Thank you to all who applied for the Summer 2019 program! Applications are being reviewed now through March 11.
The Summer Internship Program in Philanthropy was launched in 2016 as the first system-wide internship program in the nation for students interested in exploring a career in philanthropy.
During this 10-week internship program, students receive a curriculum-based learning experience to gain an understanding of fundraising in higher education. Through hands-on projects and working with development staff, interns become professionally prepared to enter a career in philanthropic programs, which may include fundraising, alumni and donor relations, special events, research, data analysis, or communications.
Please explore more information below about the application process, our previous interns, and their extraordinary work.
"It was a very informative and life changing experience that, if given the opportunity, I'd take again."
- Marco, 2018 Intern at UT Rio Grande Valley
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UTMB and working with UT System throughout the summer! I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in Development, or who like me has never even heard of this field!
- Sarah, 2018 Intern at UTMB Health
“I walked into this internship with a vague understanding of higher education fundraising, and walked out with transferable knowledge and skills that can be applied to any nonprofit setting.”
- Jiana, 2017 Intern at UT Dallas
“The program was a great experience. I enjoyed the freedom and the responsibility that came with the job. I felt like I was treated as an equal, and everyone treated me with respect and warmth.”
- Alexis, 2017 Intern at UT Southwestern
UT institutions seek the brightest and best to join them in their important work. Please be sure to read more about previous projects completed and see what former interns had to say about their experience.
Locations of Internships:
UT Arlington, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin, UT Rio Grande Valley, UT San Antonio, UT Tyler, UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas), UTMB Health (Galveston), UTHealth (Houston), UT Health San Antonio, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston), and UT System (Austin), Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (UT Austin).
To be eligible for a summer intern position, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at one of the 14 UT institutions. The program seeks students with various backgrounds that may include but are not limited to liberal arts, business, finance, sales, marketing, communications, and/or public affairs/policy.
Please contact Cynthia Davis at (512) 499-4779 or send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2018
Click on the project titles below to see documentation for presentations made by previous interns.
Engaging Donors Through Social Media
A sample proposal for a prospective donor
by Mariagrazia Arata, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson
by Michelle Cajero, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson
by Kaylie Perkins, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson
Overview of UT Austin Development,
A Gift Officer's Guide
Alumni Outreach Proposal
My Time at UT System
Pediatric Programs Appeal
Engaging Millenial Alumni
Alumni Data Points
Diversification and Expansion of Corporate Relations
Donor Signage Inventory
Endowed Scholarship Initiative
Development Activity Analysis Report
To learn more facts and read what interns and supervisors have to say about our program, click on the links below.