For Students Interested in Becoming a Member

What the Houston Program Can Do for You

Internships can be powerful tools for students who are at the beginning of their career journeys — but, it’s not always clear how to best maximize internship experiences or determine which one is the best fit. Even more so, it’s hard to know where to even start the search process.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (“Houston Program”) is designed to help Amherst students discover, test, and define the lives and careers they wish to pursue after graduation through robust career development programming; assistance with securing substantive, meaningful summer internship opportunities; and, access to financial support for the summer.

By participating in the Houston Program, you will benefit from:

  • Workshops and programming designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to build an effective summer internship search strategy across a broad range of industries.
  • Assistance with crafting resumes and other internship application materials that best highlight your unique set of experiences, strengths, and skills. 
  • Guidance via 1-on-1 appointments with advisors on finding, applying, and accepting offers for summer internship opportunities that match your career interests and development goals.
  • A tailored list of program-preferred internships hosted by organizations and companies who have hired Amherst interns in the past and/or are eager to hire in the future.
  • Eligibility to apply for stipends to provide financial support while completing an unpaid summer internship.

What are the steps to join the program?

You must complete the following requirements to become a member of the program. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2023.

PRIOR MEMBERS OF THE HOUSTON PROGRAM

If you were a member of the Houston Program during the 2022 – 2023 academic year, you will need to do the following to re-enroll in the program this year:

FIRST TIME PROGRAM ENROLLMENT

1. Attend at least ONE of the Internship Preparation Workshops listed below: 

FALL 2022 WORKSHOPS

2. Complete a Houston Program Resume Review Appointment with a Peer Career Advisor or Houston Program Advisor (Victoria Wilson or Emily Tareila). This can be a 1-1 appointment booked through Handshake or completed at a Resume Review Drop-In Clinic

Please note that this appointment is not to approve your resume, but to receive feedback on how to draft a first resume or improve an existing one.

To prepare for your resume review appointment, please review the Loeb Center Resume How-To Guide to familiarize yourself with best practices for a professional resume.

3. Complete the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program Application in Handshake. This application can take about 1.5 hours to complete.  Please plan accordingly.

ELIGIBILITY

Students interested in enrolling in Houston Program must:

  • Be a first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior who will be graduating in December 2023.
  • Be enrolled at the College during both the semesters prior to and after their summer internships.

You are eligible to participate in the program if you are studying abroad; however, you will need to contact the Loeb Center to make other arrangements for fulfilling the requirements to enroll.

What can you do after joining the Houston Program?

Becoming a member of the program is only half of the process. Here are some of the activities and events you are encouraged to do after joining:

  • Meet with a Houston Program advisor to continue to receive internship search guidance.  You can sign up for an available appointment in Handshake under the appointment category “Early Career Exploration and Internship Planning”.
  • Can’t make it to a scheduled appointment?  Attend one of the Internship Application Drop-In Clinics offered every Friday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, beginning on September 23.
  • Participate in the various Houston Program sponsored events, including the Summer Internship Mixer on November 9 at 6:00 PM.
  • Read the Houston Program monthly newsletter, filled with important program updates and valuable internship advice.  Members are added automatically to the mailing list. 
  • Consider applying to one of the Houston Program-preferred internships found in Handshake with the tag “houston preferred 22-23”
  • If you secure an unpaid summer internship, you may submit an application during the Spring 2023 semester to request a stipend of up to $5,000Review this page for more information.

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