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.

Session 2: July 13 – August 7, 2020 – ONLINE

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

Online classes will take place Monday-Friday with two Zoom sessions per day:

  • Morning Session: 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • Opportunity for tutoring sessions will be made available.


  • Ages 14 to 22.
  • Must have an Intellectual/Developmental Disability (diagnosis required).
  • Must have access to the internet and a device to participate in daily Zoom trainings.
  • Would like to learn about leadership and self-advocacy.
  • Must be a resident of Texas.

How to Apply:

Application Form: PDF | DOC

Application Deadline: July 7, 2020

Please submit applications to  Any questions, please call 713-692-4278.

Session 1: June 8 – July 2, 2020 – ONLINE

This session is closed for registration.

*Financial support for the Leadership and Advocacy Training project is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds* made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Disabilities.  *$125,000 (80%) DD funds; $21,300 (20%) non-federal resources.