Each summer The Houston Electrical League places 15-20 students with Houston area companies as part of our Summer Intern Program.  Undergraduate students from The Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M and The School of Business at The University of Houston are selected by submitting a written application and submitting to a personal interview conducted by The HEL Scholarship Committee.

In January, the HEL solicits participation from sponsor companies to host an intern for the summer.  In February, The HEL Scholarship Committee reviews student applications and conducts personal interviews on-campus.

Sponsor Companies

If your company is interested in sponsoring an intern for the summer, the process is easy.  Simply contact the scholarship chairman, John Focke, at (713) 947-4431 or by e-mail at, indicating you want to participate - The HEL handles all the rest!

The HEL will review the applications, conduct the interviews, and make a selection that we think is the best fit for your company based on the student’s area of interest and their location.  The HEL will advise you of key dates associated with the program including our kick-off luncheon in April, official start date in early May, Social and Educational events in June and July, and the official end date and intern presentation meeting in early August.

The obligation of the sponsor company is to provide a 40-hour work week, for (12) weeks, at a salary of $12 per hour, paid directly to the intern in accordance with your normal payroll procedures.  As well as provide the student intern with a valuable “real world” summer experience as a member of your organization.

Undergraduate Student Applicants

Student interns are selected based on submitting an application, meeting all eligibility requirements, and by a personal interview process conducted on-campus by The HEL Scholarship Committee.  The HEL will make every attempt to place you with a company that matches your area of interest and is close to your summer residence.

If selected, you will work directly for your company sponsor, not The HEL.  Upon successful completion of your 12-week assignment, The HEL will contribute a $2,000 scholarship (tax free) directly into your financial aid account.  The wages earned by your summer employer, in conjunction with the $2,000 scholarship awarded at the end of the summer, will result in the opportunity to earn over $7,700 to help with your education expenses – in addition to the educational experience you will receive during your internship.

The HEL could not provide these valuable and educational summer internships without the support of our company sponsors.  We would like to say “Thank You” to following companies for their constant and continued support of The HEL Summer Intern Program

Wildcat Electric Supply * Schneider Electric * Powell Electrical Systems * Powell Offshore
Emerson * Turtle & Hughes * Wholesale Electric Supply * Graybar Electric Supply
Protect Controls * ECP Electric Supply * Eaton Electrical * ServiceWire
Crawford Electric Supply * Bell & McCoy * Elliott Electric Supply

“We appreciate your continued support and participation”