IC² Institute’s new Home to Texas program provides undergraduates with paid internships at organizations in rural or remote regions of Texas. The institute partners with UT Austin’s School of Undergraduate Studies to match undergraduate students looking for summer work in their home towns with employers in those locations who are seeking students with fresh and informed perspectives.
Launched in the spring of 2019, the program idea has generated interest from UT Austin alumni across the state. For the first summer, 2019, implementation period, nine students have been placed in four different communities. Following this pilot period, the program is expected to expand rapidly.
During their two- to three-month work experiences, participating students also conduct interviews with people in their communities in order to view their hometowns with new eyes and better understand opportunities and challenges there. Students report back to the IC² Institute on the results of their interviews.
The initiative has been designed to provide a valuable resource to rural or remote communities while encouraging students to consider contributing to these local economies after graduation. Students and employers interested in participating in the summer 2020 program should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.