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11 Internships in Houston for High School Students

Doing an internship in high school offers a ton of value - not only is it a great addition to your resume as a student, but also equips you with the soft and hard skills admissions officers are looking for. Most internships also come with a mentorship/shadowing component, that you can make the best of while collecting letters of recommendation before applying to college.

If you are a high school student in Houston, we have compiled a list of 11 great internships you can consider. This list includes internships across various subjects and fields so that you have plenty of options to choose from.


Please keep in mind the following information is for 2023 and dates for the following years will be at a similar time period.



Application deadline: Multiple deadlines throughout the year (Fall deadline on August 27, 2023)


Eligibility: All high school students


Program dates: 8-week programs with multiple cohorts throughout the year


Location: Virtual


Fee: $1,490


Financial assistance: Available


Through this internship, you will be matched with a top start-up and work with them on a real-world project. The field of work could be anything from machine learning, finance, engineering, and health tech to fashion, non-profit, media and journalism. Examples of previous projects include ‘Machine learning model to predict customer churn for an e-commerce website’ and ‘Marketing campaign for series-A backed media company’. Overall, you will spend 10-15 hours per week on this internship and end it with a letter of completion from the company.


In addition to working closely with their manager from the startup, each intern will also work with a Ladder Coach throughout their internship - the Ladder Coach serves as a second mentor and a sounding board, guiding students through the internship and helping them navigate the startup environment. The virtual internship is usually 8 weeks long.



Application deadline: Applications open in mid-January and are screened from late March. Students are encouraged to apply early!


Eligibility: Any residents of Houston between the ages of 16 and 24 who are eligible to work in the US


Program dates: June 12, 2023 – August 3, 2023


Location: Varies as per department


Stipend: $10 per hour


The City of Houston offers several different internships for students interested in public service. You can choose from a number of departments including accounting, police, public health, administration, parks and recreation, and the city council’s office. The internship will go on for eight weeks during the summer and you will be expected to work 32 hours per week. This is an ideal way to get practical work experience and learn about the functioning of a local government.



Application deadline: Not specified


Eligibility: All high school students


Program dates: Dates have not been specified but the program will take place over 7 weeks during the summer months


Location: Rice University


Stipend: Unpaid


Taking place at the Tribomechadynamics lab at Rice University, this program is a seven-week internship in mechanical engineering. Tribomechadynamics is a field of study that looks at the confluence of structural dynamics, contact mechanics, and tribology. As an intern, you will learn about the subject through seminars, engage in various aspects of STEM research, and get the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art engineering software. The goal of this program is to aid students in exploring career options and deciding on a major while also training them in college-level research.



Application deadline: March 31, 2023


Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors who can legally work in the US and come from families with an income at or below the HUD Median Family Income for the region


Program dates: Varies but the program lasts for 8 weeks


Location: Varies depending on project location


Stipend: Hourly wages as well as a transportation stipend


Houston is one of the several locations at which this internship takes place. DPR Construction is a private company and through this internship, you will get exposure to all the different roles at a construction site. You will work with a specific team on a construction project and engage in various aspects including planning, scheduling, design, logistics and even working with new technologies. Keep in mind that you will be expected to spend at least 35-40 hours per week.



Application deadline: Not specified


Eligibility: All high school students


Program dates: Students must complete a total of 50 hours of work during the summer months


Location: ASPIRE centers as well as at other Sewa events


Stipend: Unpaid


Hosted by the non-profit organization Sewa USA, ASPIRE is a program that focuses on the development of children from low-income or refugee families. The Lead Internship is ideal for students interested in social service and community development. As an intern, you will help run the daily activities at ASPIRE centers as well as assist with the organization’s volunteer events. You will be guided by a GIH intern (a college student or young adult) and even aid them in the completion of their project, which could include tasks in the areas of public relations, event management, grant writing, and more.



Application deadline: January 16, 2023 for the spring session, May 8, 2023 for the summer session, and August 7, 2023, for the fall session


Eligibility: All high school students


Program dates: Varies as per internship but they usually last for a full semester


Location: DiverseWorks Office


Stipend: A small stipend (unspecified amount) is provided


DiverseWorks is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization whose internships are useful to students interested in careers as curators, artists, or arts administrators. At the time of writing, there is an opening for an artists’ assistant where you will assist in the production of an art piece called Portrait of Houston (although, some understanding of French is required for this). There is also an opening for an arts administration intern where you will aid the organization in research, marketing, gallery maintenance and other general office duties.

Medical Internships in Houston


Application deadline: February 3, 2023


Eligibility: Current seniors from Texas public, private or charter high schools, who will graduate school before the program. Students must also have been accepted into a college for the fall semester after the program


Program dates: June 5, 2023 – August 11, 2023


Location: MD Anderson Cancer Center


Stipend: $6,000


MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the country's top cancer research centers, making this a renowned and prestigious program. As one of the seven selected students, you will work on a research project in the field of biomedical sciences. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will engage in hands-on lab work and have access to seminars and activities like poster and elevator-speech competitions. The program is aimed at students interested in Allied Health as it offers a look at various career options in the field.


Application deadline: May 15, 2023

Eligibility: Sophomores and juniors who are residents of the Houston area

Program dates: Session 1 from June 12, 2023 – June 30, 2023, Session 2 from July 10, 2023 – July 28, 2023


Location: Rice University


Fee: Free


Exploring the intersection of digital design and medical treatment, this internship looks at the practical application of engineering fields in healthcare. You will study digital circuitry, computer science, physics, and engineering research and analyze devices like pulse oximeters, accelerometers, and microphones. You could even work on developing a new device or piece of technology. Meanwhile, you will also learn about the various college pathways and network with peers and professionals. Do keep in mind that this is a highly selective program that accepts 12 students!



Application deadline: May 15, 2023


Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0


Program dates: 8 weeks, starting between June 1 and June 20


Location: University of Houston


Stipend: $2,000


During the 8 weeks of this program, you will spend most of your time in the lab learning about the research process from start to finish. You will shadow a researcher working in the field of infectious diseases and get hands-on training in the lab while also developing your own independent project. A few examples of lab activities are biological sample processing, running PCR assays, and plating bacteria. However, while this program offers substantial practical experience it is also incredibly competitive as it only enrolls two students per cohort.



Application deadline: January 27, 2023


Eligibility: All high school students who are at least 16 years of age


Program dates: May 30, 2023 – August 4, 2023


Location: Various program locations across Houston, TX


Stipend: None


This immersive experience focuses on translational research — the practical application of scientific research in healthcare. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will work on a research project and present your findings during a poster symposium at the end of the program. Guest speaker presentations and networking events are also part of the program. Along with getting an immersive lab experience, you will also learn the skill of scientific writing and receive career development tools that cover things like college selection and scholarship applications.



Application deadline: March 31, 2023


Eligibility: Juniors who have a strong academic standing


Program dates: 10 weeks during the summer


Location: Mohan Lab, University of Houston


Stipend: None


This 10-week program is ideal for students interested in biomedical, bioengineering, or health-oriented professions. For the first two weeks, you will undergo instruction and training in lab techniques. The following 8 weeks will be spent working on a research project under the guidance of a scientist or graduate student and then present your findings at the MohanLab joint laboratory meeting. Previous projects have included topics like identifying novel biomarkers for neuropsychiatric lupus and examining the impact of mesenchymal stem cell secretome on cancer cells.

For those of you who read this far, here is a bonus program!



Application deadline: February 20, 2023


Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years of age and are US citizens


Program dates: May 1, 2023 – July 26, 2023


Location: University of Texas, Austin (2-3 hours from Houston)


Fee: Free


Financial assistance: Travel scholarships are available


If you are interested in Earth and space research or would simply like to explore STEM fields alongside NASA experts, then consider applying to this program. While competitive, the internship will expose you to high-level research and data analysis on topics such as NASA’s remote sensing data or Earth’s gravitational field. You can expect an incredibly hands-on experience. The curriculum includes a distance learning component, followed by a remote work period and then a residential internship from July 8, 2023 – July 26, 2023. The program culminates in a science symposium where you can present your work.


While this program isn’t in Houston, we have still included it on this list due to the valuable experience offered to students as well as the combination of virtual and in-person components. The program is jointly organized by NASA, Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research.



One other option – Lumiere Research Scholar Program

If you are interested in doing research as a high school student, then you could also consider applying to the Lumiere Research Scholar Program, a selective online high school program for students that I founded with researchers at Harvard and Oxford. Last year, we had over 4000 students apply for 500 spots in the program! You can find the application form here.

Stephen is one of the founders of Lumiere and a Harvard College graduate. He founded Lumiere as a Ph.D. student at Harvard Business School. Lumiere is a selective research program where students work 1-1 with a research mentor to develop an independent research paper.


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