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Summer Internship Program in Philanthropy

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Previous Interns    

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

How to Apply

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.

Key dates: Application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 by 11:59pm CST; Applicants notified of final decision by Monday, March 11; Internship Program: May 28 - Aug 2
Key dates: Application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 by 11:59pm CST; Applicants notified of final decision by Monday, March 11; Internship Program: May 28 - Aug 2


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

Group photo of CEP interns

Class of 2018

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Click on the project titles below to see documentation for presentations made by previous interns.

Engaging Donors Through Social Media
by Rebecca Reyes, 2018 Intern at UT Arlington


Contribution to Alma Mater

A sample proposal for a prospective donor
by Nazia Sharmin, 2018 Intern at UT El Paso


Anderson Assembly
A review of the philanthropic recognition

by Mariagrazia Arata, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson


Direct Marketing
Website Audit and Analysis of Competing Institutions

by Michelle Cajero, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson


Development Writers
Internship Experience
by Lynn Huynh, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson


Boot Walk External Recruitment Pipeline

by Kaylie Perkins, 2018 Intern at UT MD Anderson


Overview of UT Austin Development,
An onboarding primer for new development staff
by Lauren Pardue, 2017 Intern at UT Austin


A Gift Officer's Guide 
A quick resource guide on giving opportunities from several colleges, schools and units
by Madison Tumey, 2017 Intern at UT Austin


Alumni Outreach Proposal
A report to increase alumni involvement and impact
by Lauren Tysor, 2017 Intern at UT Tyler


My Time at UT System
A summary of the internship program
by Sarah Justus, 2017 Intern at UT System


Pediatric Programs Appeal
A communications mailing, appeal, and thank you note
by Emily Koch, 2017 Intern at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center


Engaging Millenial Alumni
A communications and digital marketing approach
by Jiana Khazma, 2017 Intern at UT Dallas


Alumni Data Points
Tailoring data for targeted philanthropic giving
by Brooke Lopez, 2017 Intern at UT Dallas

Diversification and Expansion of Corporate Relations
An overview of research, data analysis and strategy
by Malvi Mehta, 2017 Intern at UT Dallas

Donor Signage Inventory
Project plan to record existing donor recognition
by Praneeka Muthu Raman, 2017 Intern at UTHealth

Endowed Scholarship Initiative
Comprehensive giving campaign plan
by Patrick Reyes, 2017 Intern at UT Arlington

A new approach for Annual Giving programs
by Patrick Reyes, 2016 Intern at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Development Activity Analysis Report
Analysis of donor data and fundraising staff assignments
by Sally Sun, Intern at 2016 UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Recognition Newsletter
A report on Stewardship and Donor Relations in Philanthropy
by Aleena Tholanikunnal, 2016 Intern at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Previous Interns

To learn more facts and read what interns and supervisors have to say about our program, click on the links below.

By the Numbers - 2018

By the Numbers - 2017

By the Numbers - 2016



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