TXWORKS Internship Program

Texas WORKS: Reinforcing Knowledge and Skills (TXWORKS) Internship is a program that provides students with opportunities to build their resumes through paid and professional work experiences aimed at strengthening their career readiness. Texas college and university students that are hired by participating employers and meet program eligibility enrollment and financial assistance requirements will:

  • Earn a minimum of twenty ($20) per hour.
  • Intern a minimum of ninety-six (96) hours over a minimum of eight (8) weeks in Texas.
  • Complete internships with challenging, meaningful, and real-work projects and tasks.
  • Gain and strengthen career readiness competencies and skills to succeed in the workforce.
  • Increase confidence to make future career decisions, build professionalism and establish relationships.  

Established by the 86th Texas Legislature, TXWORKS is funded in part by the State of Texas out of a yearly student financial assistance appropriation.  The TXWORKS program is administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in partnership with Texas employers. Employers are reimbursed at the rate established by the THECB for fully paid eligible wages for the eligible interns who complete an internship period.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), www.TXInternshipChallenge.com site supports TXWORKS Internship Program outreach to students and employers, the TXWORKS employer internship position postings, and the internship application process.

Employer Participation Overview

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD: March 24, 2021 – April 9, 2021

Interested Employers: Download the TXWORKS Program Overview & Participation Guide 0.01 for:

  • Participation criteria, requirements, and expectations of employers.   
  • Reimbursement process for earned hourly wages of interns; based on Program year 2021-2022 funding availability.
  • Application steps and deadline (includes link to electronic application and certification document).
  • Eligibility criteria, the application process, and outcomes for students.


Submit questions through the TXWORKS Inquiry Form.