Getting Started

CONNECT and GET STARTED on your Social Science journey at Rice.

Want to meet other Social Science students, faculty, and alumni? Learn social scientific research skills? Gain insight into the fields of Social Science and the opportunities they offer? Get involved in research?


Ready to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom? Examine issues in an international context? Be part of the policy-making process in Austin? Participate in research with faculty on important social issues? Develop professional skills and relationships? Explore potential career paths?

  • Apply and expand on what you’re learning in the classroom through a Faculty-led International Program (FLIP) that will foster your critical thinking, problem solving, and cultural competency skills.
  • Gain workplace experience, develop professional skills, build relationships with experts and practitioners in the field, explore career paths, and develop your own professional portfolio through one of our Professional Practica:
    • Banking and Finance Practicum
    • Consulting Practicum
    • Community Health Practicum (*New* Spring 2024)
    • Public Service Practicum (AY 24-25)
  • Spend a spring semester in Texas’ capital city of Austin working with a state lawmaker on public policy as a Texas Legislative Intern during one of the biennial Texas Legislative sessions.

TAKE the LEAD and get ready for YOUR NEXT STEPS

Ready to forge your own path? Need support to pursue your independent research or professional opportunities? Want to share your research with other scholars? Preparing for graduate or professional school?

  • Internships provide real-world experience and help you build professional relationships and explore your career interests, but many are unpaid. Gateway Summer Fellowships provide financial support for full-time, uncompensated internships in the US or overseas.
  • Presenting your research at an academic or professional conference will improve your communication skills, demonstrate your intellectual independence, connect you with others working in your field of interest, and help prepare you for graduate school or professional life. Gateway Research Travel Grants are available to support undergraduate Social Science student presenters.