Volunteer, Internship, and Career Opportunities
On-Campus Resources and Opportunities
Texas State Career Services
The Texas State Career Services office offers a variety of essential services to assist enrolled students and Texas State alumni. Some of the many services provided include:
- Individual career counseling
- Assessment inventories
- Information on majors
- Career resource library
- Job shadowing, Internships
- Part-time Jobs
- Resume and Cover Letter Critiques
- Practice Interviews
Junior and seniors can sign up for on campus interviewing using Jobs4Cats which also allows eligible students to view part-time jobs, internships, co-ops, summer jobs and full-time employment opportunities.
Career Services also hosts career and job fairs throughout the year. For more information visit the Career Services website. Students with disabilities who may need assistance with any of the services offered by Career Services can contact Dr. Greg Hill at 512.245.2645.
Workforce Recruitment Program
A representative from the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) visits Texas State early each spring semester to interview students with disabilities for paid summer internships and permanent positions with the federal government. Students must sign up for an interview time at Career Services, 5-7.1, LBJ Student Center, and have a current resume on file with the Career Services office.
There are a limited number of interview times available each year therefore it is important to sign up early. To submit your resume for the WRP visit the Career Services Jobs4Cats website.
Off-Campus Resources and Opportunities
Pathways Program: From Students and Recent Graduate to Federal Careers
The goal of the Pathways Program is to improve recruiting efforts, offer clear paths to federal internships and careers for students and recent graduates, and to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for students interested in federal employment.
The Internship Program is for current students. If you’re a current student in high school, college, trade school, or other qualifying educational institution, you may be eligible. This program offers paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore federal careers while completing your education.
Learn more about the Pathways Internship Program through the U.S. Department of State: Careers Representing America website.
The Emerging Leaders summer internship program for college students with disabilities offers paid summer internships at many of America's leading corporations like JP Morgan Chase, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Barclay's Capital, and Liz Claiborne. These companies are members of the Center's National Business & Disability Council and are proactive in recruiting qualified people with disabilities. To be considered for an internship, you must be a current student, undergraduate or graduate, and be maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
More information can be found on the Emerging Leaders web site.
ENTRY POINT! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering internship opportunities for students with disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business. The ENTRY POINT! program includes opportunities in private industry and government agencies. Students with disabilities can apply their skills in a real-world setting in competitive summer internships. The internships offer mentoring and assistive technology, facilitating the entry and advancement of individuals with significant disabilities into competitive employment and research at all levels. In addition, part of the experience is re-locating for ten weeks to another part of the country.
To find out more or to apply visit this website.
Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)
This resource help employers recruit, hire, retain, and advance individuals with disabilities. Please check out another resource by EARN that discusses interview tips.
Special Olympics - San Marcos
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. To volunteer in San Marcos, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512.835.9873.
Volunteers of America - Austin, Texas
Volunteers of America is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations in America and helping volunteers reach their full potential. For more information on volunteering, contact Shawn Ewing (Volunteer Manager) via email at email@example.com or phone at 469.225.3385.
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Central Texas
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. To apply and potentially become a Big, please complete the Big Brothers, Big Sisters online application. A zip code is required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512.472.5437.
Hays County Food Bank
Hays County Food Bank is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education, and advocacy in the Hays County area. Volunteer information can be found here. For volunteering questions, please call 512.392.8300.