Explore America Scholarship

Hostelling International is recruiting applicants for our Explore America Scholarship, which includes a $500 travel stipend and 5 to 10 overnights at our HI USA hostels. We will be awarding two Explore America scholarships to individuals in the Austin area.

About Hostelling International USA:

 Hostelling International USA is a 501c3 nonprofit and is founded on the enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places and the world around.

 We have close to 60 hostels in our US network. All hostels meet our quality standards and are as varied in their looks as in their locations. Some are in modern, multi-story buildings and historic buildings that have been totally renovated. You can stay in a lighthouse on the California coast or a hostel in the heart of San Fran, Chicago and New York to name a few. Or swim in the pool at our HI Houston hostel. We also offer unique hostel activities so that guests have opportunities to get to know one another, as well as explore the local community together.  

About the Scholarship:

This scholarship is a great opportunity for experiencing travel in the United States. We are looking for applicants who have not had a lot of exposure to travel so that they can experience the joys of travel and find out what hostelling is all about. Austin (and surrounding area) residents between the ages of 18-30 who have a passion for travel are eligible.

A flyer and social media image for the Explore America Scholarship is attached. The application deadline is January 15, 2016. Recipients will have six months to use scholarship.

 For more information about these programs and to apply online, visit: www.hiusa.org/scholarships

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Internship Opportunity with Model Healthy Campus

The Wellness Network and Dell Medical School’s Model Healthy Campus Initiative is recruiting interns for our pilot challenge for Spring 2016!

Interested applications should fill out the Internship Application by the deadline on Dec 1st 2015 by 11:59pm.

Model Healthy Campus is an initiative focused on two things: understanding what health means to UT Austin’s students, faculty, and staff and enabling collaboration at a huge scale to help us creatively address our health needs on campus.   Interns will learn design thinking and work with the Design Institute for Health to help refine, prototype, and assess the ideas for our Spring 2016 Challenge.  We are looking for enthusiastic people from all backgrounds and majors interested in collaborative teamwork.

You can learn more at the Model Healthy Campus Initiative website–  and join our mailing list.

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Spring Internships available with the Miracle Foundation

The Miracle Foundation is an Austin-based nonprofit focused on empowering orphans to reach their full potential. We transform the lives of orphan children by revolutionizing the way orphanages are run, funded and managed. The Miracle Foundation partners with existing orphanages to implement our proven and systematic method that turns struggling, institutional orphanages into stable, loving, nurturing homes where children can thrive and truly change the story of their lives.

Are you interested in acting globally – right here in Austin – this spring? We are always looking for enthusiastic and committed people to help us fulfill our mission of empowering orphans to reach their full potential. You can give your time, talents and experience at our busy and lively Austin headquarters and truly know what you do makes an impact on the other side of the world.

Intern responsibilities vary, but are generally in one of the following areas:

-Office Administration




-Process Documentation


Interns should be able to give at least 10 hours/week of their time.

Our spring internship application deadline is coming up – Friday, December 18th. Apply today!

To learn more and apply, visit www.miraclefoundation.org/ways-to-help/give-your-time.

Link to application: Intern Application_Spring 2016_Final[1]

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Research Opportunities with the Prevention Research Lab

The Prevention Research Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants!

The Prevention Research Lab, led by Dr. Keryn E. Pasch in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, is searching for undergraduate research assistants for the Spring 2016 Semester. Undergraduate research assistants (URAs) will work on two projects, the Outdoor MEDIA II Study and the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults. The Outdoor MEDIA II study uses objectively collected data to document outdoor food, beverage, alcohol, and tobacco advertising in the Travis County area. This project is in collaboration with sites in California, Minnesota, and Ohio. The Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults (TCORS) is comprised of three different University of Texas (UT) sites: the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, UT Austin, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, each of which hosts one of 3 funded research projects. Students will work on projects focused on the marketing of tobacco products to youth and young adults. Both Outdoor MEDIA II and TCORS projects will involve the coding of advertisements and support of ongoing data collection of advertising and student survey data. Additional research opportunities such as literature searching, transcribing, and data summaries may be available.


A flexible spring schedule with at least a three hour block of time available.

Prior research experience is a plus but not necessary.


Hands-on experience with the research process, with an emphasis on the relationship between advertising and socio-economic disparities.

Bridging Disciplines, Nutrition, or other research credit offered if you qualify – please let us know if you are considering BDP credit or other research credit when you contact us.

If you are interested in joining the Prevention Research Lab as an undergraduate research assistant this spring, please complete the attached application and return, along with your résumé, to Ana Herrera (analauraherrera@utexas.edu).

Link to application: PRL_call for RAs_SPRING_2016_FINAL


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Paid Internship with UT Bike Project

The Orange Bike Project is UT’s community bicycle workshop and rental station. We provide hands on bicycle maintenance as well as semester and short term rentals for all students and staff of UT. We are located in 27th Street Garage (TSG) behind the SSB. We are currently looking for a student leaders to join our team as part-time paid intern, working as a shop coordinator. A description of this positions is provided on the application document. To apply, please send an application to orangebike@www.utexas.edu

Link to application: OBPApplication

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Diabetes Program Internship with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department

Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Program

Title: Diabetes Program Intern

Timeline: Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

Organization: City of Austin, Health & Human Services Department

Location: RBJ Health Center, 15 Waller St., Austin

Preceptors: Estephanie Olivares, Program Coordinator, and Sabrina McCarty, Health Educator II

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter to Estephanie Olivares

estephanie.olivares@austintexas.gov by Friday, December 2nd, 2015

Hours: Negotiable; Interns are expected to office at 15 Waller Street, Austin, TX at least

3 days per week & work at least 15 hours per week for the duration of the internship.

*Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred

Description: The student will work with the Diabetes Program Coordinator, Public Health Educator II, and the entire Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program staff to understand the programmatic initiatives to reduce the burden of chronic disease in Austin/Travis County. This internship will have a specific focus on the prevention and control of type 2 diabetes among medically underserved health disparate populations in Austin/Travis County.  The internship will have three focuses: community outreach pertaining to the Community Diabetes Initiative program, coordination of delivery of direct services with a concentration on the Walk Texas! Active Austin 10 Week Challenge, and participation in the Central Texas Diabetes Coalition and affiliated workgroups. 


  1. Gain an understanding of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program
  2. Become familiar with evidence-based programs such as the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP).
  3. Develop engagement strategies, an outreach plan, and implement the plan in target organizations to promote Diabetes Self-Management Education classes in the disparate groups with a high prevalence of diabetes including the African American, Hispanic, and Asian-American communities.
  4. Coordinating new diabetes management referral systems by establishing new partnerships with clinics and community organizations.
  5. Conduct an evaluation for current referral system. This may include data entry of forms, qualitative or quantitative analysis, and report generation.
  6. Support the Central Texas Diabetes Coalition through participation in general Coalition meetings and workgroups. Assist in coalition team building. Write meeting minutes and communicate with workgroup Coalition members as needed.


  1. Diabetes self-management class registration and participation.
  2. Diabetes self-management referral system.
  3. Minutes from Central Texas Diabetes Coalition meetings.

Website: www.austintexas.gov/diabetes

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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Opportunities Available

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

 Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level. Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; be a U.S. citizen; and be at least 18 years of age.   The deadline to apply is December 21, 2015

Please visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ for more information or contact ORAU Project Manager, Jennifer Casey, at (865) 574-8594 or Jennifer.Casey@orau.org.


University Partnerships Office



ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment, and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Opportunity for Spring 2016 and recent graduates: Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Want to spend a year in Washington DC? Apply for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program by Dec 1, 2015 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 Carnegie Junior Fellows Program.

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants in Washington, DC. Selected students are matched with senior associates – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for Carnegie publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

Eligible students will be in their senior year or alumni who have graduated within the past academic year and have not yet started graduate studies. A maximum of two students will be selected to represent The University of Texas at Austin in the competition to be selected as a Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellow.

Criteria for selection include outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent communication skills and interest in developing a global perspective on world events. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course  work in international affairs, political science, economics, history, mathematics, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, native or near-native Arabic, Middle East studies, energy and climate studies, and/or communications. 


Complete application information and appropriate forms are available at https://www.utexas.edu/ugs/recognition/awards/carnegie.

All of the following must be received via email or in person to MAI 202 no later than Dec. 1, 2015:

  • Application form
  • Essay (one page or less, double-spaced) on why the student would like to become a junior fellow
  • One to two page resume
  • Two recommendations
  • Transcript (official or unofficial) of undergraduate records
  • An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of ten topics 

For questions regarding the application process, contact Heather Russell at hrussell@austin.utexas.edu.

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Internships with Colorado River Alliance

Looking for a fun internship opportunity related to environmental science, education and community service? The Colorado River Alliance has several internships available for the spring and summer 2016 terms! Internships are unpaid but are available for academic credit. Interns are expected to commit at least 15 hours a week, but we’ll develop a schedule that works for you!

Environmental Education Internship

  • Our education internships are highly organized, fast paced, powerful professional development experiences for people who wish to enter the environmental education field, or “round out” their backgrounds as they prepare for science careers.
  • This internship’s core is environmental education with schoolchildren, but our interns work on a wide variety of projects including environmental education event management, data warehousing and analysis, and curriculum development.

Community & Special Events Internship

  • Participate in the Alliance community events and fundraisers – including banquets, festivals, and speaking events. Help includes sponsorship solicitation, event set up and more. The best part – most of these events occur in the evening or on the weekends – perfect for someone with a busy work schedule.

For more information about interning with the Alliance, please visit our website or contact 

Apply online here!

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Spring Internships available at The Thinkery

The Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.


To create innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.


A creative community with a passion for lifelong learning and discovery.

The Thinkery works with interns throughout the year in various roles throughout our organization. Each term our current openings will be posted. Open positions typically are posted here roughly one month prior to the application deadline. The application process for our Spring Internships is now open. Position descriptions for all the available roles are listed below. Within each position description you will find information on how to apply and the application deadline.

Camp Education Intern

Early Learners Intern

EdExchange Program Intern

Environmental Intern

Gallery Education Intern

Graphics Media Intern

Maker Education Intern

Marketing & Communications Intern

Public Programs Intern

Schools Program Intern

Teen Program Intern

Volunteer Engagement Intern

For questions about our internship program, please contact Dana Mahoney at 512.469.6211.

The Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.

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