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.
Sophomore Public Policy BDP student Lindsey Pearlstein spent a semester interning with the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). The experience helped Lindsey build skills in policymaking and research, and it allowed her to expand her knowledge of and interest in policy outside the realm of education and into the world of law and criminal justice. While with the TCADP, Lindsey was able to contribute to a case that resulted in the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted man.
Lloyd Farley, completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, spent his summer in Marrakech, Morocco as an intern for the High Atlas Foundation, focusing on sustainable, local agriculture and community-led development.
Sunny Sandhu, pursuing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, interned with University Health Services as the Sustainability Coordinator, developing and implementing a new sustainable waste model.
Marketing major and Media, Culture & Identities student Madison Benvegnu analyzed representations of villains in animated Disney films, which led her to an exploration of the presentations of overarching themes of right and wrong and the need for villains in a story.
Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP student and Social Work major Madison Kirk worked as an intern for Lifeworks, where she learned strategies for mediating interpersonal conflict and practiced advocating for clients in order to promote self-sufficiency.
Maheen Shakil, who is pursuing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, spent the summer of 2017 in New York at the NYU Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies, where she assisted in HIV research. This experience opened her eyes to interacting with research participants—not just data—and reignited her passion for research work.
Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Major Ellis interned at Austin technology startup accelerator and co-working space Capital Factory, where he worked to identify local early-stage companies. After graduation, Major plans to launch his own entrepreneurial endeavor. He now feels connected to key players in the Austin startup scene and better equipped to deliver solid pitches to potential investors.
Museum Studies BDP student Mallory Miller interned at The Alamo historic site where she transcribed and translated correspondence between Mexican military officials. She learned about many aspects of preserving and managing historic sites and collections.
As an intern with Oceans Research in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Maria Iuliano assisted with a number of research projects, including a study of White Sharks. Maria, a Marine Science major completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, collected and organized data identifying individual sharks for a population study.
Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student Maria Roque gained hands-on experience with her BDP topic through her internship with the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Maria contributed to LIVESTRONG’s mission to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors, and she refined her ideas about her future career goals.