Bridging Disciplines Programs Opportunities

Spring 2015 Internships available with Anti-Defamation League

December 17, 2014 · No Comments

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

In Austin, the work of the ADL focuses on our work in over 300 schools with our No Place for Hate® initiative, our work with law enforcement, our legislative advocacy efforts, and our work as convener of the Hate Crimes Task Force.

Interns will be part of the daily work of ADL, from helping with communication to research to writing articles.  In addition, interns will help with whatever projects are going on in the office.

Please send your resume to  Successful applicants will need to complete a background check.

They are looking for a spring 2015 Regional Operations intern and Development Intern. PRIMARY FUNCTION Under direct supervision, participate in day-to-day operations and projects within the Division/Department/Regional Office in order to learn real-world transferable skills and gain work experience.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Primary:1. Shadow the respective manager, and designated colleague(s), to gain real-world work experience in, and a greater understanding of, the respective field of interest.2. Participate in Division/Department/Regional Office meetings to gain a better understanding of the mission of ADL and familiarity with community service work.

3. Read print and electronic media on topics connected to the ADL mission.

4. Under direct supervision, conduct research, prepare memos and letters, and draft meeting minutes in order to gain experience in the implementation of community service work.

5. Gain a better understanding of field of interest by participating in special projects in the fields of development, civil rights, international affairs, education, community service, management, or other areas of interest.

Secondary: Provide clerical assistance as needed.



1.       Skills

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Research skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment to ADL’s mission.
  • Experience in Microsoft Word.

2.       Work Experience:

  • Prior volunteer or work experience helpful.

3.       Education:

  • High School student, matriculated college student, or recent High School or college graduate.


Renee Lafair | Regional Director

Anti-Defamation League | 3305 Northland Drive, Suite 310 | Austin, TX 78731 | Email: | Phone: 512-249-7960

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Spring 2015 Internships available with Ten Thousand Villages of Austin

December 17, 2014 · No Comments

Ten Thousand Villages of Austin is a 501(c)(3) fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted works from across the globe. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade. We establish long-term relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and lack other opportunities for income.

Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 70+ retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items.

 Event Planning Internship

We are currently looking for an Intern who is passionate about Fair Trade, our mission, and is interested in helping our Austin store reach “the next level”! This person will help us with our events big and small, by completing tasks associated with our events; increasing their scope in the Austin community; polishing and streamlining events to make them more effective; and seeking out new opportunities to expand our events.

This position is perfect for any student looking to gain more hands-on experience in event planning, marketing and fundraising, or desiring insight into non-profit management!

Intern Responsibilities

  • Volunteer 15 hours per week (up to 20 hours/week around key event dates)
  • Be an assertive advocate for Ten Thousand Villages of Austin
  • Assist with the planning and strategizing of our store’s fair trade events, with a major focus on our International Women’s Day celebration in early March
  • Help to develop a new series of in-store community events, known as Village Collectives
  • Foster relationships with past and future participants and partners through several channels
  • Be proactive in updating, communicating and completing tasks associated with events
  • Create e-mailouts, signage, and forms related to events
  • Follow checklists and ensure tasks are completed on time
  • Participate in event team meetings, and work collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Occasional customer service in store when needed, and any networking related to event

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency using Google Drive, Mail and Calendar apps, and able to learn new software quickly
  • Enjoys using and understands Social Media.
  • Graphic design experience a plus, but not essential
  • Assertive, proactive, and able to take initiative and step outside comfort zone to learn new skills
  • Highly organized and cooperative work style

Internship Perks

  • 20% off all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin
  • Positive, innovative, and fun work environment at an organization that has been named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 6 years in a row by the Ethisphere Institute
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded community members
  • Professional development through Ten Thousand Villages staff evaluations and training sessions

Interested applicants should submit brief letter of interest and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator, Alex Peters ( Internship begins in early January 2015.

Social Media Marketing Intern

We are currently seeking an Intern who is passionate about Fair Trade, our mission, and is interested in helping our Austin store reach “the next level”! Social Media sites are an invaluable marketing tool for reaching a larger audience and increasing buzz about our store. This position is perfect for any student looking to gain more hands-on experience in social media marketing or desiring insight into how a non-profit organization is managed!

 Internship Responsibilities:

Social Media (50%)

  • Work with the Marketing Committee to manage TTV-Austin’s social media presence, using organizational tools such as Google Calendar and Hootsuite to post items about our store, Fair Trade, and events
  • Create social media reports and monitor activity and impact of posts
  • Develop and implement creative techniques to increase audience and engagement
  • Create and implement innovative ways to utilize social media as a means to attract potential customers and volunteers, and as an educational tool to inform the public on Fair Trade
  • Attend and cover local Fair Trade events using social media outlets

Customer Service (15%)

  • Spend 1-2 hours a week on our sales floor, engaging customers and familiarizing yourself with TTV products
  • Watch the “New Item Videos” every month
  • Verbally market upcoming events to customers

Marketing (35%)

  • Create and post fliers about major events
  • Create event pages on Facebook, Do512, and other online calendars; promote events through social media
  • Research and write about artisan groups that TTV works with on social media outlets
  • Assist with planning and promoting of Fair Trade events in Austin and surrounding communities
  • Develop partnerships with other entities that enhance our sales, and review pop-up sale opportunities

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, electronic)
  • Enjoys using Social Media – Facebook and Twitter experience essential; Instagram and Pinterest desirable
  • Marketing and/or Customer Service experience preferred
  • Graphic Design experience a plus (not required)
  • Able to take initiative and step outside comfort zone to learn

Internship Perks

  • 20% off all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin (!)
  • Positive, creative, and fun work environment at one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies (*Ethisphere Institute)
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded community members
  • Professional development through Ten Thousand Villages staff evaluations and relevant training sessions

Interested applicants should submit brief letter of interest and resume to the Volunteer Coordinator, Alex Peters, at Internship requires 15 hours per week based in our new location at 4803 Burnet Rd (some hours can be completed remotely) and will begin in early January 2015.


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Open Labs Seeks Spring Interns

December 16, 2014 · No Comments

Open Labs, an Austin-based company that produces software and hardware for professional musicians, is seeking Spring 2015 interns (see descriptions below). Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume ASAP to:

David Miletta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Open Labs
#512.444.6222 x133

Marketing Intern:
Marketing Interns will learn, practice and apply traditional and non-traditional marketing techniques in the music / consumer space.  Interns will develop content, campaigns and other outreaching activities to current and potential customers.  Interns will learn how to create, manage, track and quantify results.  Required time: 10-20/per week.

Social Media Intern:
Social Media Interns will learn, practice and apply traditional and non-traditional social media techniques in the music / consumer space.  Interns will learn how to develop social content for popular social networks such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress and more.  Interns will learn how to brand, create, manage, track and quantify social campaigns.  Required time: 10-20/per week.

Sales Intern:
Sales Interns will learn, practice and apply traditional and non-traditional sales techniques in the music / consumer space.  Interns will reach out to current and potential customers, learn and develop sales programs, incentives and other outreaching activities.  Interns will learn how to communicate with customers, manage their activity and track their purchases.  Required time: 10-20/per week.

Product Testers:
Interns for product testing will test all functions and features of our application and report bugs.  Interns will learn how to properly track and report bugs using industry standard tools such as Unfuddled and Jira.  Testing interns will also be responsible for updating test documentation.   Required time: 5 to 10 hours per week.

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Spring Internship with Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

December 16, 2014 · No Comments

TCADP Spring 2015 Intern Job Description

The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is the only statewide grassroots advocacy organization dedicated solely to ending the death penalty in Texas. TCADP’s Spring 2015 Advocacy Intern will assist with community outreach and public education programs, research and writing, major events, strategic communications, political/legislative research, and administrative support.  He/she will interact with the Executive Director, as well as other volunteers, TCADP Board Members, and community partners.


  • Support for public education and outreach programs, including our bi-monthly luncheons and speaking events
  • Program development and logistics for the TCADP 2015 Annual Conference, which will take place in February 2015 in Austin
  • Research and writing assignments related to TCADP’s blog and newsletters
  • Support for activities related to the 84th Texas Legislature (bill tracking, committee hearings, lobby days)
  • Development of educational materials for print and/or online publication
  • Administrative support, including data entry, resource inventory, and social media updates

Desired skills/experience:

  • Exceptional communication and writing skills (ability to speak and write Spanish is a plus)
  • Experience with grassroots/student organizing and community outreach
  • Experience with online communication/social networking tools (Facebook, blogs, Twitter, etc.)
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Interest in working with a non-profit organization
  • Personal commitment to abolition of the death penalty

 To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to TCADP Executive Director Kristin Houlé at  Visit to learn more about the organization.

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Paradigm Agency Seeking Intern – Apply ASAP

December 15, 2014 · No Comments

Paradigm Agency has an internship opportunity in their music department in Austin (it’s not listed on site, but they have an office in Austin).

If you are a student interested in a career in music and learning the agency business, please send a cover letter/resume ASAP to and denote “referred by UTLA” in the subject or body of the email.

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William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowships for Minority Students (Summer Internship)

December 11, 2014 · No Comments

Title: William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowships for Minority Students (Summer Internship)

Sponsor: Aspen Institute

Deadline: 02/27/2015

Amount: $4,000

 Description: The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually (Spring, Summer, Fall). The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 27. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application. 

More Info:

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Research Position: Eco-Epidemiology of Vector-Borne Diseases and Climate Change

December 11, 2014 · No Comments

We are interested in the ecological, evolutionary, and epidemiological study of vector-borne diseases in North America with a focus on pathogens expanding their ranges in Texas due to climate change. Currently we are studying multiple sand-fly and rodent pathogens with a focus on leishmaniasis. We are also studying the expansion of Plague, Yersinia pestis, in the state.

Our project has extensive field-work, epidemiological surveying, and computational modeling components. We interview humans who have experienced a leishmaniasis infection and then sample rodents and arthropods via field surveys to inform ecological and evolutionary models.

Our immediate needs are for students to help us with the epidemiological interviews, rodent and insect trapping in the field, insect identification, pathogen screening of specimens, and GIS modeling. Student volunteers will gain experience in a variety of areas, including rodent trapping, handling, and specimen sampling; sand-fly trapping, identification, and pathogen screening; GIS and species distribution modeling; epidemiological interviews and case studies. Exceptional volunteers may be offered stipends.


We are looking for students who have successfully completed courses with lab components in biology, public health, and/or chemistry.

Students interested in the epidemiological component of the project should be highly organized, professional, and enjoy working with people. They will also need to be comfortable conducting telephone and in-person interviews and field surveys of rodents/insects (training in these areas will be provided). Preferred qualifications include speaking/writing Spanish and public health and/or epidemiology coursework.

Students interested in the field component should be self-motivated, demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills, and work both independently and cooperatively. They should enjoy the outdoors and understand that a certain amount of discomfort is associated with field work. Preferred qualifications include coursework in entomology, field ecology, mammalogy, and/or vertebrate anatomy.

Students interested in the lab component of sand-fly sample preparation and pathogen screening should be detail oriented, extremely organized, clean, and have basic microscopy skills. Preferred qualifications include entomology, public health, microbiology, and/or immunology laboratory course work.

Students interested in the geographic information systems component of the research should be familiar one of the following software packages or programming languages: ArcMAP, DivaGIS, R, Matlab, and/or Python. Preferred qualifications include GIS, geography, programming, and/or spatial statistics course work.

Project Timeline

This is an ongoing project. We are looking for students with 1 or more years to spend working in the lab. We will accept applications until positions are filled.


Initial tasks will be focused on helping with existing projects and basic lab maintenance. As students become more skilled and have demonstrated commitment and conscientiousness, independent projects will be available in later semesters. In order to have a meaningful experience, we require that students have 10-20hrs per week to spend on the project and are able to attend lab meetings. Students who are interested in helping with weekend fieldwork are especially needed.
Stavana Strutz

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Hospital Communication Research Project

December 11, 2014 · No Comments

Work with Dr. Benham-Hutchins on using network analysis methods to examine how hospital unit communication patterns influence patient outcomes. 

If you’d like more information about this project and research opportunities, please contact Professor Benham-Hutchins at

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Spring 2015 Internships Available with Capital Area Food Bank

December 8, 2014 · No Comments

The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) provides food and grocery products to more than 300 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In Fiscal Year 2011-12, CAFB provided more than 22 million pounds of food. The CAFB service area covers 19,064 square miles in Central Texas. The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger.

CAFB is currently seeking interns for a variety of positions (see below). Refer to their website ( for details about responsibilities, qualifications, and the application process. Please note that all positions are currently open for the spring semester.

Nutrition Education Intern
Community Events Intern
Volunteer Resources Intern
Resource Development Intern

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Spring 2015 Internships Available with GENAustin

December 5, 2014 · No Comments

GENaustin is seeking strong leaders with a passion for girls’ issues to fill unpaid internships with our agency.  Interns must be committed to the mission of GENaustin, be team-oriented, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have reliable transportation.  Internships are for the spring semester with a start date of January 2015.  Internships are from 10-40 hours per week.

Internships are available in the following areas:

Fund Raising – Gaining first-hand experience in the development of a non-profit.

Communications – Contributing to social media, agency blog/website, and external communications.

Direct Service – Contributing to curriculum review and revision, providing on-site support with programming and facilitating groups at elementary and middles schools in Central Texas.

Event Planning – Contributing to marketing/PR efforts for spring and summer camps and Pathfinder program.

Application Due Date
To Apply
To apply, please download the internship application on our website at Please save the completed application and your resume using the following naming system: 1.Application:Firstname_Lastname_Internship_Application.doc 2.Resume: Firstname_Lastname_Resume.doc (Optional) Send completed application material to Please specify which internship you would like to apply for: Fund Raising, Communications, Event Planning and/or Direct Service.

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