Home to TexasTM 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 31, 2020. After that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, as-needed basis.
For the summer of 2020, first-year students who are residents of the following communities may apply:
- Cameron County (Brownsville area)
- Fayette, Lee, and Bastrop Counties
- Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties (Beaumont area)
- Hidalgo County (McAllen area)
- Kendall County (Boerne area)
- Midland and Ector Counties (Midland-Odessa area)
- Potter and Randall Counties (Amarillo area)
- Smith County (Tyler area)
- Val Verde County (Del Rio area)
- Washington County (Brenham area)
Students applying for a Home to TexasTM internship must be in their first year of undergraduate study at UT Austin. Occasionally, second-year students will also be invited to apply.
Students from all majors are eligible to participate.
Students must commit to nine weeks (Jun 1 – Jul 31) of full-time work for an organization in their hometown.
In addition to duties for their internship organization, Home to TexasTM students also will be required to attend two pre-internship on-campus meetings, at least four video-calls throughout the summer, and at least two post-internship on-campus meetings.
During the internship period, Home to TexasTM students will conduct at least twelve interviews of community members and report their findings to the IC² Institute. Prior to the internship start date, information will be provided on the format for these interviews and reports.
Home to TexasTM 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 2020, 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
During their summer experience, Home to TexasTM students interview community and civic leaders, connect with the local UT Austin alumni network, and report on what they have learned. Interview questions relate to community members thoughts on the value of the community. Typically, students summarize their interviews in about two short paragraphs. They also periodically take part in group video calls to discuss interviews. These sessions are normally scheduled at 5:00 pm or 5:30 pm after regular work hours.
The IC² Institute provides Home to TexasTM students with training in conducting interviews prior to the start of the summer internship. Home to Texas students will be enrolled in a summer research course (tuition paid by IC² Institute) with online resources, so that they have the support they need to carry out meaningful research in their communities. (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.)
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 31, 2020. After that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, as-needed basis.