Rice Internship Council

The Rice Internship Council (RIC) is a collective of Rice campus partners
united to help educate, connect, and empower students on
any topic related to their internship(s).

Through facilitated interactive discussions of best practices and challenges, the RIC enables the creation of strategies for improvement of internship related work. Peers exchange timely updates including: departmental policies, technological or funding resources, course offerings, initiatives, challenges related to internships.

The RIC provides an opportunity for interested colleagues – faculty and staff – currently representing 85 departments from across the university to cultivate a diverse community of learning and discovery that gathers, reflects, collaborates, and shares common solutions through triannual meetings.

The RIC is an open group for all who coach, mentor, counsel, advise or guide students on any topic related to their internship(s).

To join our next meeting or for more information, contact Ivette Mekdessi at

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The council defines an “internship” as: "A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting."

(Definition provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE))

Sample internship titles include: Student Research Assistant, Student Worker, Marketing Intern, Policy Research Intern, etc.

Members from across the Rice University campus provide insight to centralize and disseminate information about the nuances of different faculty and staff roles related to internships which vary by:

  • Levels of internship facilitation roles
  • Types of internship opportunities offered
  • 18+ internship courses offered
  • 12+ types of internship programs offered
  • Communication strategies and nodes of disseminating information.

Following the RIC meetings, members are able to:

  • Provide data-supported updates
  • Gain best practices and insight from peers across the institution
  • Identify new resources and strategies that can be implemented within your role working with students on internship-related topics

As humans we are hardwired for connection. In addition to meetings, the RIC provides the opportunity to connect asynchronously by:

  • Creating and regularly updating readily accessible digital resources guides
  • Creating the first ever Rice experiential learning survey and report to gain a better understanding of the nuances of different roles and methods of communication, while also providing insight to centralize and disseminate information about internships at Rice
  • Facilitating focus groups on specialized topics of interest including: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Internships, International Students & Internships, Internship/Job Search Options for Students, Internship Management (Development & Administration), Partnerships / Collaborations.

The Rice Internship Council is currently comprised of members from the following departments across Rice University:

Academic Advising for Athletics

Engineering Communications Program

Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities Program

Alumni Relations

Engineering Professional Masters Program

President's Office


Fondren Library

Program for Writing and Communication


George R. Brown School of Engineering

Provost's Office

Baker Institute

Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Psychological Sciences


Health and Wellbeing Office

Psychology Depratment

BioSciences and Natural Sciences

Human Resources

Public Affairs

Boniuk Institute

Information Security Office

Rice 360 Institute for Global Health

Career Development Office, Jones Graduate School of Business

Jones Graduate School of Business

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Center for Academic Professional Communication

Jones Graduate School of Business: Accounting Department

Rice Annual Fund

Center for Career Development

Ken Kennedy Institute

Rice Business - Career Development Office

Center for Civic Leadership

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership

Center for Research Computing

Kinesiology Department

Rice Online Learning

Center for Study of Women Gender & Sexuality

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Risk Management

Chao Center for Asian Studies

Medical Humanities

Risk Management Office

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Moody Center for the Arts

School of Humanities

Chemistry Department

Multicultural Affairs

School of Social Sciences

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Multicultural Community Relations, Public Affairs

School of Social Sciences; Psychological Sciences

Computer Science Department

Natural Science Professional Masters

School of Social Services Professional Master's Program

Counseling and Wellbeing

Office of Academic Advising

Shell Center for Sustainability

Crisis Management

Office of Academic Advising for Athletics

SOAR - Rice Athletics

Dean of Undergraduate's

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Sport Management Department

Development and Alumni Relations

Office of General Counsel

Statistics Department

Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Student Activities

Duncan College

Office of International Students and Scholars

Student Center

Earth Environmental Planetary Sciences

Office of Undergraduate Research & Inquiry

Student Success Initiatives

Earth Science Chair

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

Study Abroad

Educational & Research Initiatives for Collab Health

Physics Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Political Science Department

To join our next meeting or for more information, contact Ivette Mekdessi at