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Spring Internships with Thinkery (The New Austin Children’s Museum

October 21, 2014 · No Comments

“The Thinkery is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s sparkling new 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.”

Apply Now for Spring 2015!

The Thinkery works with interns throughout the year in various roles. From graphic design, to early learners education, to fundraising, to Innovator’s Workshop, and more, interns are involved in many departments and roles.

Current Openings 

Birthday Party Intern

Camp Intern

Development Intern

Early Learners Intern

EdExchange Program Intern

Gallery Intern

Scout Program Intern

School Program Intern

Teen Program Intern

Look here for more information:

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

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Fulbright Awards for Study in Canada

October 21, 2014 · No Comments


The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from American universities to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. University of Texas at Austin students apply to the direct exchange program through partner institutions, register at their home institution and attend the host institution as an exchange student. During the course of their fellowship, University of Texas at Austin students will continue to pay tuition and fees to their home institution.


  • $5000 for one semester
  • Health Insurance Allowence
  • Up to $800 for in-country travel
  • Killam Orientation in Ottawa, ON
  • Spring Seminar in Washington, DC


  • be an American citizen,
  • be currently enrolled, and in good standing, as a full-time undergraduate student (BA, BS or BAH) at an accredited degree-granting institution in the United States (please note that professional degrees are normally not eligible),
  • be expected to be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good standing during the 2015-16 academic year, should he/she be selected for an award,
  • be expected to receive an undergraduate degree in the Spring 2016, or beyond,
  • meet the eligibility requirements and regulations of the home university,
  • be proficient in English, and in French, should the student plan to study at a French language institution,
  • have a superior academic record,
  • be able to complete all steps of the application process prior to the published deadlines, and
  • be nominated by the home university, in the instance of the direct exchange program


  • Applications are now available at
  • Questions can be forwarded to 
  • Applicants must be recommended by their home institution for the direct exchange program
  • Applications are reviewed by an independent adjudication committee of faculty members from Canadian and American universities
  • Selection is open and competitive, based on a combination of academic standing, personal statements, and references
  • The Foundation recognizes that excellence is found in all linguistic, ethnic and religious groups without regard for gender, age, sexual preference or race. The Killam Fellowships Program encourages applications from all interested and eligible candidates.


Riane Corter, Program Coordinator

International Office / Study Abroad

Phone: 512-471-2475



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Children of All Nations | Great Wall China Adoption — Seeks Chinese Speaking Intern

October 3, 2014 · No Comments

Children of All Nations (CAN), operated by Great Wall China Adoption, is a division of one of America’s leading international adoption agencies. CAN is dedicated to improving the lives of children by reaching out to nations around the world to place children and give humanitarian aid globally.

For over 16 years CAN has been placing children, advocating for improved legislation and international relations, and initiating charity programs focused on child welfare.

Great Wall China Adoption is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin,Texas. Since 1996, Great Wall has assisted the Chinese government in placing more than 8,000 children with forever families. Between the headquarters located in Austin, Texas and the sister office in Beijing, China, they work on behalf of families each day to be experts at exceeding China’s requirements and adoptive families’ expectations by staying updated on aspects of China adoption.

Currently, they are looking for a Chinese speaking intern.  The intern will work with staff in China on various tasks including translating adoption documents.  The intern does not need to be located in the Austin areas as the majority of the tasks can be completed remotely.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to


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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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