Bridging Disciplines Programs Opportunities

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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Project SEED looking for Fall 2014 Spanish-Speaking Research Assistants

August 28, 2014 · No Comments

Spanish-fluent research assistants are needed for a research study on Mexican children who translate between English and Spanish for their parents. Research assistants interview Mexican families by driving around Austin area or by calling families in our lab. Students receive mileage reimbursement and course credit for their work on the project. Contact for more information and to schedule an interview.

Project SEED is sponsored by Dr. Su Yeong Kim.

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Fall Internships with the Sustainable Food Center

August 27, 2014 · No Comments

The Sustainable Food Center, an Austin-based nonprofit, cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.

The SFC is currently seeking interns for the following roles:

Join us and work with schools in the Austin area to promote the availability of fresh, local foods in cafeterias, support school gardening efforts, coordinate on-campus educational and outreach events, and connect schools with other healthy, local food systems programming and resources. This placement requires about five to seven hours per week, and provides opportunity to learn about farm-to-school and food-systems education programs, and gain insight into the operations of community-based organizations like SFC. Send your resume/CV to Evan Driscoll »

Grant Writing
Are you looking for some valuable hands-on grant writing experience? Come join our team and help us fuel the connections between our vibrant community and its local food and farmers! SFC is seeking a grant writing intern with strong research and writing skills to perform a wide variety of tasks for approximately 10-15 hours per week. Contact Jessica Burleson »


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Fall Openings for Bobble Brand Ambassadors

August 26, 2014 · No Comments

Represent the #waterrevolution on Your Campus

Bobble is recruiting student leaders and campus influencers to bring the water revolution to their campuses this fall!

The water revolution calls for students around the US to reduce plastic waste by stigmatizing the use of single-serve water bottles. Did you know Americans buy an estimated 42.6 billion single-serve plastic water bottles each year and as many as 30 billion of those end up in landfills, unrecycled? (Container Recycling Institute – 2010). And they take 800 million years to decompose! The good news is you can help.

As a bobble brand ambassador, you’ll have the opportunity to educate your peers about bobble as a stylish solution to the outrageous waste of single-serve bottled water. Throughout the semester, you’ll be encouraging other students to live a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle! You will form partnerships with relevant eco-friendly/socially-conscious organizations on campus to host campus events and share online social content.

Ideal bobble Reps are passionate about green initiatives and are looking to gain resume building experience while having fun with an eco-friendly, innovative product, bobble.

General responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a consistent relationship with other reps on campus.
  • Partnering with green/socially conscious organizations to execute marketing missions.
  • Educating and on-boarding your community and peers.
  • Creating and amplifying content across social media.

What’s in it for you?

  • Word-of-mouth, public relations and social media marketing experience.
  • Opportunities to develop relationships with pioneers in the green space.
  • Performance-based incentives, bobble merchandise and perks.
  • A chance to intern with Seventh Generation, bobble’s parent company.

Program Timing:

  • Fall 2014 Semester (Early September to Early December)


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Fall Internship in Public Relations with Texas Appleseed

August 19, 2014 · No Comments

Texas Appleseed’s mission is to promote social and economic justice for all Texans by leveraging the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to identify practical solutions to difficult systemic problems.

Texas Appleseed is pleased to offer a small number of internships in a variety of project areas for students of law and public policy, as well as public relations. Students work under the guidance of experienced professionals and attorneys. Interested students should be dependable, have a desire to learn, and should demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills.

Send required materials to Brennan Griffin, Development Director. Email:

Public Relations Intern

The PR intern will report directly to the Communications Director. The intern will assist with media list development, weekly news updates and media outreach. The intern will also develop his/her writing skills by drafting press materials and assisting with editing. Texas Appleseed produces a number of publications each year, and the PR intern will have the opportunity to learn about the design and printing process.


  • You must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week during the fall semester.
  • Students must be a university sophomore, junior or senior studying communications or

    public relations.

  • To apply, send your cover letter, resumé and a writing sample to Brennan Griffin. The

    subject line of your email should include your name and your area of interest: Public Relations Intern.

    Interviews for the fall semester begin the last week of August. The deadline for fall internship applications is Sept. 12

Link to the posting:

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Volunteer with the Association for India’s Development

August 19, 2014 · No Comments

The Association for India’s Development (AID) is non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India, fully run by volunteers, with over 52 chapters in six countries. AID seeks lives of self-reliance and dignity for thousands of people in India and has supported over 500 projects in the last 20 years. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of charkha (constructive work) and satyagraha (non-violent resistance to injustice), AID works with grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice.

Our work goes beyond simply providing funds, to working in partnership with grassroots organizations, to collectively and sustainably resolve systemic challenges in India. Do feel free to talk to or email any of our volunteers to find out more about AID.

Visit their website here:

And check out some volunteer possibilities here:

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Fall Research Opportunities with the Prevention Research Lab

August 18, 2014 · No Comments

The Prevention Research Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants!

The Prevention Research Lab, operated by Dr. Keryn E. Pasch in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, is searching for fall undergraduate research assistants. Undergraduate research assistants (URAs) will work one or more of several projects: 1) Outdoor MEDIA II, 2) Coding Food Outlets, 3) Transcribing Qualitative Interviews, 4) Coding of Magazine Advertising, and 5) Tobacco Marketing to Youth and Young Adults.

  1. Outdoor MEDIA II

This project will use 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 and Minnesota. Data collectors will use electronic tools to document and code advertising and marketing. For this position, a flexible schedule with at least four hour blocks of time available during the day is required. Data collectors will go out to site to collect the data and also be required to work in the lab to code the collected data.

  1. Coding Food Outlets And Menus

This project will involve coding previously collected data on food outlets located near Austin area middle schools.  For this project, URAs will use their nutrition knowledge and detailed coding protocols to code all outlets for items such as type, category, and food sold.  In addition, URAs will collect and code menus of selected restaurants based on a vegetable-centered menu analysis tool.  Similarly, this task will require URAs to use their nutrition knowledge and detailed coding protocol.  Results of this project will provide a novel way to examine the food environment near schools based on both outlet type as well as foods sold.  Nutrition background is required for this project.

  1. Transcribing Community Nutrition Interviews

This project will involve transcribing and coding qualitative interviews that were conducted with key staff members of Austin area community nutrition programs.  This project aims to determine what current best practices and biggest challenges are for community nutrition programs.  For this project, URAs will need basic computer skills for transcribing interviews, critical thinking skills for creating themes and codes based on responses of participants, as well as basic knowledge of community nutrition programs. Nutrition background a plus.

  1. Coding of Magazine Advertisements

This project will involve the coding of advertisements, including alcohol, food, and beverage, found in several popular magazines for content. Tasks will include creation of a data collection template, coding of the magazines, and basic data management.

  1. Tobacco Marketing to Youth and Young Adults

These projects are part of a large center grant. One component is a project focused on e-cigarette advertising on television, and uses eye-tracking technology and quantitative surveys, to better understand the influence of television commercials on 100 college students. Students will help administer the study protocol with the college students, code and enter data, and assist with other research tasks as needed. For this position, a flexible schedule with at least four hour blocks of time available is preferred, this may include evenings. Other components of this project may include working with Filemaker, a database program, to create data collection templates as well as other activities to support the projects within the center.

Additional research opportunities such as literature searching and data summaries may be available.


A flexible schedule with at least 3-4 hour blocks of available time on two to three days a week is preferred.

Prior research experience is preferred.

Nutrition research credit (NTR355) and Bridging Disciplines (BDP 320) credit is offered through the Prevention Research Lab – please let us know if you are considering research credit when you contact us.

If you are interested in joining the Prevention Research Lab as an undergraduate research assistant this fall, please complete the application (link below) and return it, along with a resume, to Ana Herrera ( for additional information or to set up an interview.

Application: Call for URAs – Fall 2014[3]


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Fall Internships with Shoal Creek Conservancy– Stipend Available

August 14, 2014 · No Comments

The Shoal Creek Conservancy ( is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2013 with the mission of restoring, protecting and enhancing the ecological, social and cultural vibrancy of Shoal Creek for the people of Austin, Texas by engaging the public and partnering with the community. We seek to achieve this mission through activities that maintain and improve the Shoal Creek trail and greenway; enhance the public’s enjoyment of the Creek; and restore the watershed. Shoal Creek is the city’s oldest trail and extends for approximately six miles through the heart of Austin, Texas.

Do you love Austin’s trails, parks and creeks? Are you seeking experience in the nonprofit field? 

The Conservancy is now accepting applications for its Fall 2014 internship program. We are seeking current students or recent graduates to fill the following four positions:

Stipend: These positions are unpaid. However, the Conservancy offers a $1,000 per semester stipend to help defer expenses and encourages students to pursue course credit.

Time Commitment: The internships will begin in early September. Interns are asked to commit at least 15 hours per week at the office, which is located in the heart of downtown Austin.

To Apply: Please send a resume and short cover letter to Joanna Wolaver

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Fall Internship at Mexic-Arte Museum

August 13, 2014 · No Comments

Mexic-Arte museum was founded on 1983  with one bold vision in mind: to educate and promote traditional and contemporary Latino art throughout the entire state of Texas.

Mexic-Arte Museum is looking for an intern to assist in the Education Department. Students should expect to make a commitment of about 10-20 hours per week. This opportunity is ideal for a student looking to fulfill a university internship requirement. This internship is unpaid, but successful completion of the internship may result in the possibility of applying for future employment as positions becomes available. Applicants must be able to pass a background check.

The schedule will be flexible. Shifts are generally scheduled between 9am and 6pm Monday-Friday. Shift times may vary week to week and there may be opportunities for weekend shifts. Shifts will last 4-6 hours with a lunch break. The intern will know their shift schedule 1-2 weeks beforehand and can request certain days/times that work with their schedule.

The education intern will assist with the coordination of youth and adult programs. Other opportunities include: touring youth groups through exhibitions, developing curriculum, preparing for and facilitating creative projects, assisting with education outreach, and helping with program evaluation.


Excellent writing skills

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Must provide own transportation to and from Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin

Bachelor’s Degree (or currently enrolled in a college or university)

Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English

Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

Experience/ strong interest in Art History, Museum Education, or Latin American Studies

Responsibilities Include:

General office assistance such as copying and filing

Assist with grant reporting that is reviewed by the City of Austin, which includes entering client registrations, sign-in sheets , data and surveys into a database

Organize and maintain art materials; inventory of supplies such as t-shirts and ink

Assist with special museum events such as Make and Take/Family Day and scheduled group tours

Assist with social media marketing

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Olivia 512-200-7277.

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A Glimmer of Hope Seeks Communications Intern for Fall

August 13, 2014 · No Comments

A Glimmer of Hope is a non-profit organization that helps lift women and children out of extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia. Glimmer is working to make a sustainable difference in the lives of rural Ethiopians through water, sanitation, health, education and microfinance projects. Glimmer is based in Austin, Tex. Learn more at

Glimmer is looking for a Communications Intern who will assist in a variety of communications and marketing projects and help organize our media content libraries. You will be asked to contribute and add to ongoing team projects that focus on efficient communication with Glimmer’s supporters.


  • Research messaging strategies to build the Glimmer brand through social media
  • Create organization systems for our media content libraries
  • Conduct research on successful marketing tactics
  • Write copy and assist with visual storytelling
  • Assist with other media projects as needed
  • Execute tasks on quick deadlines


you’re a world changer. Interested in serving humanity? An internship at Glimmer means you’ll be a part of something big. Something that helps create change in your world.

you get things done. You’re a pro at meeting deadlines, multi-tasking, and you’re a firm believer that every detail matters. If you don’t know, you ask questions and get what you need to perform your best. You communicate early on if there is a problem.

you’re independent and innovative, yet roll with the punches. We expect creative thinking and solutions from everyone here. You are a self-starter who thinks outside the box and provides real-time solutions without handholding. Our close-knit departments constantly overlap, so you can jump right into group projects, and deal with a diverse group.

you get accused of being a feng shui master. Your well-developed sense of space and function means you have a natural knack for design, and organization. You just make things look good.

knowledgeable and experienced. You have the education and work experience to back up your mad skills as a communicator, writer and general marketing whiz.

You’re tech savvy and an AP stylebook wizard. You’re computer literate with Mac experience including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You love grammar and know where to put an Oxford comma. A basic knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign and Google AdWords are a plus.


We are looking for a part-time intern for the Fall of 2014. Please apply only if you are located in Austin, Texas.


The Glimmer Internship Program is an incredible opportunity for qualified students to gain real world experience at an international non-profit with a mission to help change the world. This is an unpaid internship but it may count for internship credit at your college or university.

Perks. Besides working for an incredible cause and with an incredible team, you’ll have free entry to all Glimmer events, and receive a Glimmer t-shirt.


Please submit a cover letter, your resume and answers to the questions below to No phone calls please.

intern questions:

  1. Describe yourself.
  2. How did you become familiar with Glimmer, and what has your previous involvement with Glimmer been?
  3. When did humanitarian work become a priority for you?
  4. Explain why you are applying for this position, and what makes you a good fit.
  5. If you are accepted, what will your personal goals be during your time here?
  6. Please list two or three of your favorite websites.
  7. What is the last book that you read and enjoyed? And the last book you read and didn’t enjoy?
  8. Please list your top three favorite movies.

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