The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


Student Opportunities

Student Enrichment

Conducting research in laboratories and learning through the community-engaged course and internship placements provide enriched experiences beyond the classroom.


Students may choose to participate in experiential learning opportunities, making real-world connections to their majors and interests. Students work with the Career Center to secure an internship or externship in a community setting. BBS students have completed internships in a variety of social service, educational, medical, pharmacy, and business settings, including:

  • American Heart Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Autism Treatment Center
  • Baylor Scott and White
  • Chase Bank
  • Children’s Health
  • JCPenney
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Raytheon
  • State Farm
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Walmart
  • YMCA

See the procedures for enrolling in internships.


Community-engaged learning can encompass service-learning, participatory research, and project-based scholarship. It is a reciprocal and creative approach that immerses students in real-world environments with a focus on topical issues. In these classes, students address critical societal issues while helping build 21st-century interpersonal and leadership skills. Courses devoted to sustainable development, tutoring immigrant high school students, and working with families of young children are examples of such community-engaged courses. See the following UT Dallas News Center stories for additional details:

University Honors Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Academic Advisor

Terry Scholars Cook Up Way To Help Restaurants, Feed Hospital Workers

Students Develop Recipe to Help North Texas Food Bank During COVID-19 Outbreak

Students Help Young Immigrants Reach Goals in Service Learning Class

New Service Learning Classes Build Community Connections


Valuable training for graduate and professional school is sought by many students who assist with research activities conducted in BBS research laboratories and centers. Students participate in research across a range of topics, including pain management, cognition and aging; facial recognition; children’s social, cognitive, and language development; mathematical models of machine learning; and family relationships. Students work closely with faculty and doctoral students in all aspects of research, including reading scientific literature, conducting experiments and analyzing data.