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The Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC) focuses on cutting-edge research to develop life-changing solutions to improve the quality of life of all types of people and to combat common chronic diseases frequently associated with obesity, aging, and physical inactivity. The TORC Internship Program was developed to provide students with a very unique research experience across a variety of disciplines, including: biomedical sciences, health and human performance, public health, nutrition, engineering, and business.

Internship Overview

The TORC Internship Program provides unique research experiences by fostering team work between students and faculty. TORC interns are divided in cohorts where they are encouraged to work together while rotating through different areas of research projects. With guidance, TORC interns can choose to be part of one or multiple areas of a research project, depending on their time and availability. Current project aspects include by EXAMPLE: 1) recruitment and testing of research subjects 2) conducting biochemical lab work (e.g., blood and cellular assays); 3) conducting physiological assessments (e.g., measuring metabolic rate and muscle function); 4) conducting physical health assessments (e.g., resting heart rate, blood pressure, height, weight and percent body fat); and, 5) introduction to proper handling and statistical analysis of the research data. In addition to research activities, the internship also includes seminars, journal club, socials, and an awards night at the end of each semester.

Student Selection

The TORC internship program aims to train undergraduate, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students of any major, from all parts of the country, who can support the mission of our research. We seek highly motivated and hard working students. Part of the selection process includes evaluating the student’s with time availability and who demonstrate interests. A diversity of training includes topics ranging from in biochemical and/or physiological experiments, behavioral interventions, and can learning how to engage and interact with positive impact on with a variety of people. This requires both a personable and professional demeanor. This particular internship is aimed at preparing for many careers when success requires employees to have the ability to communicate effectively and lead others. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement and students can apply as early as their 2nd semester of freshman year. Interns will be scheduled based on their availability and project needs. Hours range from 10 to 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and some weekends. Summer internship hours can be up to 40 hours/week. Shift times are flexible.

The Application Process

Interested applicants for Spring, Summer, Fall internships should submit the following information to We have a rolling application cycle.

  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One page statement of interest that must include reason for applying to the internship and professional goals

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

This is initially an unpaid internship. However, students with superior performance will be eligible to continue for another semester in a paid-TORC internship. The paid internships are based on performance when working on team projects during the first semester and are not heavily biased by GPA. Commitment and a dedication to go the extra mile to advance the mission of TORC will be evident for those who qualify for one of the competitive paid internships.

For questions regarding the internship, please email or contact Ann Pacheco at 713-743-1183.