Cityscape of Helsinki, Finland, with Helsinki Cathedral

Global Career Launch Awards for UT Faculty Help Create Student Internships Abroad

  • Oct 12, 2021
  • Education Abroad

Texas Global is pleased to announce that three UT faculty members will receive grants to execute projects in 2022-23 for Global Career Launch. The projects aim to enhance health, gender and equality in Finland; explore digital transformations in media and democracy in Germany; and implement operations, marketing and research strategies with local businesses in Mexico. Each faculty member is awarded a travel grant and stipend to oversee a cohort of up to 10 students per project. 

Since the February 2020 inception of Global Career Launch, this international internship framework has enabled UT professors to collaborate with peers at institutions around the world while developing hands-on, in-country work for undergraduate and graduate students. Students each receive a grant of up to $4,000 to support these high-impact work and research experiences abroad. 

“Global Career Launch is an innovative, multi-pronged initiative focused on student career engagement,” says Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. “The unique opportunity for students to intern in research labs, cultural organizations, corporations, or government entities stems from the cultivation of academic and professional networks that leverage transnational connections and enhance student mobility around the globe. We are proud of our faculty’s commitment to supporting students as they embark on transformative career-oriented global experiences, and we look forward to expanding the impact of this initiative.”  

2021 Grant Recipients and Projects

Sonia K. González 

College of Natural Sciences  
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology 
Director, Public Health Program 

Dr. González’s research focuses on bridging the health and tech worlds with digital health applied research that is grounded in equity. For Global Career Launch, Dr. González will partner with Scope, a social impact company based in Helsinki, Finland, that focuses on health, gender and equality around the globe. UT students interning at Scope will have the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams to research and develop digital health interventions and services for partners around the world.   

Michael Mosser  

College of Liberal Arts  
Associate Professor of Instruction, Dept. of Government, International Relations and Global Studies Program 
Assistant Director, Center for European Studies 
Distinguished Scholar, Robert Strauss Center for International Security
and Law 

Dr. Mosser’s project for Global Career Launch builds upon a partnership with the European New School of Digital Studies at the University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Germany, to create a cross-university student/faculty relationship that explores the notion of “digital transformation” and how it applies to both European and American contexts. Students will serve as research assistants for New School faculty and as interns with corporations and other organizations that focus on 21st-century digital media, voting and democracy in the greater Berlin area.  

Richard Amato 

McCombs School of Business  
Director, Strategic & Global Initiatives, Austin Technology Incubator 
Professor, Global Connections Entrepreneurship and Sustainability classes 

Professor Amato will collaborate with Thomas Ward, the director of MBA Global Connections at the McCombs School of Business, to build on a partnership with Tejiendo Alianzas, a nongovernmental organization in Oaxaca, Mexico, that helps local businesses thrive in national and international markets. The Global Career Launch project expands upon the MBA Global Connections program to create internship opportunities for undergraduate students in international business, marketing, social impact or entrepreneurship. Students will assist local enterprises in Oaxaca with operations, marketing and research.