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Longhorn Impact Fellowship at Texas McCombs

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Longhorn Impact Fellowship at Texas McCombs

What is LIFT?

The Longhorn Impact Fellowship at Texas McCombs, or LIFT, pairs student consultants (Fellows) with sustainable corporations, social enterprises, and nonprofits to solve an impact focused problem. Projects are completed in 10-12 weeks, and must be related to sustainability, corporate philanthropy, impact/ESG investing, or social and environmental innovation. Past projects created impact measurement tools for a corporate foundation, examined new markets for a social business’ entry, and examined the sustainability of funding sources. LIFT is selective and is open only to UT-Austin juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Past Fellows majored in Business Honors, Plan II Honors, Public Affairs, Biology, and more!

Program Goals

  • Build a community of socially and environmentally conscious innovators
  • Develop ubiquitous skills such as change management, market research, systems thinking, impact measurement, and more
  • Support students’ career exploration in consulting and impact work through experiential learning and mentorship
  • Generate interdisciplinary connections
  • Elevate the impact community’s work through needed support

LIFT Clients Include:

    • ENGIE – Fall 2020
    • NI (formally National Instruments) – Fall 2020
    • Lifeworks – Fall 2020
    • Un.Inc – Fall 2020
    • inLieu LLC – Fall 2020
    • JUST – Fall 2020
    • Capital Impact Partners – Fall 2020
    • Habitat for Humanity Texas – Fall 2020
    • Dell Technologies -  Spring 2020
    • Alamo Drafthouse - Spring 2020
    • BBVA Momentum - Spring 2020
    • Asian Impact - Spring 2020
    • NGOragnize - Spring 2020
    • Lifeworks - Fall 2019
    • Me and the Bees Lemonade - Fall 2019
    • Jump Finance - Fall 2019
    • TribesForGOOD - Fall 2019
    • The Press Forward - Fall 2019

Corporations, Nonprofits, and Social Enterprises:

Could your organization benefit from qualified student support in solving an impact-focused problem? Check out our LIFT application! Client applications for Spring 2021 are now open and will close on November 15th. Clients will be notified by November 17th if they have been accepted to the program, and will select their students by the holidays. Have questions? Email our Program Manager, Madison Gove, at


LIFT is closed for the Fall semester, but will open applications for Spring 2021 in late November. Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, you can watch an information session here. Selected Fellows may apply for an independent study course credit depending on their department. All UT-Austin juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Events and Application:

Spring 2021 Client Applications – Due 11/15

Spring 2021 Student Applications – Open Late November 2020

2019-2020 LIFT Impact


Fall 2020 LIFT Fellows

Achmad Khomaini Headshot

Achmad Khomaini

Energy and Earth Resources

Ana Truong Headshot

Ana Truong

Management Information Systems

Andrew Hourigan Headshot

Andrew Hourigan

Science and Technology Management

Ashlee Silver Headshot

Ashlee Silver

Social Work

Bella Villanueva Headshot

Bella Villanueva

Public Relations

Branch Archer

Branch Archer

Environmental Engineering and Plan II

Brooke Reaves Headshot

Brooke Reaves

Business Honors, Plan II Honors, Economics Honors

Chinyere Okoh Headshot

Chinyere Okoh

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Connor Oglesby Headshot

Connor Oglesby


Cristina O'Hanlon Headshot

Cristina O'Hanlon

Civil Engineering & Sustainability Studies

Dean Lawler Headshot

Dean Lawler


Diego Allison Headshot

Diego Allison

BFA Design

Gabrielle Wongso

Gabrielle Wongso

RTF and Journalism

Ashkay Singh headshot

Himadri Gehlot

Public Health

Jessica Zhang Headshot

Jessica Zhang

Business Honors

Joseph Blatt headshot

Joey Blatt


Jose Huerta Headshot

Jose Huerta

International Relations

Katherine Shumaker Headshot

Katherine Shumaker

Communication and Leadership

Katie Clack Headshot

Katie Clack

MIS, French

Mackenzie Schnell Headshot

Mackenzie Schnell

MBA Operations/MA Organizational Communication

Maizie Fernandes Headshot

Maizie A. Fernandes

Public Health

Nachiket Vamshidhar Headshot

Nachiket Vamshidhar

Business Honors and Accounting

Parvathy Vasudev

Parvathy Vasudev


Rachel Schlesinger

Rachel Schlesinger

Plan II, Management Information Systems

Richard Zhang

Richard Zhang


Riya Chopra

Riya Chopra

Management Information Systems

Sana Hameed Headshot

Sana Hameed

Management Information Systems

Shreya Kabra Headshot

Shreya Kabra

Supply Chain Management and Sustainability Studies

Stepha Dragoon

Stepha Dragoon

Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Social Work Dual Degree

Victoria Arenas Headshot

Victoria Arenas

International Relations and Global Studies

Vincent Lin Headshot

Vincent Lin


Wendy Zhang Headshot

Wendy Zhang

Civil Engineering

Zaid A Basit Headshot

Zaid A Basit

Finance, Economics, Government