In addition to promoting research, IC² is also a “do” tank that creates programs to have a positive impact on the world.
As the first initiative in this new direction, the institute is partnering with UT’s School of Undergraduate Studies to create the new Home to Texas program, which will provide undergraduates with paid internships with organizations in small cities or rural communities in Texas while having the students engage in experiences to view these communities with new eyes.
The students will spend approximately 8 weeks dedicating their energy, intelligence and skills as an intern in their hometown. Additionally, they will be conducting interviews to get to know their hometown better, and understand the value proposition their hometown offers.
This student engagement will provide a valuable resource to organizations while also allowing students to consider contributing to the economy in rural and remote regions after graduation.
The participating students are listed below:
Back Row (Left to Right):
- Alfredo Huitron – McAllen
- Sean Hart – Brenham
- Joshua Bestor – McAllen
Front Row (Left to Right):
- Victor Torres – McAllen
- Alyssa Garcia – McAllen
- Shaena Reyes – McAllen
- Ming Schneider – Amarillo
- Wendy Montano – McAllen
- Jasmine Bunagan – McAllen (Not Pictured)