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Internships & Applied Learning

100% of students complete an applied learning experience before graduating.

To be prepared for the world ahead, Austin College has designed our curriculum to give you the advantage and blend your classroom experience with applied learning opportunities.  Applied learning includes internships, lab research, and integrated learning experiences such as Model United Nations and study abroad.  This means that you graduate with both a deep knowledge of your subject area and practical experience applying that knowledge in a real-world setting.  

Applied Learning Opportunities

Career-study internships on or off campus.

Integrative learning project such as
$1 million student-managed investment fund.

Research in a lab or library with one of our faculty members.

Center for Career and Professional Development 

The Center for Career and Professional Development is open to students from day one to help you build your confidence and networks. The Center offers assistance with finding internship opportunities in your field through Austin College sponsored programs or any one of numerous non-college related experiences. Internships are an integral way for you to gain insight into the world of work, explore careers, and build your portfolio. These experiences enhance not only your career path, but also your academic path when it comes to choosing a major or considering graduate or professional school. 

Three Phases of an Applied Learning Experience


  • Find a site, build a resume, and apply for opportunities
  • Go on an Interview
  • Work with a Supervisor
  • Set Goals for the experience and learn how to make the most of it. 


  • Work with a supervisor and co-workers
  • Develop job skills
  • Learn about vocational choices within your desired field
  • Gain real-world experience for your resume


  • Engage in active reflection of the experience 
  • Assess your goals and whether they were met
  • Consider implications for future career choices

Austin College Internship Opportunities

It is a misconception that small means limited. Our community offers myriad internship options in all kinds of career fields for students each year. You don't have to go far to find your opportunity.

Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation

Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) program is designed to increase Austin College student engagement in the local community and collaboration with local nonprofit agencies.

Environmental Studies Competitive Internships

The Center for Environmental Studies offers competitive summer internships with outstanding environmental organizations that each offer an opportunity to spend part of the summer with a small but nationally known organization that is a recognized leader in its field.

Global Outreach Fellowship

The Global Outreach Fellowship (GO Fellows) supports students in their efforts to gain experience while helping to bring change to the human condition within the world community.  

Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies

Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies (CSMS) works individually with each student to make a placement that reflects student interests and abilities.

Humanities for All Times Project, “Pathways to a Just Society”

Humanities for All Times Project, “Pathways to a Just Society” provides internships for students’ deeper inquiry into issues of justice and equity and is funded through a $1.344 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Professionalism And The Humanities

The Professionalism And The Humanities (PATH) program directly supports your career development through humanities classes at Austin College.

Science Summer Research Program

Science Summer Research Program offers Austin College undergraduates a 10 week immersive paid research experience in an area of interesting including:  biology, chemistry, mathematics/computer science, neuroscience, physics, or public health students

Scarbrough Summer Research Program

Scarbrough Summer Research Program offers Austin College undergraduates substantive and potentially formative experiences in the humanities and social sciences that increase their understanding of the opportunities and commitments of academic research in a discipline of interest.

Seeking an opportunity beyond the list above? Work with our talented team to design your own Career Study Off Campus (CSOC) in a field that interests you.