About the Program

Charles Hamilton Houston

The Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program (“Houston Program”) is designed to provide Amherst College students with substantive, meaningful summer internship opportunities in various industries across the U.S. and abroad.  Internships within the Houston Program portfolio either are paid by the employer or are unpaid, but eligible for stipends from the College’s endowed internship funds.

In addition to providing students with vetted, quality internships, the Houston Program offers students 360° support throughout the entire internship cycle, including preparatory advising, professional skill development, and assistance throughout their summer experiences. Through this process, students develop valuable and transferable skills, expand their networks, and gain exposure and insight to further their career exploration and planning.

For any questions about the Houston Program, please email internships@amherst.edu.

The Houston Program is named in honor of Amherst alumnus Charles Hamilton Houston, class of 1915.  Houston went on to become the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, a dean at the Howard University School of Law, and a mentor to a generation of African-American lawyers, most notably Thurgood Marshall.  Houston is considered a chief architect of the civil rights legal strategy that challenged the principle of “separate but equal,” leading to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

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For Students Interested in Becoming a Member

The Houston Program offers students 360° support throughout the entire internship cycle.

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For Employers Interested in Hosting an Intern

Employers who participate in the Houston Program can leverage our expertise and campus resources to identify and engage with high-quality students.

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Summer Internship Funding

Find out how to apply for funding to support you while completing an unpaid or low-paying summer internship.