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Home to Texas – Student Information

Home to Texas is a UT Austin program that returns undergraduates to their hometowns with summer internships and experiences aimed to help them understand the underlying values of their home communities.  Students work full-time for nine weeks for an organization in the community, while also conducting research on community value propositions and reporting findings to UT Austin. Each participating student receives a UT Austin scholarship of $5,000 (counted as income for tax and financial aid purposes).  No separate payment from employers is expected.

The student priority application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021.  After that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, as-needed basis for specific community needs.

Requirements

For the summer of 2021, the application process is open to first-year, or invited second-year, students who will be living within commuting distance of the following communities:

  • Bastrop County (Smithville area)
  • Cameron County (Brownsville area)
  • Fayette County La Grange area)
  • Jefferson and Orange Counties (Beaumont area)
  • Hidalgo County (McAllen area)
  • Kendall County (Boerne area)
  • Maverick County (Eagle Pass area)
  • Midland and Ector Counties (Odessa area)
  • Potter and Randall Counties (Amarillo area)
  • Smith County (Tyler area)
  • Taylor and Jones Counties (Abilene area)
  • Val Verde County (Del Rio area)

Students from all majors are eligible to participate.

Students must commit to nine weeks (Jun 1 – Jul 30) of full-time work for an organization in their hometown.

Home to Texas students also attend an evening event in July in their communities to interact with community leaders and employers.  Dates and venues will be announced in June.

Types of positions

The program seeks to find positions that are interesting, challenging, and impactful.  The program does not guarantee work in a particular field of study.  Students will have an opportunity to review basic information about the assignment before accepting the Home to TexasTM placement.  For the summer of 2021, a variety of placements are expected, including work with public or public-supported organizations (e.g., city government, school districts, airports, utilities, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, etc.) and work for private entities (e.g., large corporations, smaller startup enterprises, not-for-profit organizations in the arts, media, or humanities, etc.).

Research work on your community

In addition to the duties assigned by a specific employer, students will also be enrolled in a UT Austin internship course. This online course is expected to meet on a weekday evening, every other week during the internship period, with a few additional short meetings before and after the internship. Course discussions and assignments will involve research into the students’ home communities, including interviews of community members and reports on findings. Course assignments are to be completed during hours when students are not engaged by local employers.

(Note that this course does not necessarily fulfill colleges’ requirements for research and/or internship experience.  Students should consult their advisors about required courses for each major.)

Tuition for this course will be paid by the IC² Institute.

How to apply

Complete the Student Application Form here.  Applications are for the program in general, not for a specific position or organization within a community.  The student priority application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021.  After that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, as-needed basis for specific community needs. Selected finalists may be asked to participate in a brief Zoom interview with the selection committee in February 2021.

Questions?

Send an email to hometotexas@austin.utexas.edu and check our site for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers.