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Click on a student’s name or picture to learn more about their experiences with the Bridging Disciplines Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies. To view student success stories from other UGS programs, visit the student success page.

Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Biology

Suparna spent the semester interning with AIDS Services of Austin, more specifically with the organization’s Women Rising Project as part of her Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP...

“This internship showed me the large economic disparity that exists in our country, especially when it comes to health care.”

Selina Bonilla
Journalism

Journalism major Selina Bonilla employed her writing skills and her passion for helping others during her internship with Latinitas, an organization that seeks to empower young Latinas through creative media and technology. Selina deepened her understanding of non-profit administration and...

“The internship also helped me realize that my skills as a journalist are not limited to news and reporting and that they can help me communicate messages more profound than a breaking story.”

Nina Ho
Advertising, French

Budding social entrepreneur Nina Ho, a rising junior in the Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP, spent a summer interning with the Austin-based non-profit 3 Day Startup.

“The best part of my Connecting Experience was the ability to do challenging work, be surrounded by talented people who care about impact, and work in a fun environment.”

Casey Locey
Social Work, Psychology

Children & Society BDP student Casey Locey interned with SafePlace, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.

“This internship showed me ways to support children and taught me intervention perspectives based on developmental psychology and strengths-based social work models.”

Maria Roque
Journalism

Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student Maria Roque gained hands-on experience with her BDP topic through her internship with the LIVESTRONG...

“The most rewarding aspects of my work at LIVESTRONG were the opportunities I had to see how my work affected real people.”

Clarissa Riojas
English, Mexican American Studies

Clarissa Riojas is a Children & Society BDP student who spent the fall 2013 semester interning with the Texas Center for Education Policy. She helped organize a conference to address the need for more Latino children’s literature...

“It was inspiring to see how collaboration between a group of powerful and passionate individuals helped to create change in the community.”

René Castro
Theatre & Dance, Journalism

Inspired by a book he stumbled upon at a book fair, senior René Castro spent his summer conducting research on the experiences of journalists covering conflict in Mexico. Through firsthand interviews, René learned about the complexities of the challenges facing Mexico today. René will graduate...

“I am now leaning towards going to law school to focus on international humanitarian law. Before joining the BDP and doing this Connecting Experience, I would never have dreamed of doing such a thing…”