UT Microfarm Seeks Interns

UT Microfarm seeking interns and consistent volunteers

UT’s first student-run farm, is seeking interns and consistent volunteers to attend our weekly workdays! Located near the Facilities Complex at the corner of Manor and Leona, the Microfarm uses organic, sustainable methods to grow produce for UT dining halls, HOPE Farmer’s Market, and the local community. The following positions are available:

  • Pest Control and Fertilizing Interns
  • Compost Management Interns
  • Resource Recovery Interns
  • Blog/Social Media Interns
  • Farm Stand Interns
  • Education/Outreach Interns
  • Beautification Interns

All volunteer positions have the potential to earn a paid position for summer 2016 and/or the 2016-2017 school year. If interested, please apply here by September 18th. Interested volunteers should then attend a weekly workday (Wednesdays 5-8pm and Sundays 9-12pm) to meet the staff and undergo any necessary training. No experience is required!

UT Microfarm, 2204 Leona Street

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Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Information session: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in FAC 328

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.

Information and application form are available at the Vice President for Research website:

http://www.utexas.edu/research/resources/awards-fellowships-grants. Early application is recommended. We are unable to accept late submissions due to tight review schedules. Please direct questions to liza@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-2877.

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Fall Internships with Austin Bat Cave

Austin Bat Cave is looking for a few good interns. Interested, curious, want more information? Contact info@austinbatcave.org

Programs Intern Job Description

Austin Bat Cave (ABC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides children and teenagers (ages 6-18) with opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. We connect a diverse population of young writers and learners with a vibrant community of adult volunteers in Austin. All of our programs are free.

ABC seeks a Programs Intern for the 2015 Fall Semester.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Work directly with the Executive Director and Program Director to facilitate ABC’s programs
  • Attend ABC workshops as your class schedule allows
  • Observe operation of programs
  • Solicit and collect in-kind donations from local businesses
  • Manage the existing log of in-kind donations
  • Manage materials collected for the anthology (includes transcribing and importing documents)
  • Represent ABC when the Program Director cannot be present at workshops
  • Work with volunteers as needed to facilitate programs
  • Reach out to parents/guardians when necessary
  • Collect and log evaluative information as needed
  • Attend all ABC events, including monthly evening Story Department fundraisers and publicity events
  • Write program updates for the ABC blog and newsletter; occasionally conducting interviews

Requirements:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Google programs (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive)
  • Knowledge of and passion for ABC’s mission and programs
  • Must have a reasonably flexible schedule and be able to take on tasks as they come up
  • Does not need personal transportation, but it definitely helps!
  • Must be able to commit 15 hours per week (Must include some present working hours at workshops and some remote hours that fit your schedule)
  • Pass a background check
  • Enjoy working with kids of all ages and backgrounds

Pending university approval, a student can earn academic credit for their work with ABC

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing samples (prompts below) to info@austinbatcave.org by Friday August 28, 2015.

  1. In order to assess your professional writing skills, please include  an example of an email you would send to a business to ask for in-kind donations for ABC. These types of donations could include water and snacks for summer programs or paper and pens for when we visit schools.
  1. Tell us why you are interested in working with ABC.

Special Events Internship Description

Description: Under the direction of the President of the Board and Executive Director, the intern will assist in the execution of fundraising events,

General responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Work directly with the Executive Director, Program Director, and Board of Directors
  • Solicit and collect in-kind donations from local businesses
  • Manage the existing log of in-kind donations
  • Work with volunteers as needed
  • Attend and work all ABC events, including monthly evening Story Department fundraisers and publicity events
  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of events
  • Assisting in communications around the event
  • Assisting with onsite event management (event steward) and set-up
  • Assisting with finding and contacting sponsors

Intern will gain and/or improve upon his or her:

  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of inner workings of non-profit organization
  • Logistical support
  • Experience in gaining sponsor support and community outreach
  • Event execution
  • Understanding of special events and fundraising

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Google programs (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive)
  • Knowledge of and passion for ABC’s mission and programs
  • Must have a reasonably flexible schedule and be able to take on tasks as they come up
  • Does not need personal transportation, but it definitely helps!
  • Must be able to commit 15 hours per week
  • Outgoing personality with strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with Excel and Google Docs
  • Interest in the Arts and nonprofit Sector
  • Interest in Fundraising
  • Self-starter

Compensation: College credit encouraged and available upon school approval.

Time: This is a part-time internship (15 hours per week on average); the hours and time commitment are flexible to be set between the supervisor and the internship candidate prior to the start of the internship.

Deadline and Requirements:

TO APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing samples (prompts below) to info@austinbatcave.org by Friday August 28, 2015.

  1. In order to assess your professional writing skills, please include  an example of an email you would send to a business to ask for sponsorship for an event. (200 words)
  2. Tell us why you are interested in working with ABC. (200 words)
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Fall Internships with the YMCA of Austin

The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promote strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive by providing supportive and inclusive environments that nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Internships Opportunities NOW AVAILABLE!

Our office is conveniently located in our central office just north of the University of Texas at Austin! There is easy access to the Metro and UT Austin Shuttle Buses. If you are a student and looking for an opportunity that can help give you an edge in your future career we offer an array of opportunities for you to participate in. Below you will find four of our internship opportunities that are now available:

Account Administration Internship

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it! Internship

Early Learning Readiness Internship

Please fill out our internship application and submit it alongside your resume to ishmael.behrhorst@austinymca.org .

Not ready to commit for an internship just yet? That’s ok! We also offer a variety of volunteer opportunities at the Y! Visit our Program Services page to learn more about the programs we offer for your involvement.

Please contact Ishmael Behrhorst via email or phone at 512-236-9622 ext. 360 for any questions or concerns.

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Fall Internship with the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Are you passionate about children? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young children living with a chronic medical condition? If you answered yes, then we have an exciting opportunity for you.

The RLS Foundation based in Austin, Texas is the leading nonprofit patient advocacy organization providing support and hope for individuals and their families affected by this serious neurological disease. Supported by individual donations, we fund the only research program dedicated to finding a RLS cure, certify Quality Care Centers located at major medical institutions in the United States and Europe where individuals can seek care from world renowned RLS experts and provide educational materials to patients and physicians resulting in an improved quality of life.

We are looking for a candidate with a passion for serving the nonprofit community who is willing to take on a project that focuses on young children living with RLS.

Our ideal candidate for this position is a college student who is a highly motivated, creative and thoughtful individual with the ability to transform medical information into an understandable interactive format for young children.

As an intern with the RLS Foundation, you will work on significant projects that have a positive impact on the lives of individuals living with RLS. We want our interns to participate in and learn about development, event planning, communications and non-profit management skills.

Experiences You Will Gain

  • Develop content and layout for a new RLS in Children Booklet for school aged kids as part of our Hearing Children’s Voices Program
  • Work with staff to develop a monthly script that our cartoonist can create into informational vignettes for use in our printed materials, newsletters, social media and the Hearing Children’s Voices
  • Assist the Executive Director and Communications Coordinator in the development of compelling Information for inclusion in our library of materials
  • Content development and copy editing for our monthly eFriends newsletter and acclaimed quarterly newsletter, NightWalkers
  • Additional opportunities to assist with our other awareness and educational activities, social media and website

What We Require

  • Strong communication skills
  • A team player
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Organized with the ability to prioritize time-sensitive items
  • Blackbaud Software experience preferred, but we will train
  • Interest in nonprofit communication and management
  • College student with a background in communication, early childhood/elementary education, hospital specialist, nursing or other related discipline
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Fall Internships with Marathon Kids

 

Marathon Kids Communications and PR Intern

Direct Reports to: Mary Mattia, Communications and PR Manager S

Start Date: Immediate
Hours: part-time (16-20 hours per week)

OVERVIEW:

Marathon Kids is dedicated to improving the health of children by providing them with the tools, motivation and support to live happier, healthier lifestyles. So far, Marathon Kids has transformed the lives of over two million children and as of this year, we have partnered with Nike to take our youth running program to the next level. Kids everywhere need more access to physical activity. We are building a sustainable funding model to fuel our growth and help every kid go the distance.

Marathon Kids is seeking a driven, fast-learning and inventive intern who is passionate about changing the lives of children and is ready to apply communications/PR knowledge to that cause. This internship will provide hands-on experience with an innovative nonprofit – you will be mentored by professionals actively changing the NPO world, blow-out your work portfolio through real-world experience, and help deliver on the promise of the Marathon Kids mission.

QUALIFICATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Write. Press releases, pitches, media materials, social posts, coverage reports, trackers, recaps – strong written skills will be a key contributor to your success.
  • Research. Get down and dirty with the ins-and-outs of our world. Take initiative to learn what you don’t know to help inform stellar work product and decision-making.
  • Hustle. Get scrappy pitching media and garnering coverage; develop media and community relationships and put them to use.
  • Plan. Assist in event planning, coordination and management. Be detail-oriented and resourceful.
  • Analyze. Hone your critical thinking skills and look deeply at the landscape and materials in front of you. Synthesize insights from your learning and develop reports that shed light on the unknown.
  • Strategize. Be ready to come to the table with thoughts, poignant questions and recommendations.
  • Adapt. We move fast, experiment and pivot as soon as we identify a need to change course. Adaptability and flexibility are critical to this role.
  • Engage. Be part of a small, highly productive and dynamic team. Leave a real legacy with your ideas and projects.

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

    To be considered, please email your resume and cover letter to mary@marathonkids.org as soon as possible.

Marathon Kids Development Intern

Direct Reports to: Development Officer and/or Grants Manager

Start Date: Immediate
Hours: part-time (16-20 hours per week)

OVERVIEW:

Marathon Kids is dedicated to improving the health of children by providing them with the tools, motivation and support to live happier, healthier lifestyles. So far, Marathon Kids has transformed the lives of over two million children and as of this year, we have partnered with Nike to take our youth running program to the next level. Kids everywhere need more access to physical activity. We are building a sustainable funding model to fuel our growth and help every kid go the distance.

Marathon Kids is seeking a driven, fast-learning and inventive intern who is passionate about changing the lives of children and is ready to learn and apply social enterprise, research and development knowledge to that cause. This internship will provide hands-on experience with a cutting-edge development team at an innovative nonprofit. You will be mentored by professionals actively changing the NPO world, gain real-world experience, and fulfill and help deliver on the promise of the Marathon Kids mission.

QUALIFICATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Research. Get down and dirty with the ins-and-outs of the nonprofit development world. Take initiative to learn what you don’t know to help inform stellar work product and decision-making.
  • Track. Get up close and personal with the funding cycles of institutions and individual donors. Enter and maintain clean constituent data in Salesforce, our CRM. Assist in gift acknowledgement and donor cultivation.
  • Write. Briefs on potential leads, meeting notes, grant reports, proposals, recaps – strong written skills will be a key contributor to your success.
  • Analyze. Hone your critical thinking skills and look deeply at the landscape and materials in front of you. Synthesize insights from your learning and directly apply them on the go.
  • Create. Assist in event planning and collateral production. Bring ideas to life.
  • Adapt. We move fast, experiment often, and pivot as soon as we identify a need to

    change course. Adaptability and flexibility are critical to this role.

  • Engage. Be ready to come to the table with thoughtful questions and big ideas. Be part

    of a small, highly productive and dynamic team. Make a lasting impact.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To be considered, please email your resume and cover letter to development@marathonkids.org as soon as possible.

www.marathonkids.org

2512 S IH 35 #350. Austin, TX 78741 (p) 512-477-1259

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SOGI: Health and Rights lab looking for Research Assistants

The SOGI: Health and Rights laboratory focuses on the role of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in human health, development, and rights. Our projects focus on the links between SOGI and health/well-being, with an emphasis on how prejudice and stigma shapes daily life. Our research includes attention to the unique vulnerabilities and strengths of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people across the lifespan, yet most of our studies focus on adolescents and healthy development.

Undergraduate research assistants wanted to support the research of the SOGI: Health & Rights lab.

Research assistants may volunteer or sign up for course credit; a small number of positions may be available for pay. Research tasks will include data entry, basic data summary analysis and reporting, library research / literature searches and bibliographic database management, and some data analysis (depending on interests and experience). Past experiences including library searches, bibliography software, Microsoft Excel and Word, and statistical analysis software are desirable but not necessary. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential. Interested students at different experience levels are encouraged to apply – no prior experience is required.

If you are interested, please send the following information by email to:

stephen.russell@utexas.edu

Please include:

  •   Name / contact information
  •   Class and major / minor
  •   GPA
  •   Description of prior research experience, if any
  •   Description of interest in the projects of the lab
  •   Interest in course credit, work for pay, or both / either
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Social Marketing Intern with Faith and Energy Action Team

The Faith and Energy Action Team

Position Available: Social Marketing for the Austin Faith and Energy Action Team, a grassroots non-profit program of ClimateBuddies.org.

Going into our 3rd year, we would like some social marketing boost. Our market is progressive congregations and advocates for local specific actions on climate change.

We want to define, differentiate, partner, brand. Personal contacts and web are our medium. Some of the tasks might include:

  • Upgrading our social database for effective social marketing.
  • Creating outreach, recruitment, and educational materials.
  • Location additional local congregations wanting to impact our climate crisis.
  • Packaging and providing our assessment tools for becoming carbon neutral.
  • Recording participants’ group GHG reductions for the Treasury.
  • Create reports detailing program success; help get program funding.

Requirements:

  • Stable, local base and experience motivation action in groups via social media and calls.
  • Familiarity with this or similar market.
  • Self responsible, passionate, and motivational in writing and in person.
  • Not looking for career ladder, rather in making a difference in the movement and turning the tide over time.

Time commitment: About 4 hours/week (possibly about $17/hour but would be open to suggestions). Need a year-long commitment, with a 3-month evaluation period.

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Fall Internships with Compost Pedallers

Compost Pedallers is a 100% bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, TX that collects compostables from homes and businesses and pedals them directly to nearby urban farms and community gardens to grow more local food.

Our mission is to build a more vibrant Austin community by reducing waste, strengthening our local food system, and re-connecting neighbors to each other and the places that they live through more sustainable practices. All without burning a single drop of fossil fuel!

The Compost Pedallers are still accepting applications for the following fall internships:

1. Digital Communications Internship

2. Operations Support Internship

3. Compost Manager Internship

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to info@compostpedallers.com with the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line. We will be accepting applications through September 7th.

You can find information for all of our internships and job descriptions here.

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From “Informants” to Intellectuals: Reframing 20th Century Nahua Participation in Academic Research

Faculty Researcher: KELLY MCDONOUGH

Contact Details

Kelly McDonough – kelly.mcdonough@austin.utexas.edu

Description

McDonough, Kelly – Spanish & Portuguese
Starting on: As soon as possible
Contact: kelly.mcdonough@austin.utexas.edu

This project studies the representation of Mexican indigenous “informants,” collaborators, and authors in their own right during the twentieth century in anthropological and linguistic research (specifically related to Nahua culture, Nahuas being native speakers of Nahuatl – language of the Aztecs and more than 1.5 million people today). For the majority of the twentieth century many of the indigenous people who provided the information for academic studies were seen as sources of raw data that the “intellectual” academician would then analyze and interpret. In reframing indigenous peoples as intellectuals in their own right, I argue for an expanded understanding of indigenous intellectualism addresses both the tensions and complementary nature of oral and written modes of creating and transmitting oral and written indigenous knowledges. At the same time, with this approach as example, I advocate for a return to early twentieth-century anthropological and linguistic studies in order to tease out and recover voices of indigenous intellectuals that can and should inform contemporary studies of Nahua culture.

I need assistance with downloading all of the 42 volumes of the journal Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl, coding essays for general topics, and assessing how the indigenous person who provided the source material (usually called an informant or collaborator, but sometimes author) is recognized in the essays.

Qualifications:
Required: Advanced proficiency in Spanish; knowledge of Word and Excel.
Preferred: Interest in Indigenous Studies

Time Commitment: Negotiable
Duration: 2-4 months
Compensation: Credit in the acknowledgments of the completed article
The sponsor of this project is available for weekly meetings in person or via Skype
For more information please contact Kelly McDonough at kelly.mcdonough@austin.utexas.edu

Project Timeline

5/1/15-10/1/15

Duties

data collection
discourse analysis
pdf’s searchable
literature review
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