What the Houston Program Can Do for You

The Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (“Houston Program”) is designed to provide Amherst students with substantive, meaningful, paid summer internship opportunities in various industries across the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to providing students with quality internships, the Houston Program offers students 360° support throughout the entire internship cycle, including preparatory advising, professional skill development, and assistance throughout their summer experiences. Through this process, students will develop valuable and transferable skills, expand their networks, and gain exposure and insight to further their career exploration and planning.

Benefits of becoming a member:

  • A broad range of summer internship opportunities hosted by Amherst alumni, parents, and friends of the College that are designed to challenge students to expand their skill sets, discover new talents and interests, and cultivate new professional relationships.
  • Workshops and programming that walk students through how to land their ideal internships and best utilize their summers to further their career goals.
  • Dedicated staff members available to offer one-on-one advising and support throughout the school year and summer.
  • Structured performance feedback from summer internship supervisors.
  • Access to Loeb Center internship funding as well as additional internship-related tips, advice, and student success stories.

How does it work?

All Houston Program internships can be found on Handshake. In order to be able to apply to these opportunities, students must complete the requirements to enroll in the program.

Prior Members of THE HOUSTON PROGRAM

If you were enrolled in the Houston Program during the 2019 - 2020 academic year, you will need to do the following to re-enroll in the program this year:

First Time Program Enrollment
  1. Attend or watch at least ONE of the Internship Preparation Workshops listed below. For the LIVE workshops you must RSVP in Handshake prior to attending.  In order to receive credit for watching one of the pre-recorded workshops, you must complete the questionnaire associated with that workshop.
  2. Have a resume reviewed and approved for use in Handshake by either a Peer Career Advisor (PCA) or career advisor in the Loeb Center. Students with already-approved resumes in Handshake do not need to resubmit. Read about the Loeb Center resume approval process.
  3. Complete the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Application in Handshake.
  4. Read and sign the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Expectations. This will be emailed to you within 2 business days after you’ve submitted the program application. 
Eligibility

Students interested in enrolling in Houston Program must:

  • Be a first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior who will be graduating in December 2021.
  • Be enrolled at the College during both the semesters prior to  and after their summer internships. Students who are studying abroad are eligible to participate in the program.

Students who are studying abroad are eligible to participate in the program, but must contact the Loeb Center to make other arrangements for fulfilling the requirements to enroll.

Applying for Internships

Once you become a Houston Program Member, you will be able to apply for Houston-designated internships through Handshake. Positions will begin to accept applications towards the end of fall semester, and new positions will continue to be posted to Handshake throughout the spring.

Each internship host has identified a deadline for when prospective interns must submit resumes, cover letters and other application materials. Please make sure to read the posting carefully for both the deadline and application instructions. 

You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with a Loeb Center advisor for assistance with preparing your application.

How to search for Houston Internships

  • Start by logging in to Handshake.
  • Click on Jobs in the top menu bar.
  • From here, go to Filters and scroll down to the bottom of the page to 'Labeled by your School' and type "houston program 20-21"
  • Remember to save this search! Click the 'save your search' link on the left side of the page.
RECEIVING A STIPEND FOR YOUR HOUSTON INTERNSHIP

No matter which Houston Program internship you accept an offer to complete, you won’t have to worry about finding funding to help support yourself. Many of the Houston Program internships come with wages paid by the internship host.  If your internship does not come with a wage, you will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 from the College to help facilitate your participation in the internship.

Are you a Houston Program Member who found an internship outside of the Houston Program?  You may be eligible for a stipend.  Please visit the summer funding web page for more information.

Accepting an Offer

After you accept an offer to complete a Houston internship, you must report your acceptance to the Loeb Center.  Please send an email to internships@amherst.edu to report.  You will receive additional instructions regarding the steps you will need to complete before starting your internship.

Final Reports & Performance Evaluation

Internships not only give you the opportunity to gain work experience; they also provide you with insight into how you can grow as a professional.  Every student who completes a Houston internship will be asked to complete a final report at the end of their internship and will receive a performance evaluation from their internship supervisors.  

Evaluations are kept confidentially in the Loeb Center.  Students may request to access evaluations at any point during the school year following their summer internships.

For any questions about the Houston Program, please email internships@amherst.edu.