Bridging Disciplines Programs Opportunities

Research Assistant Position on Social Inequality

September 24, 2014 · No Comments

Work with an IC2 Institute research scientist using statistical analysis software such as STATA and SAS to measure income inequalities in different regions using the US Population Census.


The undergraduate student will work with large databases using statistical software packages such as STATA, SAS, etc.

Contact Information

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact:

Elsie Echeverri-Carroll

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SXSW Eco Offers Student Grants, Discounts, and Volunteer Opportunities

September 22, 2014 · No Comments

Get Involved with SXSW Eco this October!

SXSW Eco is happening October 6-8 at the Austin Convention Center. Be there for three days of programming covering topics including sustainability, climate change, responsible business, design, food system, energy and more!

SXSW Eco conference encompasses three days of speakers, sessions, workshops, networking opportunities with experts and industry leaders, films, receptions, awards ceremony, parties, mentor sessions, meet ups, startup central, and more.

Students can get involved in three ways.

  1. Submit an essay entry to our Student Grant Program.
  2. Volunteer for a shift at SXSW Eco and earn a free badge
  3. Take advantage of our discounted student registration rate (email and mention you’re a student)

We hope to see you there!

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Food is Free Project Seeking Fall Interns

September 18, 2014 · No Comments

The Food is Free Project (501c3 Nonprofit) grows community and food, while helping gain independence from a broken agricultural system. More and more people are recognizing the importance of local food and supporting our communities at home. Food is Free provides a platform for community interaction that opens doors to further collaboration and connection. Imagine driving down your street, where the majority of homes host a front yard community garden, neighbors come together for potlucks, establish tool-sharing and community composting programs while creating safer, more beautiful neighborhoods. Check out our promo video here:

We are currently in need of interns because of our massive growth over the past two years! Intern perks include attending all FIF events and workdays.


Community Engagement Intern: help promote our mission, specifically in the Austin area, by supporting our outreach efforts. This includes communicating with external and internal partners, event coordination, research, data entry, and other duties as assigned. Interns get to work in a variety of areas. Prospects should have strong communications skills.
Grants Management Intern: conduct comprehensive research to identify grant opportunities from foundations, corporations, and government institutions. Experience in fundraising, development and grant writing.
Media Intern: manager our online presence across website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media networking sites. Tasks may include writing, graphic design, editing and uploading content, and other web related requests.

We are looking to select new intern/street team members within the next two weeks. We are also willing to work with you if you are working on receiving internship credit through your university.

 To apply, send your resume and the following information to

Name, year in school, name of school, and answers to the following questions:

1. Why do you think food should be free?

2. How do you currently incorporate our mission into your lifestyle?

3. What ideas do you have to grow the Food is Free project in new cities?

4. Why do you want to intern with FIF, and what do you hope to get out of your experience?

5. What position are you interested in?

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3 Day Startup Workshop at UT campus on Oct 24-26

September 16, 2014 · No Comments

3 Day Startup is a non-profit that runs 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teach entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. They’ve ran over 130 programs on 5 continents at schools such as MIT, NYU, Harvard, and Technion Israel.

There’s an upcoming 3DS Austin program Oct. 24-26. More info can be found at

3DS teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. We recruit 45 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors, pick the best idea for startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the three days.


Passionate students with an entrepreneurial drive, including Computer Science (PhD, MS, undergraduate), MBAs, law students, graphic designers, PR, business undergraduates, etc. We are looking for strong candidates that can fill the following roles:

  • Software Engineer
  • Business (Finance, Marketing, Biz Dev)
  • Graphic Design (Web, Print)
  • Other: Wildcards, Raw Passion


3 Day Startup Austin, Fall 2014

When: Friday, October 24, 2014 – Sunday, October 26, 2014


Austin Technology Incubator
3925 West Braker Lane
Austin, Texas 78759


We know many people with great ideas, but they never pursue them for a variety of reasons: lack of time or money, no access to the right people, or not enough confidence to make the plunge. We provide all the resources for anyone to offer their idea and bring it to life with the help of 39 other highly skilled and motivated individuals.

We believe 3 Day Startup is a great way to get the community excited about entrepreneurship and to spend an intense weekend with creative people who want to actually bring an idea to life as opposed to sitting back and listening to YATAE (“yet another talk about entrepreneurship”). It’s also a social and business experiment to see how much a group of passionate people can accomplish over the course of 60 hours.

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Internships with Project Vote Smart

September 15, 2014 · No Comments

Project Vote Smart considers applications on a rolling basis- so, if you are interested in a spring 2015 internship you can Apply Now!

Project Vote Smart’s Legislative Research Internship Program at the University of Texas at Austin provides a unique lesson in the study of American and state politics. Interns will research bills and compile legislators’ voting records while gaining experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the legislative process. Project Vote Smart is an independent, nonpartisan source of accurate information about candidates, elected officials, and legislation. By expanding access to factual information, Project Vote Smart helps citizens defend themselves from the negative rhetoric and misrepresentation that is characteristic of present-day political campaigns.

Job Description

Interns will monitor local media in all 50 states, as well as the national media, in order to identify critical pieces of legislation that are important to residents in each state. Once bills have been selected for inclusion on the Project’s website, interns will compile legislators’ voting records for publication.  Interns will also read and summarize each bill in order to provide voters with a clear and concise synopsis of the legislation.  Other projects may be assigned, such as researching candidate biographies, compiling interest group ratings, or tracking the progress of ballot measures and initiatives.  All interns perform substantive and meaningful work and will never be asked to answer the phone or make coffee.  By the end of the semester, interns will have gained valuable experience conducting legislative research, as well as in-depth knowledge of important political issues and how such issues have been addressed by policymakers.  The internship is ideal for those considering law school, or who are interested in pursuing a career in a policy-related field.

The minimum time commitment is 10 hours per week.  Scheduling is flexible.  Although the internship is unpaid, students may choose to earn course credit for their experience.



  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong desire to learn more about politics, policy, and the legislative process
  • Enthusiasm for Project Vote Smart’s mission
  • Ability to remain nonpartisan
  • Ability to commit to at least 10 hours per week for the entire semester


  • Research experience
  • Prior knowledge of the legislative process

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Information

Project Vote Smart
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
2504 A Whitis Ave
Austin, TX 78712-1538

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Kiva Seeks Spring 2015 Fellows

September 11, 2014 · No Comments

Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, is seeking Spring 2015 Kiva Fellows. If you are curious about economic development, community engagement, and social enterprise, this could be a great opportunity (and a potential Connecting Experience). Read below for more info. Applications are due September 28th.

The Kiva Fellows Program is an exciting opportunity to become part of Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending organization. With opportunities spanning from Nairobi to New York City, Kiva is in the midst of expansion. Recently, Kiva launched a new program,Kiva Zip, that supports entrepreneurs in the United States. This initiative is on the cutting edge of microfinance impact in the United States, with the goal of expanding financial inclusion, supporting local job creation, and increasing the connectedness between borrowers and lenders through crowdfunded microloans.

Kiva Fellows are the direct connection to local communities, immersing themselves within communities, working with non-profits, government officials, community development corporations and financial institutions, chambers of commerce, and other community leaders to scale Kiva Zip. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to be at the forefront of helping to revitalize their communities and local economies, gain experience in a startup environment, build a local community, and capitalize on technology solutions for economic development.

The application deadline is September 28, 2014 (with deployment to the field in late January to early February, 2015). Apply at

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Research Assistant Position

September 9, 2014 · No Comments

Leading McCombs Finance Researcher Seeking Highly Qualified Undergraduate Research Assistant

About the research:

Looking for exceptional students to assist in academic research mostly related to the causes of the financial crisis and uncovering financial fraud.  An excellent opportunity to learn about research for those intellectually curious students possibly interested in later pursuing a PHD. Professor Griffin is nationally recognized and has won the research award for top McCombs researcher (See for background.) Past Research Assistants are a select group that have gone on to prestigious PHD programs and very top finance jobs.

*Sophomore or Junior
*High GPA
*Extremely bright, self-motivated, and diligent
*Highly qualified Honors student
*Some programming experience
*Quantitative background (but does not need to be a finance major)

*Must have at least 8-10 hours per week

How to Apply:
Please write a brief email as to how you meet the requirements and what you hope to gain from the experience and send along with your resume to: Mr. Shams: and Cc Professor Griffin:

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Spring Internships with White House Office of Presidential Correspondence

September 2, 2014 · No Comments

The White House Office of Presidential Correspondence (OPC) Associate Program is open every spring, summer, and fall, and we are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester.  Associates work alongside our staff and interns, gaining valuable professional experience while learning about the White House and the Federal Government. Our associates serve in our office for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold U.S. citizenship, and they must be currently enrolled in or recently finished with a degree seeking program. The Spring 2015 program lasts from January 13 – May 1.  The final deadline to apply is September 19, 2014. This is an unpaid position.

If interested in applying, please email a resume and a statement of interest to

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Fall Internship Opportunities with Forklift Danceworks

September 2, 2014 · No Comments

Forklift Danceworks is a nonprofit dance company based in Austin, Texas.  Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Forklift actively engages wide and diverse communities in the creation of unique dance projects featuring all kinds of people.  Orr’s creative process is inspired by movement that stems from everyday life and the people that serve and support our community.  Orr and her team’s performances have incorporated a wide range of people, from trash collectors in Austin’s Sanitation Department, to the linemen of Austin Energy, to the college ball players of the Huston-Tillotson baseball team.  With a process centered around relationship building and community engagement, Forklift Danceworks strives to bring modern dance to the masses and empower all people to explore their own creativity.

Forklift’s ongoing community-based educational programs serve people who may not have access to dance in any other way.  Body Shift, in collaboration with VSA Texas is currently the nation’s only ongoing program in mixed-ability dance.  Leaps & Bounds provides free creative movement classes to children from low-income backgrounds plus professional development in the classroom.

For more information, check out their website – Home | Forklift Danceworks

They currently have 3 internship positions open.  To apply, send your resume and a cover letter for the position to which you would like to apply to

Creative Movement Admin Assistant 8-10 hours/week 

- provide administrative support for Leaps and Bounds creative movement classes;

assist with scheduling, documentation, reporting and other tasks as needed

Assistant to Artistic Director 12-15 hours a week, full year preferred.

- work directly with Allison Orr on various projects, update website, check PO box, filing,

 and administrative duties as needed.

Production Rehearsal and Admin Assistant 10-20 hours a week 

-   during production assist with rehearsals and administrative duties in preparation for

rehearsals, tech week and production. More hours possible during final weeks of

rehearsal, tech week and post-production.


-  organized

-  proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

-  familiar with Mac technology

-  time-management

-  excellent communication skills

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Funding for Undergraduate Research Fellowships is available

August 28, 2014 · No Comments

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) program, sponsored by the Office of the VP for Research, provides support for specific scholarly research projects conducted by full-time UT undergraduate students enrolled in any department. These fellowships (up to $1,000) are intended to cover costs associated with independent research projects proposed and written by student applicants and undertaken with the supervision of a university tenured or tenure-track faculty member, lecturer, senior lecturer or full-time research scientist/engineer. Supervisor must be able to serve as Principal Investigator if IACUC, IBC or IRB approvals are needed.  Other restrictions apply.

Application Deadline: September 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Information session:  Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. in FAC 328.

Information and applications for all programs are available at the Vice President for Research website: Early application is recommended. We are unable to accept late submissions due to tight review schedules.

*Please direct questions to or 512-471-2877.*

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