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Future Focus

An internship is an invaluable experience for any college student – an opportunity to gain professional experience, explore potential careers, and build a professional network. In fact, internships and work experience are valued more than all other attributes, such as major and GPA, when hiring a recent graduate. However, many internships are out of reach for students from low-income communities, who cannot afford to accept unpaid positions.

The Future Focus Summer Internship Program arranges full-time, paid, professional internships for first-generation college students from low-income communities. Future Focus connects these students to paid internships, expanding their opportunities while providing host companies with exceptionally motivated and hardworking interns from diverse backgrounds. A full-time, paid summer internship will help these college students pay for their education and lay the foundation for successful careers after graduation.

Since its inception in 2011, Future Focus has placed over 500 interns with 100+ Austin companies.

Host Company Responsibilities

Host companies interview the student(s) and select the intern(s) who will make the best contribution to their company.  In order to create the most beneficial internship experience for both host companies and interns, we ask host companies to:

  • Provide a full-time internship, 29-40 hours per week, 8-12 weeks over the summer
  • Pay each intern $10-$15 an hour
  • Provide meaningful work and regular feedback to intern
  • Assign a manager to supervise and mentor intern
  • Communicate regularly with the Future Focus Program Manager
  • Allow intern to attend Future Focus training workshops during the summer
  • Attend and participate in the Presentations of Learning – End of Summer event
  • Complete the end of summer host company survey

 

For more information on the Future Focus Internship Program, click here.

Future Focus Host Companies

ABC Home & Commerical Services

Accenture

Aceable

Alchemy Software Development

American Bank of Commerce

American Constructors

Andrew Harper

AT&T

Baker Botts LLP

Balcones Resources

Bazaarvoice

Ben Barnes Group

Birds Barbershop

Blackbaud

Bluepoint Games

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Breakthrough Central Texas

Bridgepoint Consulting

Brigham Resources

Building Team Solutions

Castle Hill Partners

Center for Generational Kinetics

Circuit of the Americas

CML Exploration

Comerica

Compass Learning

CSID

Deep Eddy Vodka

Dell Technologies

DLA Piper LLP

Durbin Bennett l Private Wealth Management

Farmers Insurance

Fish & Richardson

Fleming & Conway Allstate Agency

FloSports

Forestar Group

George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP

Grande Communications

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Green Mountain Energy Company

GSD&M

Headspring

Hellfire Games

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

HomeAway

Holt Engineering

HPI Real Estate & Investments

IBM

Jones Energy

Kasasa

Kendra Scott

KIPP Austin Public Schools

KLRU-TV

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lifesize

Live Oak-Gottesman

Luminex Corporation

Mattersight

MI7

Nanohmics

Nolan Ryan Foundation

Noonday Collection

NXP Semiconductors

Onit

Onramp

Packet Design

Parker Phoenix PR

PDS Energy

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pipeline Success

Pivot3

Plains Capital Bank

Powell Ebert & Smolik PC

PPD

Reed & Scardino LLP

RetailMeNot

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Romman

SailPoint

Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Saturn Aviation

Seton Medical Center Austin

Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing

SocialMedia.org

Solarwinds

St. David’s Institute for Learning

Stantec

Statoil

STG Design

Stratus Properties

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Forensic Science Commission

Texas Health Institute

Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership

Texas Office of Attorney General

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The Butler Brothers

The Chism Company

Tokyo Electron America

Trigger Point

Upland Software

uShip

uStudio

W2O Group

Westwood Country Club

Whole Foods Market

Winstead PC

Wortham Insurance