Learn by Doing

How you learn at The University of Texas at Austin extends far beyond the classroom—into undergraduate research, internships, experiences abroad, volunteer efforts, projects and intensives.

What we mean by experiential learning

Students come to UT to dive into a process of learning by doing and reflecting on their experiences. The college’s Office of Experiential Learning is here to help you step outside your comfort zone and take your learning experiences to the next level. 

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Find more options to gain experience from college Career Services


  • Get into Undergraduate Research

    Students at UT Austin get to practice something altogether new when they enter a research lab. The University of Texas at Austin is ranked among the top institutions in the country for undergraduate research, including in our award-winning Freshman Research Initiative.

  • Get International or Entrepreneurial Experience

    Hundreds of options to fit your academic and personal interests are available in Texas Science. Overseas, that might include a summer in a research lab on another continent or taking courses at a university in a country where you have never been. You also can engage in faculty-led summer- or May-term programs and projects, tackle an entrepreneurial offering or work with a partner in the private, public or nonprofit sector to develop something new in our one-of-a-kind Inventors Program.

  • Get Involved in an Internship or Outreach

    Taking on an internship can enhance your preparation for the future. So can get getting involved in the community. With UTeach Outreach, students take courses (CH 207K and CH371K) and gain opportunities to collaborate with peers, further engage with their content experiences and inspire K-12 students to take an active interest in STEM. Students take ownership of their learning and positively impact the local community by leading after-school STEM clubs, presenting electrical engineering and computer science challenges, supporting community events and more.

Get in Touch

Are you a current student ready to find the right experience for you? The Office of Experiential Learning is here to help you find out about international study and research opportunities, opportunities to do undergraduate research in faculty labs and for the annual Undergraduate Research Forum, internships and more. Email us to schedule a consultation.


Meet the Team

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Kara Helmke Rogers

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Senior Director for Experiential Learning
  • Freshman Research Initiative
  • College of Natural Sciences

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Maggie Rigney

  • Program Manager for Experiential Learning
  • Career Services
  • College of Natural Sciences
Telephone Number:+1 (512) 471-6700
Building: PAI
Room Number:5.03
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Lauren DePue

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • Director of Freshman Research Initiative
  • Freshman Research Initiative
  • College of Natural Sciences
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Timothy Riedel

  • Director of UT Inventors Program
  • Freshman Research Initiative
  • College of Natural Sciences
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Timothy Myers

  • Senior Academic Program Coordinator
  • College of Natural Sciences