Bridging Disciplines Programs Opportunities

Internship Opportunities Available at KidWorks Therapy

March 30, 2015 · No Comments

KidWorks has the vision to bring together a group of experienced, passionate Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapists dedicated to family-centered, individualized care.  Our clinic has been modified to provide optimal therapeutic intervention while, at the same time, facilitating the safe, comfortable feel of a home.

The intern’s position is a clinic technician/assistant.  He or she is responsible for overseeing the volunteers and assisting with therapy setup and clean up. Candidates should have an interest in child development and a desire to further the clinic’s mission.  The prospective intern must come in for an interview, have a resume, and provide a letter of recommendation.  To apply, he or she should contact Rebecca Pokluda at or (512) 444-7219.

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Internships available at Mexic-Arte Museum

March 25, 2015 · No Comments

Internship: Mexic-Arte Education Department

Start Date: ASAP, but flexible

Duration: We would prefer a minimum of 2 months, the longer the better

Schedule/ Hours: 15 hours a week minimum, but can be adjusted depending on student schedule. Shifts are usually 4-6 hour in length with an hour break, and are between 9am and 7pm on weekdays.

Qualifications: Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Preference given to students with experience/ interest in fields such as studio art, art history, Latin American Studies, Mexican-American Studies, Education,

Museum Studies, etc. Proficiency in Photoshop a plus. Any experience in art education, and specifically screen printing, is a super plus.

Language: Fluency in English required, proficiency in Spanish preferred.

Application: Please send resume to Students are also welcome to email us for more details on the internship.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. However, students who complete a successful internship with Mexic-Arte are given priority for future paid opportunities.

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Undergraduate Research Grant

March 25, 2015 · No Comments

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Research Grant Application

The Senate of College Councils invites you to apply for this semester’s Undergraduate Research Grant (URG). The URG seeks to encourage students to become actively involved with research in their undergraduate experience by providing funding to a deserving applicant.

Eligible applicants include students assisting a faculty member with a research project, as well as students conducting independent or partnered research. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student as determined by the University of Texas at Austin’s Office of the Registrar.

One winner will receive a $1,000 grant from the Senate of College Councils to be used toward funding his or her research.

UPDATE: The deadline for all required materials is March 27, 2015 at 5:00 PMPlease note that you must provide a Social Security Number when applying for this grant. The application is available on the Senate of College Councils HornsLink page, under forms.

In the event that an electronic submission is not possible, you may submit your application in a manila envelope, in person, to Becky Carreon. Her desk is located in the Senate of College Councils’ office in SAC 2.102.

Please contact Kyle Ford and Melissa Flores at with any questions regarding the application.

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Internship at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

March 24, 2015 · No Comments

We are planning a series of free summer events to promote full inclusion for children with disabilities.  The mission of the Grape Up! Come Together series is to provide fully-inclusive, free fun for the Austin community.  The Summer Series intern would be responsible for:

·         Dates of the summer series: June 6th and ending August 22nd

·         Every Saturday, time tbd, except 4th of July

·         To be held at Ramsey Park or a local library

·         Intended audience: 2 to 8 year olds

 Each event will consist of:

A greeting

Getting settled

Book reading that relates to the topic

Activity or craft

Snack bag distribution

A reminder of the next week’s event

Graphic design creation of:

·         Grape Up! Come Together logo that is social media friendly

·         A webpage to put on The Johnson Center’s webpage

·         A stamp with The Johnson Center’s logo for the snack bags

·         A 1-sheet advertisement for each event

·         Volunteer tshirt design including sponsor logos on the back

·         A “passport to adventure”

·         At each event, there will be a stamp for the passport – once a child gets a certain number of stamps, they will be entered into a drawing for a prize

Event Prep

·         Over see volunteers from Easter Seals and various other organizations

·         Contact and schedule Sign Language interpreters

·         Takes pre-packed supply kit (first aid kit, wipes, paper towels, etc.), craft supplies, and BookPeople book

·         Ices cooler and waters (bought in bulk and kept at JC)

·         Preps snack bags day prior to event

·         Write blog about event for next week’s posting

·         Sets up 6 foot tables for name tags, craft supplies

·         JC representative meets at location

·         Leader/speaker meets at location

·         2 volunteers help set up craft

·         Volunteers make name tags and hand out ticket for book raffle, parent reminder

·         2 volunteers will always be on site to help with name tags, remind parents to stay with child, help kids with crafts

·         JC rep to take photos of event

Intern will work with behavior therapists on modifiers each event and activity so that children of all abilities can participate.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to:

Wendy Richardson

Family Care and Research Coordinator

Phone: 512-732-8400


Deadline : April 15, 2015

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HealthStart Foundation Summer 2015 Internship: Calling All Social Entrepreneurs

March 24, 2015 · No Comments


HealthStart is seeking an intern interested in helping change the world for the better through helping HealthStart developing a sustainable marketing strategy to reach child development centers and potential elementary school partners. Our primary purpose is to improve child health. HealthStart’s vision is that all children will learn how to be healthy from a young age. Our mission is to empower children to create a healthier future for our communities through early health education.

HealthStart has developed a comprehensive, robust health and science curriculum, Health Education for Youngsters! that includes 9 teachers guides, resource materials, parent information and more. The curriculum has been taught in 27 preschool and elementary schools in Central and South Texas to about 1,400 kids in the 2013-14 school year. HealthStart hopes to increase our organizational sustainability and put a communications road map in place with your help.


Health Start is currently seeking a part-time Summer 2015 intern with highly developed communications/ marketing/social media skills who can work about 12-15 hours per week. You will be part of a team shaping HealthStart’s message through social media that may include daily Facebook and Twitter posts, quarterly newsletter production, donor correspondence and management, marketing campaigns designed to inform and attract education partners and related tasks. All of these experiences should be highly transferrable to a professional communications work environment.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Press Releases and helping raise HealthStart’s profile within our community
  • Helping execute a media and communications plan
  • Working directly with HealthStart’s Development Committee
  • Writing HealthStart’s Summer Newsletter
  • Writing press releases, articles for parenting and health magazines, and a blog
  • Other marketing and communications related tasks as assigned


Candidates for the position must have experience with marketing, advertisement, social media, nonprofit development or related activity. Employment experience or a strong interest in social entrepreneurship, social marketing, health and wellness or early childhood education is preferred. Experience with digital arts or graphic design is a plus. Must be familiar with basic computer operations including MS WORD, EXCEL, and the Internet specifically social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, email clients, etc. In addition, candidates should have some or all of the following skills:

  • A willingness to learn new things or new ways of doing things
  • Ability to meet deadlines with little or no daily onsite supervision
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm about making a difference

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter (required) by email to Robin Herskowitz, Founder by noon on April 10, 2015 at Two references required. Candidates must be able to begin work no later than June 2 and they must be able to participate weekly Friday 9:00a staff meetings. Phone: 512-782-4355, Fax: 877-585-6513


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Skillpoint Alliance Seeks Velocity Prep Facilitators for Summer

March 23, 2015 · No Comments

Company Description

Skillpoint Alliance is a 501(c)3 social enterprise that builds partnerships among industry, education and the community, leading to college and career success for Central Texans, while meeting employers’ needs for a qualified workforce.

The Skillpoint Alliance Velocity Programs provide high school students with over 120 hours of relevant, hands-on work experience and exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Teams of 20 rising juniors and seniors form a consulting company and work for an actual client on a real world problem.

Students in Velocity Prep work full-time for four weeks during the summer to earn a stipend. Working with the client and other experts, participant’s research, plan, develop, and present deliverables to address the client’s real-world problem in a hands-on setting.

Job Description

Do you have a passion for working with students? Want more experience working in project-based environments? This internship is looking for enthusiastic individuals that want to engage students in STEM and serve the community.

The Project Facilitator collaborates with Skillpoint Alliance staff to ensure Velocity Prep program delivery. The facilitator is responsible for preparing for the program, facilitating each meeting time, and helping students organize their project and workflow to develop an effective solution.

The Facilitator manages logistics and works with both the host school and external partners to ensure program success. In turn, the Facilitator will gain valuable experience by working directly with an industry client, serving as project manager for a large group and experimenting with facilitating in a project-based environment. Sample projects include: working on helping students to design viable power solutions, design civil engineering solutions, or to design mobile applications.

• Attend Velocity Facilitator Orientation
• Create desired outcomes and evaluation procedures for project;
• Define student workflow, establish metrics, deliverables, and other processes for measuring project progress;
• Manage student expectations, maintaining student schedule, instituting accountability measures and addressing student motivation and performance issues as necessary;
• Serve as “sounding board” for student brainstorming and ideas;
• Serve as student role model by modeling productive work habits, positive attitude and effective professional relationships;
• Coordinate student engagement with industry/subject matter experts (e.g. site tours, guest lectures);
• Manage documentation for all Velocity Capstone program operations;
• Prepare a summary report describing project goals, accomplishments, student outcomes, expenditures, and suggestions for improvement ;
• Oversee the development of written and presentation deliverables including, but not limited to: business plans, and PowerPoint presentations;
• Engage students in discussion and research relevant to the project at hand.
• Additional Responsibilities as assigned by Velocity Program Lead


Required Skills

  • Project management skills (effective and efficient communication is critical);
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills (eg. Student organization leadership);
  • Some experience working with youth in an education or informal setting; and
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
Required Education / Experience
  • Currently pursuing or completed a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Masters in a relevant subject area
  • Upperclassmen, or pursuing advanced degree
Reliable Transportation Required
Preferred/Additional Skills
Any of the following:
• Knowledge of/interest in project topics including solar technology, game design, mobile apps development, energy efficiency, sustainable design
• Familiarity with the development of a business plan, consulting services
• Interest in youth/education, nonprofits
• Previous project management experience (e.g. student organization leadership)
• Familiarity using a computer assisted drawing (CAD) program, (e.g., Autodesk, Google SketchUp, Adobe)
• Programming Experience (e.g., Flash, Java, HTML5, Unity)
• Possess basic level Photo, Audio, and Video editing skills.

Additional Information

Location and Schedule

  • Spring: Flexible planning time spent working remotely
  • Summer: 4 Weeks, 40 hours per week | 8am – 4pm, M- F | Austin area high schools
  • $1,500 stipend per Velocity Prep (four weeks)

To apply:
• Please submit your resume along with a cover letter highlighting your career interests to with “STEM Project Facilitator” in the subject line.

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Health Care Policy Internship with Children’s Defense Fund

March 23, 2015 · No Comments

Company: Children’s Defense Fund Texas

Job Title: Health Care Policy Intern (20 hrs/wk)

Job Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Internship Dates: Spring, summer and fall internships available

Salary: Stipend available

Job Description: The internship is based in Austin and provides general support for the CDF-TX Policy Department. The intern works 20 hours/week, and provides substantive research, compiles reports, monitors interim legislative committees and helps with the execution of advocacy-related activities, including advocate training/recruitment, story collection, public education, legislator visits, legislative briefings and other Department projects.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Advocate outreach and recruitment
  • Policy research, briefs and training material
  • Conducts research on public policy, media trends and other subjects as needed
  • Assists in the development and execution of special projects
  • Perform other division, department, and organization-wide special projects as needed and assigned
  • Assist in maintaining CDF’s social media platforms
  • Evenings and occasional weekend activity is required, consistent with policy support for a leading national not-for-profit organization

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work effectively and calmly in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment and ability to multi-task
  • Strong organizational and execution skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children
  • Ability to organize facts and present issues in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact diplomatically and professionally with CDF staff and external partners/contacts
  • Strong computer, Internet and research skills

 Application Instructions: To apply, candidates should email a one-page cover letter describing their interest and qualifications and a resume to: and type POLICY INTERN in the subject line. Deadline for applicants is April 18.

Contact Information: Cheasty Anderson, Health Policy Associate


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Research Opportunity with IC2 Institute

March 23, 2015 · No Comments

The IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1977 as a multidisciplinary and international “think and do” tank on technology, civic, and social entrepreneurship and innovation to catalyze regional development through the active collaboration with university, government, and private sectors.   The Institute has researched the theory and practice of shared prosperity and home and abroad and has been instrumental in Austin’s growth as an innovation and technology center and in the development of knowledge-based economies in over 30 countries.  Key Institute programs applying knowledge gained from ongoing research activities in Central Texas and throughout the world include: The Austin Technology Incubator, Bureau of Business Research, and the Global Commercialization Group, see .

Dr. David Gibson, an Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist at IC2 Institute would like to mentor Bridging Disciplines Student(s) in research and application focused on the country of Belize involving the University of Belize and other academic and government entities, see   In this regard, I am keenly interested in working with students on developing Social Media and other web based programs for The Belize Foundation, see

A previous Bridging Disciplines Student working on this project wrote and published an article titled, “Belize At The Crossroads: Assets and Challenges for Sustainable Development.” 

If interested please contact Dr. David Gibson at or call 512-475-8941.

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Summer and Fall Internships at Project Vote Smart

March 23, 2015 · No Comments

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life’s Project Vote Smart (see video below) is seeking interns in its UT Austin office for Summer and Fall 2015. Successful candidates will examine federal and state policies through research on bills and legislators’ voting records.

This is a wonderfully relevant opportunity for students interested in the U.S. political system and legislative process.

The deadline for priority consideration is May 11 at 5:00pm. Applicants must be able to dedicate at least 14 hours per week during the Summer and at least 10 hours per week during the Fall to the internship. To apply, email a cover letter and resume.

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Summer Internship at Growing Roots

March 19, 2015 · No Comments

Agency Description:

Growing Roots’ mission is to empower families of children with special needs through hands on information, resources and support. Growing Roots is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Austin, Texas, created for families of children with special needs who have questions, want resources, need emotional support, and wish to know that they are not alone. We provide weekly classes taught in small group settings with other parents of children with special needs (offered in both Spanish and English, with childcare) to inform, connect, support and empower families. We offer a Special Education in the Schools course & Autism course, as well as supportive case management, monthly support groups, family fun days, and professional development training. We believe that children have different abilities, not disabilities, parents are the experts on their child’s needs, each family is on their unique journey, in creating a diverse community that reflects all differences, and in using people first language at all times.


Growing Roots is seeking 1 student for a field internship. The internship is designed to give students an in- depth, hands-on learning experience of the management and daily workings of a small non-profit. Opportunities for an intern include but are not limited to: program measurement and evaluation, development of new programs and opportunities for our families, community outreach and strategic partnership building, grant writing and reporting, event planning for our annual fundraiser, event coordination and execution for Family Fun Days, volunteer coordination for agency events and programs, social media management including maintaining Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts as well as content creation for our website, blog, and newsletter, and active involvement in meetings related to strategic planning and growth. There will also be opportunities to engage with our families on a clinical level with support groups and case management if this is of interest to the student. The internship is flexible and aimed at working with the intern’s educational goals and interests to create a fulfilling, productive experience. Bilingual Spanish/English is preferred but not necessary.

Deadlines & How to Apply:  Please send a resume and a cover letter to Maria Hernandez, by May 1 2015.

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