The Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship Program

UT Austin Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium
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Founded in 1997, the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Consortium offers a distinctive vision of education attractive to Latinos and other students underrepresented in higher education. Offering the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship program, they use a unique methodology for expanding the graduate applicant pool of traditionally underrepresented students while improving undergraduate education for all students. 

Program Description

The IE Pre-Grad Internship offers academic credit to students who participate and work closely with graduate student mentors and faculty supervisors to create an internship experience aimed at exploring and choosing their field of study. Participants learn about the unique aspects of graduate study that distinguish it from the undergraduate experience like conducting research, writing for scholarly audiences, participating in seminars, serving as teaching and research assistants, publishing articles in professional journals, becoming members of scholarly organizations and learned societies, preparing for an academic or professional career, and more.



  • Of the students who participate in the program, 31.5% of them are Latino, and of those students, 61% of them are first-generation college students. 
  • Approximately 50% of students who graduate from the program continue to a graduate program