One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to HDFS students is
independent research within a faculty member’s research group.
HDFS students participate in research on-campus during the academic year and in the summer. Funding may exist to support your research; deadlines for funding vary depending on the fellowship/stipend.
Department of HDFS list of faculty research areas
HDFS Applied or Research Practicum
HDFS Faculty Research Interests
EUREKA - a searchable database of opportunities and faculty research interests at UT
These programs often take place over 8–10 weeks in the summer and many times include a stipend and housing/travel support. They are competitive and require an application. Application deadlines and requirements vary, but are usually due in January or February and require at least one recommendation.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) list of summer programs
Pathways to Sciences list of summer programs in Social Sciences
HDFS Research (University of Houston)
Research Opportunities (PennState)
Resources for Getting Involved and Funding a Research Experience
The purpose of an internship is to gain valuable skills and experience, explore and refine your career interests, and network with professionals in your field. Also, internships allow you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom in a real-world, work environment.
CNS Career Services is your college resource for career exploration and internships.
The Office of Diversity & Student Programs offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations over Zoom for students who would like to discuss strategies for getting involved in experiential learning activities and connecting with CNS and campus resources. Students can contact SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu to learn more. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive.
Study abroad programs provide HDFS majors with access to interesting and relevant courses around the world. Immerse yourself in a new culture while earning credits toward your degree.
The Office of Diversity & Student Programs offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations for CNS students seeking opportunities.
MyCreditAbroad database lists HDFS courses abroad with UT course equivalents
Human Ecology list of Study Abroad Programs
CNS Research and Internships Abroad
UT Study Abroad Semester and Summer Internship Programs
CNS students can engage in entrepreneurial activities both in and out of the classroom. The Office of Diversity & Student Programs offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations for CNS students seeking opportunities.
CNS Inventors Program
Entrepreneurship Resources Across Campus
Bridging Disciplines Programs – Innovation, Creativity & Innovation
If you're interested in "doing science" and are looking for a shorter-term way to be involved, try out a Science Sprint! Science Sprints are one-day intensive, fun events bringing interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem. All CNS majors are welcome.