Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Students interested in participating in a direct service capacity in a community, business, or government organization that facilitates the economic, political, or social development of the Latina/o community should contact the below organizations directly. Please keep in mind that in order to receive course credit, all internships will need to be approved by the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin.

AVANCE provides services to low income, primarily Latino families with a focus on enhancing parenting skills, promoting long-term educational success for children, and breaking the family’s trans-generational cycle of poverty.  Interns will have the opportunity to work in positions that further the mission of AVANCE.

Free Minds
The Free Minds Project provides Austin-area adults living on low to moderate incomes with a chance to explore their intellectual potential. The program offers a free year-long college course in humanities to adults who have faced barriers to education. Free Minds interns will assist in the recruitment of students, the organization of events, as well as general program support. 

Grassroots Leadership
As interns, students will work with Grassroots Leadership’s Austin office. GL has a number of different initiatives focusing on social justice. Depending on the organization's focus for a given time period, students will work on different types of initiatives.

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
As interns, students will work closely with the President and CEO of the GAHCC in addition to the administrative team in coordinating and executing different chamber events.  

Mexican American Legislative Caucus
As interns, students will work with either the MALC or individual MALC member elected officials. Duties will vary depending on the assignment, but all interns will gain first-hand experience regarding the legislative making process. 

As interns, students will work in one of the five areas below:

  1. Curatorial
  2. Collections
  3. Development
  4. Education
  5. Graphic Design

Progress Texas
Progress Texas, a progressive communications nonprofit, seeks communications interns to provide senior staff support on a range of progressive issues, including but not limited to: LGBT equality, abortion access, pay equity, marijuana policy reform, access to affordable healthcare, voting rights, and accountability in government.

Si Se Puede
SSP Learning Center provides opportunities to children and parents together. We build education, social capital, economic supports, and well-being to establish a pathway to economic security that passes on from one generation to the next. SSP develops adults who are better able to confidently navigate and participate in the community, ensures young children are developmentally on or beyond target when entering school, and builds stronger Central Texas families through education.

Workers Defense Project
Workers Defense Project is a statewide organization winning good jobs for low-wage workers. With a strategic focus on the construction industry, WDP is changing the way business is done to ensure that low-wage and immigrant workers get treated with dignity and respect on the job.  Available internship positions are in the area of communications, community organizing, and strategic project research.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Program
Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students who have completed one year of college by the start of the program. College seniors graduating before the program begins are ineligible.

HACU National Internship Program
Applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. A senior graduating in May is only eligible in the summer program.

Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leaders Program
Selected students will be placed with one of the 38 Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) members and serve as full-time policy interns.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Print and broadcast internship listings can be found at their website.

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Women & Public Policy Internship Semester
Washington, DC generally May - August & September - December.

Research Experience for Undergraduates
REU Summer Institute in Minority Group Demography
Qualifications and Applications:

* Applicants should have completed their sophomore or junior years
* Preference will be given to students with junior standing and/or sociology majors/ honors program participants
*Applicants must submit an application form, resume, college transcripts, and one nominating letter of recommendation from a university faculty member

Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program
The Senate Hispanic Research Council is dedicated to strengthening the next generation of young leaders with this enriching fellowship program. Participants in the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholarships and Fellows Program will gain invaluable experience and exposure to the Texas Senate as full-time legislative aides in the Capitol during the 82nd Legislative Session. Each participant is assigned to the office of a state senator or the Lieutenant Governor to perform a variety of legislative tasks. Complementing the work experience, they will meet with local and state leaders for weekly sessions about leadership and policies that shape communities. In addition, Scholars and Fellows receive a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.

Applicants may be downloaded from the SHRC website at If you would like to learn more about the program or have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Saenz at (512) 499-8606 or email her at

Shell Legislative Internship Program (SLIP)
The Program will select participants, who are residents of (but need not attend college in) the following states: Ariz., Calif., Colo., Fla., Ill., N.Mex., N.Y. and Tex.
Must be an undergraduate junior or senior enrolled in an accredited four-year institution (rising junior or seniors still eligible).
Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of Latino origin.
Must Demonstrate leadership potential and possess a sense of commitment to the Latino community.