Changing the world starts at home. Home to Texas™ is a summer internship program that encourages University of Texas undergraduates to work in their hometowns by providing well-paid internships and experiences designed to help them understand the underlying values of their home communities.
The IC² Institute has partnered with UT Austin’s School of Undergraduate Studies for the program, matching undergraduate students looking for summer work in their hometowns with employers in those locations who are seeking students with fresh and informed perspectives. First-year (and in some cases second-year) students from all majors are eligible.
Launched in the spring of 2019, the program placed nine students in four different communities in its pilot year. Alumni and community support has been tremendous and the program will expand to about fifty placements in 2020.
During their summer experience, in addition to working for a local employer for 40 hours each week, Home to Texas™ students interview community and civic leaders, connect with the local UT Austin alumni network, and report on what they have learned. Participating students will develop a greater appreciation of their hometown communities, increasing the chance they will consider returning after graduation. The program also demonstrates the growing commitment of UT-Austin to engage with the entire state of Texas, solidifying UT’s relationship with alumni and regional and state leaders.
Organizations in rural or remote regions of Texas are encouraged to work with local alumni or the IC² Institute to establish at least four internship opportunities at a time–creating a critical mass of students in the same area to support each other as they do interviews with community leaders as part of the program.
For the summer of 2020, the following communities have been selected for at least four internship placements per community:
- Cameron County (Brownsville area)
- Fayette, Lee, and Bastrop Counties
- Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties (Beaumont area)
- Hidalgo County (McAllen area)
- Kendall County (Boerne area)
- Midland and Ector Counties (Midland-Odessa area)
- Potter and Randall Counties (Amarillo area)
- Smith County (Tyler area)
- Val Verde County (Del Rio area)
- Washington County (Brenham area)
The summer 2020 internship period will be June 1 to July 31, 2020.
Students who are from eligible regions and are interested in participating in the summer 2020 program should review the Home to Texas™ Information for Students site and complete the student application linked to that site. The student application period will open on November 25, 2019, with a priority deadline of January 31, 2020.