shows skill, this role could expand to include additional responsibilities.

If interested, contact Michele Leonelli at

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LLILAS Fall Research Opportunities

LLILAS is recruiting UT undergraduate students to work with UT faculty during the fall 2016 semester. Our Latin Americanist faculty produce cutting-edge research on a broad range of topics and disciplines and help to maintain the academic leadership of the institute. This research internship is an excellent opportunity for students considering graduate school. Duties may include literature research and review; data manipulation, analysis, and interpretation; organization of research materials (data, texts, articles); other related duties assigned by faculty. Students will be selected based on previous research experience or demonstrated interest in Latin American academic issues. Successful candidates will be paired with faculty according to their specific areas of interest. Previous research experience is a plus, as is intermediate to advanced proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

 We have 3 specific request from LLILAS Faculty.  Please let me know if you would be interested in working in any of them.

 The Mesoamerica Center.

Publication illustrations for book on the Maya.

·          a brief description of the goals of the research project (3-5 lines)

The Mesoamerica Center is looking for a student to help finish the manuscript stage of a new book under contract on the ancient Maya. The research intern will assist with compiling the illustrations that accompany the text. At the end of the project the completed manuscript will be submitted for publication.

·          a description of the tasks that you would assign to the students (bullet list is ok)

Research, digitize, and assemble the illustrations for a manuscript on the ancient Maya. The text is mostly complete, and images are in production. The research intern will match captions to images; digitize to production standards and scale; research and locate illustrations for missing images; and assist with obtaining permissions for reproduction of copyrighted material.

·          a brief summary of preferred qualifications (e.g., research experience, language or computer skills)

The project is suited for a student with and interest in Latin American history and archaeology; attention to detail and good organization skills; initiative and ability to work independently once the process is underway; scanning and Photoshop experience preferred but not required. The project will take place at the Mesoamerica Center in the Department of Art and Art History, with occasional visits to the Benson Library.

School of Music

I have a manuscript that needs to go to press by December 2016 consisting primarily of translated, annotated essays by Fernando Ortiz. The press has just sent me some documents describing the ways that the MS must be prepared for submission. This includes saving the images in a certain format, saving text documents in a current format, making certain that all citations are in the same style throughout, etc. Additionally, a few of the images to be included need work done on them in Photoshop in order to crop them, add in shading to the background, that sort of thing. I’d love a student’s help with those tasks so I can focus on completing the final translation. Certain aspects of the project are clerical but others are more creative, and the student would also gain insights into the requirements of academic publishing. 

 Specifically, the student’s duties would include:

—Reading all instructions on document submission

—Helping reformat all chapters as appropriate, following those guidelines

—Helping crop and touch up images using Photoshop

—Generating a captions document containing captions for all artwork

—Ensuring that indications are placed throughout the document to indicate where images are to be placed

—Final spell-checking, searches for typos or other errors that need addressing 

Dept of History

·          Goals of the research project — My research project investigates the history of Southeast Asian refugee migrations to South America, specifically in Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil during the late 1970s and early 1980s. This is a transnational project which examines the migration and resettlement of refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos after the Vietnam War. This project pulls together untapped historical evidence from archival collections in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as well as archives in the United States and Argentina to trace the international humanitarian projects on behalf of refugees. My research is driven by the following questions: why did South American countries accept Southeast Asian refugees during the 1970s? What were the immigration policies of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil with respect to refugees? The deliverables for this project is a journal article and two chapters for my current book project.

·          Tasks for the students — I am in search of a student interested in researching the history of immigration policies in Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil in the 20th century, and the connections of these policies with the United States. Some of the tasks will include: creating bibliographies; identifying journals and articles on immigration policies and building an annotated bibliography; searching newspapers for articles about refugees; and transcribing interviews from Spanish into English. I will meet with the student on a weekly basis to guide the student throughout the research process.

·           Preferred qualifications — The intern needs to have a strong command of spoken and written Spanish.

If interested, contact Paloma Díaz-Lobos, M.A. , Scholarly Programs Director & Faculty Liaison, at 

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

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SpareFoot PAID Internship Opportunity

Content Marketing and PR Internship

Are you a skilled communicator looking to break into the world of content marketing and PR? Do you have a knack for writing targeted pitches via email and social media that break through the noise? Are you media savvy? Do you want to work with an experienced and a fast-moving team of people who are excited to welcome a valuable new member? Oh, and do you want to do all of that at one of Austin’s hottest tech companies with perks like gourmet lunches prepared by our onsite chef, a dog-friendly office, plenty of snacks, and a laid back atmosphere? If so, we have the perfect role for you.

SpareFoot is looking for a Content Marketing and PR Intern to join our marketing team. Your primary responsibility will be to pitch and promote our editorial (blog and landing page) content to reporters, producers, and bloggers in order to build links and brand exposure for SpareFoot and our partner sites.

We’re looking for someone who’s driven by results, thinks strategically, and can come up with creative, flexible solutions when current tactics aren’t working. You must be a skilled writer and communicator. You’re probably a Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Communications or English major.

About Us

What you will do everyday:

  • Identify audiences and individuals at digital media outlets that will share our content
  • Write killer pitches over email and social media to get our content shared and promoted
  • Maintain lists of relevant online media for future outreach
  • Work with our editorial team on spacing out relevant content based on workload and timeliness
  • Send regular progress reports and track goals
  • Figure out what’s working, what isn’t, and iterate

About you:

  • You’re hungry –– you love doing media outreach and securing coverage
  • Ability to work between 20 – 28 hours a week
  • Results-driven, a strategic thinker, and able to quickly pivot when current tactics aren’t working.
  • You’re organized
  • You’re a skilled writer and communicator.

Bonus Points:

  • You’re a Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Communications or English major.
  • Experience with Content Marketing or SEO isn’t required, but would be a plus.

Demo Question (in a form when applying)

SpareFoot recently released this study:

You need to:

  1. Identify 10 websites that you think SpareFoot would get the most value out of a share/link from, and who you think would be willing to share this infographic.
  2. Choose one of those ten sites, and explain why you think a link from them would be valuable, and why they might be likely to share it with their audience.
  3. Get their email address and tell us how you found it.
  4. Craft a customized email pitch convincing them to share the infographic on their site, complete with a subject line.

Apply for this Position

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CareBOX Internship Opportunities

CareBOX Program is a start-up nonprofit in Austin, TX providing free care supplies to cancer patients to help prevent malnutrition, infections, and injuries from falls.

As an Operations Intern, you will work directly with the ED, Program Director & Supply Chain Manager of Affect Change, Inc. to aid in the development & success of the CareBOX Program. You will have the opportunity to try your hand in advertising, marketing, brand development, supply chain and distribution. 


As an Operations intern you will be responsible for championing various projects. As a start-up non-profit, we appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit & excellent candidates must be self-starters. Interns with the CareBOX Program will have their own specific projects, and will work together, with volunteers & staff alike, to help keep the organization moving in the right direction. A wide variety of projects are available, including but not limited to; community research projects, receiving inventory, packing patient supplies, event planning, and working booths at various events. 


Applicants must be either currently working towards a degree or have recently completed a Bachelor’s degree. We are looking for interns who are passionate, dedicated, hardworking, creative and entrepreneurial minded. Being a detail-oriented, self-starter is a must. CareBOX Program is a fast paced environment with a multitude of opportunities to learn and master a wide range of transferable skills. A candidate who is able to commit 15-20hrs per week is preferred. 

Improving cancer care together,

Lisa Keefauver

Communications and Program Director

Office: (512) 296-2180

Cell: (734) 272-7743



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Komen Austin Internship

Education and Community Outreach Intern                                                                                                                       

Reports to: Vice President of Mission Services & Community Outreach

Position Status:  Intern (unpaid); Course Credit offered

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week (15 hrs. minimum anytime M-F between 9am-5pm)

Position Overview & Basic Function:

The Mission Services position is designed to provide professional development opportunities to students entering the work force in public health. The ideal candidate has an understanding of the Komen Austin Affiliate’s vision/promise, has a strong understanding of basic public health principles and how to implement them in the non-profit sector, is passionate about helping the underserved communities, and is an independent thinker and reliable professional whom is dedicated to this position. Strongly preferred: someone currently pursuing or who has obtained a degree in Health Education, Public Health, Community Health, Sociology, Anthropology or a closely related field.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Work with Office Coordinator to order educational material; manage supplies and materials
  • Work with VP of Mission to refine and implement outreach/education plan
  • Write newsletter article communications with Hispanic and African American women’s groups
  • Assist with the identification of events for both groups
  • Assist VP of Mission Services with miscellaneous projects as needed
  • Work with staff, and interns to assure communication is relayed on all events and assist and seek assistance as needed

Community Profile-

  • Data analysis and interpretation; seek out trends
  • Draft written reports
  • Update Community Profile PowerPoint as needed


  • Attend site visits
  • Attend Round Table meetings
  • Fulfill request and supply grantees with education materials and supplies
  • Fulfill miscellaneous requests of grantees
  • Assist with GeMS data management
  • Provide preliminary data reports

Required Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proficient in using MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Word, and MS Outlook
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Efficient time management and responsible project planning skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet office deadlines
  • Some college coursework or comparable professional experience
  • Bi-lingual or multi-lingual is a plus


  • Commitment to completion of an engagement in project assignments
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Hours may vary from the standard 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. based on upcoming events. Evening and weekends may be required.


  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Program knowledge
  • Grants Management
  • “Hands-On” ownership of projects, building experience in project management
  • Collaboration and networking with multiple departments and customers both internal and external

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to  Include the intern job title and your first and last name in the subject line of the email.

About Susan G. Komen® Austin 

Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests up to 75 percent into local community health care grants and educational initiatives; the remaining 25 percent is invested into global research studies to find the cures for breast cancer.


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Travis County Model Court for Children and Families Internship

Student Internship – Travis County Model Court for Children and Families

The Travis County Model Court for Children and Families is a multidisciplinary community initiative started in September, 2008, to help facilitate systemic improvement of the court and child welfare systems.  The work of this Model Court is focused on promoting successful outcomes for approximately 1,450 children and their families in Travis County who are involved in civil lawsuits filed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (the state child welfare agency) as a result of findings of child abuse and neglect.  This Model Court is part of a national network of similar model courts.  It is supported by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, which provides organizational support and technical assistance.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Understanding of the Court’s role in addressing and handling Civil Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.
  2. Collection and Analysis of Court Data with an eye toward system improvement.
  3. Assist the Judge and Judicial Staff Attorney with specific projects related to child welfare and teen pregnancy.
  4. Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects.
  5. Opportunities to attend and participate in collaborative community initiatives working to improve the court and child welfare systems.
  6. We value all of our interns and will go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your academic goals.  We will provide training, supervision, and guidance. You will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with leaders in the child welfare field in Travis County.

What We Require:

  1. Strong communication skills.
  2. Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  3. Creative and Flexible.
  4. Must have your own laptop computer and be able to work a mix of remote hours and hours at the Travis County Courthouse located at 1000 Guadalupe Street.
  5. Prefer individuals who have experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  6. Prefer individual with interest in child welfare and generally socially conscious individual.


  1. Starting and Ending dates of this internship are flexible.
  2. You are expected to work 160 hours over the course of a semester. We understand you are a student first and will work around your course schedule.
  3. The internship is unpaid.

If interested, send your resume to Katy Gallagher Parker at

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Knight Center Paid Internship

We wanted to share an opportunity for a paid internship at the Knight Center.

Are you savvy in social media and passionate about journalism, freedom of expression and Latin America? Do you need to make some extra cash?

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is looking for a UT student (undergraduate or graduate) to help grow our presence on social networks.The Center runs a distance learning program for training journalists around the world, produces a blog on journalism and freedom of expression in Latin America and the Caribbean and hosts the International Symposium for Online Journalism, among other activities.

The social media hire will work with Knight Center’s team to help to expand the Center’s presence on Twitter and Facebook, market our courses and promote blog posts. Fluency in Spanish and strong writing skills in English are required. This is a paid internship and may be considered for academic credit. If interested, email a cover letter and resumé to

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