Summer Internship

H.E.A.R.T. is proud to offer its award-winning programs as a shorter summer internship in collaboration with the Houston Food Bank.  This program is ideal for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are interested in a summer internship experience or would like to experience a workplace environment.  Participants will receive instruction on job skills and hands-on training as well as leadership and advocacy training.  Upon completion of the internship, participants will receive a transcript of all the skills learned and hours trained during the session.  There is no cost to attend this internship program. Each participant can only be enrolled in one session.  Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

To see this program in action, please check out Instagram @h.e.a.r.t.hfb!

2023 Summer Internship Program will offer two sessions:

Session 1 – June 5, 2023 – June 30, 2023

Session 2 – July 10, 2023 – August 4, 2023

H.E.A.R.T.’s satellite classroom at Houston Food Bank, participants will learn Youth Leadership & Advocacy curriculum and receive instruction on making choices, understanding their disability, learning effective communication, working in teams, and demonstrating leadership. Participants will also experience hands-on job training and gain skills in identifying products, inventorying, restocking vending machines, counting money as well as learning valuable customer service skills, and more.

Participants must attend classes in person from 8:30AM-3:30PM, Monday-Friday.

Session Schedule:

  • 9:00am-11:15am: Leadership and Advocacy Curriculum
  • 11:30-12:30: Lunch
  • 1:00pm-3:30pm: On-Site Job Training

Participants will experience:

  • Leadership & Advocacy Curriculum
    Strengthening communication skills within a team and taking on leadership roles, laws, rights, and more!
  • On-Site Job Training
    Hands-on work skills and applying Leadership and Advocacy lessons in the work area.


  • Ages 15 to 22.
  • Must have an intellectual/developmental disability (diagnosis required).
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the Houston Food Bank (535 Portwall St, Houston, TX 77029).

How to Apply:

  • 2023 Application Form: DOC | PDF
  • 2023 Enrollment Agreement: DOC | PDF
  • Application Deadlines: Session 1 – May 26th, 2023; Session 2 – June 30th, 203
  • Please submit applications to  Any questions, please contact Oryonna at 713-568-6083