Community Event Requests

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is happy to participate in various school and community events whenever possible.  

At past events we have:

  • distributed healthy living tips and information,
  • led games and activities to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and 
  • provided public talks or presentations on our various projects and research activities.  

To request Center participation at your event, please fill out the Community Event Request Form, and representatives from the Center will be in touch with you soon.

Internship Opportunities at the Center for Healthy Living

Throughout the year, the Center provides various opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to intern (unpaid) with our ongoing projects and initiatives. Past volunteers have assisted with:

  • data collection (surveys, height/weight measurement, focus groups or interviews) and analysis (quantitative, qualitative, GIS) for our research projects,
  • program implementation (curriculum development and trainings) for our research projects, and
  • preparations for Center events (Lectureship in Child Health, Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony).

We can accept a limited number of unpaid interns each semester based on the number of projects that have opportunities available.  Current opportunities are listed below.  To apply for an internship, complete the Center Intern Application and send with your resume to the contact listed below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until available opportunities are filled.

Please note, non-UTSPH or UT-Austin students must complete additional paperwork and a background check prior to working, and this could take up to 2 months to complete.

Current Opportunities

Project: Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation

Description:  The overall objective of this project is to conduct an evaluation of the implementation and utilization of SNAP-Ed funding in Texas, specifically to determine if the Texas SNAP-Ed plan and initiatives result  in positive changes to short term (readiness and capacity) and medium term (behavioral and policy/systems/environmental) outcomes. Project activities include developing and conducting an evaluation plan to assess short term, medium term, and selected long term indicators for SNAP-Ed goals and objectives.  Interns will assist with data collection activities, including adult surveys, implementing agency interviews, community member/SNAP recipient interviews, and other other assignments as needed.

Time Period: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019

Location: Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-area, Brownsville-area

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nalini Ranjit

Contact:  Carolyn Smith (Study Coordinator) at 


    Project: Safe Routes to School Evaluation

    Description:  The purpose of this project is to evaluate the City of Austin Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure changes. We will conduct annual surveys on how kids arrive at and leave school in selected schools from Austin (infrastructure) and San Antonio (comparison). In addition, we will conduct a three-year quasi-experimental cohort study to evaluate the effects of the initiative through accelerometer and GPS tracking, student, parent and school policy surveys, and interviews. Environmental audits will also be conducted around the school neighborhood. This position would help prepare materials for data collection, assist with data collection in schools, train kids on wearing accelerometer/GPS devices, assist with environmental audits, help with data processing, literature reviews, and presentations.

    Time Period:  Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020

    Location: Austin, San Antonio

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Deanna Hoelscher

    Contact:  Sarah Bentley (Project Coordinator) at 




    Additional questions about internship opportunities should be directed to Kelsey Herron at

    We also have opportunities for community members to volunteer with our Community Collaborative for Child Health. Please see the Collaborative's website for more information on meetings and activities. If you would like to get involved with the Collaborative, please email