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.

2021 Summer Internship Program will offer two sessions:

Session 1: June 1st – June 25th 2021 (Virtual):

Participants will learn the TCDD Youth Leadership & Advocacy curriculum. Participants will receive instruction on making choices, understanding their disability, learning effective communication, understanding laws and rights, working in teams, and demonstrating leadership.

Participants must attend two online classes a day, Monday-Friday:

  • Morning Class: 10:00AM- 12:00PM
  • Afternoon Class: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Qualifications:

  • Ages 14 to 22.
  • Must have an intellectual/developmental disability (diagnosis required).
  • Must have access to stable internet and a device to participate in daily Zoom trainings.
  • Must be a resident of Texas.

How to Apply:

  • Application Form: PDF | DOC
  • Application Deadline: May 12th 2021
  • Please submit applications to omason@heartprogram.org.  Any questions, please contact Oryonna at 713-568-6083.

Flyer: PDF


Session 2: July 6th – July 30th, 2021 (On-Site):

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

Participants must attend  classes in person from 8:30AM-3:00PM, Monday-Friday.

Daily class schedule:

  • 8:30AM-11:30AM: Leadership and Advocacy
  • 11:30AM-12:30PM:  Lunch
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM:  Job Training

Qualifications:

  • Ages 16 to 22.
  • Must have an intellectual/developmental disability (diagnosis required).
  • Must have have reliable transportation to and from the Houston Food Bank (535 Portwall St, Houston, TX 77029).

How to Apply:

  • Application Form: PDF| DOC
  • Application Deadline: June 16th, 2021
  • Please submit applications to omason@heartprogram.org.  Any questions, please contact Oryonna at 713-568-6083.

Flyer: PDF