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Home to Texas™

Changing the world starts at home.  Home to Texas™ is a summer internship and workforce development program that facilitates University of Texas undergraduates with 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 expanded to about fifty placements in 2020

2019 McAllen Celebration, HTTX
2019 McAllen Home to Texas Celebration

Application for Summer 2021

For the summer of 2021, internship placements will be available in the following communities:

  • Abilene area, Taylor and Jones Counties
  • Amarillo area, Potter and Randall Counties
  • Beaumont area, Jefferson and Orange Counties
  • Boerne area, Kendall County
  • Brownsville area, Cameron County 
  • Del Rio area, Val Verde County
  • Eagle Pass area, Maverick County
  • La Grange area, Fayette County
  • McAllen area, Hidalgo County 
  • Midland-Odessa area, Midland and Ector Counties 
  • Smithville area, Bastrop County
  • Tyler area, Smith County 

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.

Home to Texas, Summer 2020

Even with the constraints of the pandemic, internships took place from June 1 to July 31, 2020 with the following selected Texas communities:

  • Brownsville area, Cameron County 
  • Fayette, Lee, and Bastrop Counties
  • Beaumont area, Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties
  • McAllen area, Hidalgo County 
  • Boerne area, Kendall County
  • Midland-Odessa area, Midland and Ector Counties 
  • Amarillo area, Potter and Randall Counties
  • Tyler area, Smith County 
  • Del Rio area, Val Verde County

For more information on the program, please visit the following pages or email hometotexas@austin.utexas.edu.