Student internships


International internships for UT students, summer 2017


Business and innovation internships in India, Poland, and Korea, for up to 6 students

Internship overview:  IC² Institute of The University of Texas at Austin is sponsoring an internship program in coordination with its programs in India, Poland, and Korea.  Students will work part-time at IC² Institute offices for ten weeks (Jun 5 – Aug 11), and will spend two weeks (Aug 12-27*) at IC² Institute partner offices in either India, Poland, or Korea.  Training and mentoring will be provided by IC² Institute managers.  Assignments will be related to assisting innovative businesses access international markets.  Interested students should apply for the general internship opportunity and should rank their preferences for being placed in India, Poland, or Korea.  Foreign language skills are not required.  More information is provided below.

*The Poland trip dates have been changed to June 24 – July 8.

IC² Institute is a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, focusing on entrepreneurial wealth creation.  Its international programs are designed to help various regions around the world prosper through commercialization of innovation and the establishment, sustainability, and growth of innovative new businesses.  IC² Institute international managers provide training and assistance to entrepreneurs outside of the US and to organizations supporting entrepreneurs.  Additionally, IC² Institute evaluates the impact of its training and assistance and seeks to discover and share information about best practices for economic development through technology commercialization.


June 5 – August 11:  Students will be hourly employees of The University of Texas at Austin with the title student associate and an hourly rate between $10 and $15/hour depending on number of years of university work completed (1 year $10/hour; 2-3 years $11/hour; 4 years, $15/hour).

August 12-27*:  This period of the internship is unpaid.  However, the following travel expenses will be covered:  Round-trip airfare from Austin to country of placement and return to Austin, in-country transportation (e.g., train, bus) to and from destination city, and hotel accommodations.  (For travel to India, the cost of a tourist visa will also be covered.  There are no visa expenses for US citizens for travel to Poland or Korea.)    *June 24 to July 8 for the Poland trip.


June 5 – August 11:  Students will work 10 hours each week.  A work schedule will be set with each student upon hire.  Students will need to work at least 3 days each week and work at least 2 hours each shift. Work must occur between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

August 12-27:  August 12-13 will be travel days.  During the period August 14-18, students will work 8 hours/day at partner offices.  No work will be expected of students on the weekend of August 19-20.  During the period August 21-25, students will work 8 hours/day at partner offices.  August 26-27 will be travel days.

Training provided to the interns:

Students will be enrolled, at no cost, in two IC² Institute online courses, Innovation Readiness, and Quicklook® Technology Assessments.   As the students take the online courses, during work hours at IC² Institute offices, they will be mentored by IC² Institute managers.  The month of June will be primarily taken up with training and mentoring.

Following completion of online training, students will continue to be mentored by IC² Institute managers as they complete assignments.

Job functions:

  • Under the supervision of a manager, conduct research into market opportunities for assigned international businesses. Research may include internet searches, calls to potential customers or partners, and organization and compilation of relevant information.
  • Under the supervision of a manager, carry out communications with in-region partners and clients.
  • Create written reports and briefings.
  • Collect data on IC² Institute program impact and/or impact of other interventions. Organize and document data according to instructions from IC² Institute managers.
  • While in-country, carry out specific assignments related to that program’s goals. Examples may include working with local businesses on marketing materials, organizing program outreach and communications, interviewing stakeholders, and gathering information on outcomes of programs.  Remain in regular communication with IC² Institute managers in Austin.
  • Before the end of the internship, prepare 2 documents:  (1) a reflective essay on the 2-week experience in another country; and (2) a proposal for future research—related to the country and work—which need not be carried out by the intern in the future.



  • Placement cities during international travel period:

India:  Interns will be placed in either New Delhi at a business incubator associated with the US embassy or in Tirupati at  the XLr8AP Accelerator.

Poland:  Interns will work with representatives of the Innovation Center at the University of Łódź.

Korea:  Interns will work with IC² Institute partners at KAIST in the city of Daejeon

  • Selected students will be required to attend an information/preparation session offered by the UT International Office before they begin travel, and will be required to purchase overseas insurance ($19/week) to cover their two-week travel period.
  • Selected students will be expected to have and maintain, at their own expense, passports valid for travel.
  • Selected students will be expected to work on their own laptop computers while in Austin and while traveling.
  • Students who successfully complete the internship may have the option to work part-time at IC² Institute in the fall semester, or to engage in academic/thesis research at IC² Institute.

How to apply:

Interested students should email an up-to-date resume and application letter to

Debra Dzwonczyk

Assistant Director, Global Commercialization Group

IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

The letter should describe the student’s interest in international business and commercialization of innovation and any other relevant career interests.  The letter should also describe relevant coursework, studies, or experience.  Finally, the letter should note the student’s preference for region assignment (India, Poland, Korea) and note second- and third-choices for region assignment.  If a student is unwilling to travel to a particular region, that should also be noted.

Please note that this internship can be offered only to students of The University of Texas at Austin.

Timeline for application and selection process:

February 24:  Deadline to email resumes and application letters.

February 28-March 2:  Interviews of applicants.  Note:  During the interview, each student will be required to produce a writing sample in response to a prompt provided during the interview time.

March 10:  Notification to students accepted or wait-listed for the internship.

March 20:  Students’ acceptance letters due.


January 27 update:  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates for international travel for the two students chosen to work with Poland will be changed to June 24 to July 8.  Please note that this travel will conflict with UT first-term summer classes, and student applicants should be aware of this conflict when noting location preferences.