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Applied Internship Sites

The Applied Internship Program provides students in a number of great Internship opportunities. Listed below you can find information on each site.

Hays-Caldwell Women's Center

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that offers free, short-term (up to six months) counseling and advocacy services to victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and child abuse who reside within the Hays County and Caldwell County area of Central Texas. HCWC also educates the community on the primary prevention of sexual assault and parenting. HCWC is headquartered in San Marcos and has offices throughout our service area.

Day in the Life: Interns may do any of the following tasks: Prepare and clean-up materials for groups; research and plan therapeutic activities; assist Shelter staff with day-to-day functions; help plan special events; partner with parents to coordinate the best care for the child; assist in distributing supplies; answering the help-line calls.


Rehabwithoutwalls is a unique group of interrelated treatment facilities that together form a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals with brain injury and other neurological disorders specializing in neurobehavioral rehabilitation, transitional rehabilitation, and long-term support services. Rehabwithoutwalls is GARF accredited.

Our seven treatment programs create a supportive environment that allows individuals to transition to more independent settings, stop along the way to fully master newly acquired skills, or step back to practice challenging tasks. This continuity ensures that progress is never interrupted and that each person experiences success at his/her own pace. With transitions to more independent settings, higher-level skills are addressed. Individuals may be admitted to any program along the Continuum.

Rehabwithoutwalls is led by a treatment team with over 100 years of combined experience in brain injury rehabilitation. Our functionally based residential settings offer active treatment from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm, seven days a week. The rehabilitation environment includes cognitive rehabilitation (for memory, attention, organization, initiation, planning, and problem-solving skills), behavioral management to include social skills, conflict resolution, and stress/relaxation groups, individual licensed therapies (when indicated), group therapy, psychological counseling, substance abuse counseling/programs (where indicated), medication management and training, and pre¬vocational training/support. Treatment also includes weekly health team rounds (Medical Director and Manager of Medical Services), monthly/quarterly outcome plan review meetings, and family training.

Day in the Life: Interns may do any of the following tasks: Prepare and clean up materials for groups; visit with residents, assist in planning therapeutic activities; assist staff with day-to-day functions; plan innings and outings.

Talent Search

The mission of Rural Talent Search (RTS), a U.S. Department of Education-funded TRIO program, is to encourage students in grades 6 through 12 to graduate from a secondary program and enter a post-secondary program of study. Program staff works with students attending selected schools in Hays and Guadalupe counties. Students are offered college prep workshops, college and career exploration, admissions and financial aid assistance, and academic success assistance to improve their personal development.

Day in the Life: This may include tutoring sessions at the three high schools we serve, the opportunity to attend staff meetings, spending time in the office preparing for tutoring, helping with forms, documents, and other events. When at San Marcos High School you will be meeting with students or learn about the administrative side of things.

Strengthening Relationships/ Strengthening Families

The mission of the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families program is to enhance adolescent parents’ well-being and strengthen their families by assisting pregnant and parenting adolescents in building and maintaining healthy and productive lives and personal relationships. Interns help administer group sessions and case management under the supervision of a trained program facilitator. This internship requires most of the work to be completed onsite; therefore, intervention interns will be assigned to a school and program facilitator prior to the beginning of the school year. Students will then assist the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families Program Facilitator in conducting concurrent 14-week sessions and case management at one of the PEP programs in New Braunfels, San Marcos, Kyle/Buda, or Austin. These sessions will cover topics such as creating realistic expectations about relationships, developing conflict resolution strategies, healthy co-parenting, developing a budget, and making healthy choices for their future. The interns/practicum students will also assist with additional activities as outlined in their internship contract.

We offer Intervention Internships at eight sites across Central Texas: four that take place primarily on Tuesdays & Thursdays and four on Wednesdays & Fridays. Interns will be assigned to one site and expected to be available between regular high school hours on the two days per week that they are assigned to their internship.

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Upward Bound

The Texas State Upward Bound Program provides low-income and first-generation high school students with academic, cultural, and personal support for the purposes of high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and lifelong success.

Day in the Life: An Upward Bound intern may include tutoring sessions at the three high schools we serve, the opportunity to attend staff meetings, Academic Saturdays, and college visits with our students. There is time also spent in the office preparing for tutoring, forms, documents, and other events.

Veteran Academic Success Center

Veteran Academic Success Center (VASC) is a collaborative effort between the university and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide military-connected students* MCS with resources and a peer assistance program (Guides & Tutors) to support academic success. a peer assistance program is a multi-tiered approach including transitional assistance, social support, and academic services. Guides provide transitional assistance through the university sponsorship program, information on VA education benefits, and social support as required. Tutors deliver academic services for difficult content areas such as science, technology, engineering, math, business, Spanish, writing or refer for study skills services and other specialized academic assistance.

Day in the Life: Interns may complete research and lead/assist in initiatives associated with sponsorship/orientation, academic support for low GPA students, outdoor support programs, or outreach programs.

*Military-Connected Students (MCS): active-duty military including Reserves & National Guard, veteran, &/or their spouse and children that are utilizing a VA educational benefits