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10 Internships for High School Students in Texas

Internships offer high school students a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application. By immersing yourselves in professional environments, you can gain firsthand experience in their chosen fields, allowing them to explore potential career paths and develop a deeper understanding of their interests. These experiences not only enhance a student’s resume but also cultivate a sense of responsibility and accountability, crucial attributes that resonate in college applications. 

In this article, we have curated 10 internship opportunities for high school students based in Texas.

The Anson L. Clark Scholar Program at Texas Tech University presents a unique chance for 12 exceptionally qualified high school juniors and seniors to participate in a concentrated 7-week summer research internship experience in their chosen subject. Scholars delve into research projects, working closely with seasoned faculty members for valuable hands-on experience. Upon completing their research project report, scholars are awarded a $750 stipend. Explore more about the program’s benefits in our blog here.

Cost/Stipend: No cost, the program provides a $750 stipend. On-campus meals, room and board, and weekend activities/programming are covered. Travel to and from the program location and personal and medical expenses are not covered.

Location: Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024

Internship Dates: 7 weeks, June 16, 2024 -August 1, 2024

Eligibility: At least 17 years of age by the program start date, and should graduate in 2023 or 2024 (U.S. and International)

Ladder Internships enable high school students to explore a unique virtual internship program with startups and nonprofits worldwide. Students discover a variety of industries, choose their preferred field, and gain valuable insights into potential career paths. Partnered with startups across the United States, Asia, Europe, and the UK, this program allows remote immersion in areas that pique applicants’ interests. Students get to engage in impactful projects and present their findings after the internship. Interns also collaborate closely with startup managers and receive guidance from a dedicated Ladder Coach who serves as their mentor throughout the internship. 

Location: Remote! You can work from anywhere in the world.

Cost: $1490 (Financial Aid Available)

Internship Dates: Multiple cohorts throughout the year

Application Deadline: Feb 18, 2024

Eligibility: Open to high school students, undergraduates, and gap year students.

The City of Austin offers four types of internship opportunities for high school students. The Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program focuses on refining leadership skills while gaining professional experience. The Get Ready! STEAM-Based Internship provides hands-on exposure to S.T.E.A.M. areas, allowing students to explore related career fields in a professional setting. The Austin Convention Center Internship offers insights into divisions such as Accounting, Marketing, and Safety within the hospitality industry. The Aviation Department Internship, located at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Campus, offers placements in divisions like Finance and Security.

Cost/Stipend: No cost, stipend of $13.00/hour for 20 hours/week.

Location: Austin, Texas

Application Deadline: Varies based on the role selected.

Internship Dates: 7 weeks, June 3, 2024 —  July 19, 2024

Eligibility: Students must be between 15 to 18 years old with a GPA of 2.5 or above. 

Frisco Independent School District (ISD) is teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to offer students the High School Internship Program. During the month-long program, each intern will immerse themselves in the non-profit culture at NBCF, gaining insights into how various departments collaborate to support the foundation’s mission. The initial two weeks will focus on Programs, Development, and Marketing, providing interns with a deep understanding of NBCF’s day-to-day operations. Weekly sessions will cover essential professional skills such as resume preparation, interview techniques, and public speaking. 

Cost/Stipend: No cost, information about stipend TBA

Location: Dallas, Texas

Application Deadline: TBA

Internship Dates: 5 weeks, dates TBA

Eligibility: High school students part of the Frisco Independent School District, covering portions of Denton and Collin counties, including portions of Frisco, Little Elm, Plano, and McKinney.

This selective internship, designed for a few outstanding individuals with a strong academic record and a genuine interest in research and medicine, provides hands-on training in a translational research lab. Each intern collaborates with a mentor based on their expertise, gaining valuable skills throughout the summer project. With guidance from Houston Methodist’s distinguished faculty, interns present their projects at a scientific poster symposium, showcasing their research to leading scientists, students, and staff. The program also includes a career and professional development curriculum, featuring scientific writing and essential tools for college applications. 

Cost/Stipend: No cost or stipend. Scholarships are available to cover room and board.

Location: Various program locations across Houston, TX

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

Internship Dates: 10 weeks, May 28, 2024 — August 2, 2024

Eligibility: High school students must be completing their junior or senior year and be 16 years of age by the start of the program (May 28, 2024).

This unique summer internship offers the chance to work in university research labs or U.S. Army Research Laboratories and Centers. Engage in U.S. Army-sponsored research tackling the nation’s challenges and join a community of like-minded peers for ongoing support, virtual office hours, webinars, and workshops. Students get to elevate their STEM journey and prepare for competitive college admissions by immersing themselves in a culture of STEM, while receiving mentorship from seasoned professionals. 

Cost/Stipend: No cost, stipend provided

Location: Texas

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

Internship Dates: Internship opportunities will be available on an ongoing basis throughout the summer months of 2024.

Eligibility: High school students from K-9 to K-12 who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. 

This hands-on experience within a non-profit arts environment offers 2–3 interns each semester the chance to explore various facets of the Diverse Works organization, including curatorial, marketing, development, and administrative activities. With a focus on artist research, promotional tasks, database management, and general office duties, interns actively contribute to the success of upcoming programs. Engaging in gallery maintenance, preparing for art performances, and participating in a reading group enhance their understanding of contemporary art spaces and practices. This internship is ideal for those aspiring to pursue careers as curators, artists, or arts administrators. 

Cost/Stipend: No cost, stipend provided

Location: Houston, Texas

Application Deadline: TBA

Internship Dates: Fall Semester (Sep-Dec) | Spring Semester (Feb -May)

Eligibility: Applicants must have a deep knowledge of art history, theater, dance, studio art, or literature with a keen interest in contemporary art and visual culture. 

Exceptional rising high school seniors with a keen interest in biomedical, bioengineering, and health-oriented professions are encouraged to apply for this competitive internship at the University of Houston’s MohanLab. The program begins with 1–2 weeks of instruction on basic laboratory techniques. During the subsequent 8 weeks, students engage in bench research under the guidance of a scientist or graduate student. The option to continue research beyond the initial period is available, involving manuscript writing and data analysis. The program concludes with students presenting their research findings, with the potential for contributions to research publications depending on the project.

Cost/Stipend: No cost, stipend provided

Location: Houston, Texas

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

Internship Dates: 8 weeks, June 3, 2024 — July 26, 2024

Eligibility: Rising seniors (who have completed 11th grade of high school) are eligible to apply.

The CIS Committee partners with Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) to facilitate summer internships in the legal profession for academically outstanding high school students attending at-risk schools. This program offers each student a paid eight-week internship in prestigious law firms, providing a firsthand experience in a professional legal environment. Additionally, students benefit from enrichment programs and mentoring opportunities. The committee takes a lead role in recruiting participating law firms and developing comprehensive enrichment programs to enhance the overall internship experience for the students.

Cost/Stipend: No cost, stipend provided

Location: Houston, Texas

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Internship Dates: 8 weeks, June 10 — August 2, 2024

Eligibility: Academically advanced high school juniors and seniors from at-risk schools.

Discover real-world skills and experiences tailored for high school students through Baylor College of Medicine’s internship programs. Gain hands-on insights into operations, administration, or research during a summer or semester internship in departments such as Pediatrics, Urology, or the Center for Medical Ethics, among others. Students can choose to be either a Student Helper or a Project Intern, and explore the enriching opportunities that await them in a professional setting.

Cost/Stipend: No cost, stipend provided

Location: Houston, Texas, could also be remote.

Application Deadline: Variable based on the role selected.

Internship Dates: Variable based on the role selected, but likely from May to August 2024.

Eligibility: High school students are eligible for some internship opportunities with no prior experience. 

One other option — the Lumiere Research Scholar Program!

Explore the Lumiere Research Scholar Program, an exclusive online high school initiative founded by Harvard and Oxford researchers. This exclusive program provides a structured research experience, pairing participants with full-time researchers to cultivate independent projects in their chosen disciplines. With a competitive acceptance rate, and over 4000 applicants vying for one of 500 slots last year, this opportunity is uniquely designed for ambitious high school students. If you strongly desire to engage in a comprehensive and selective research program, this is your chance. Apply now through this application form.

Also check out the Lumiere Research Inclusion Foundation, a non-profit research program for talented, low-income students. Last year, we had 150 students on full need-based financial aid!

Trisha Malhotra, an Ashoka University alumna, has 5 years of experience being a freelance writer and currently writes for Lumiere Education. She is passionate about music, reading, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as a devoted cat parent.

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