The Yale Club of Houston appreciates your interest in the Bulldogs by the Bayou summer internship program. We believe students, employers, alumni, mentors and community members will benefit from the unique opportunities in Bulldogs by the Bayou.
We have prepared this package of information for your convenience to evaluate and guide your participation in the Bulldogs by the Bayou. The package contains:
For those of you who are new to the Bulldogs program, here is a brief history and description of some of the most significant features for the model program in Louisville, KY:
Gearing up for its fifth summer,
Bulldogs by the Bayou
is part of the
Bulldogs Across America
summer internship program, originally started 13 years ago in Louisville, KY with Bulldogs in the Bluegrass. The program has since expanded to include Cleveland, San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Santa Fe and St. Louis. To date, we've had over 1,000 Yale students participate in Bulldogs programs across the country, and over 85 have moved to a Bulldog city after graduation.
The mission of the program is to employ hard working Yale undergraduate students in positions that increase the students’ work experiences, benefit the employers and enhance the local community as a whole. The goal is to arrange high quality job offerings from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of the community.
In order to introduce the students to the assets and leadership of the Houston community, the internship program includes numerous civic and social events. In the other Bulldog cities, these have included such programs as a “City View” day which provides an opportunity to meet various political and civic leaders in the community and to tour several area attractions. The students will also attend presentations by various Yale alumni and local community leaders as well as visit places of interest around the Houston area.
The students are housed together in a dorm setting for the summer. The housing will be provided by the Yale Club of Houston and is free of charge to the students. Each student is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $2,700.00 in gross compensation for the 10-week internship (360 work hours). Non-subsidized employers are required to reimburse the Yale Club of Houston $1,400.00 toward the housing costs per intern. Thus the total expense for a non-subsidized employer is $4,100. Qualified employers (non-profit and/or governmental) pay $400 for one intern, and pay additional $1,400/intern after the first intern.
Each student is paired with a mentor for the summer. The mentor serves as another interested adult in the life of the intern, and in many cases the mentor families become like second families to the students while they are in Houston. Some of these mentors are Yale alumni; others are members of the community with an interest in the program.
Students apply for internships electronically. The website is active on the first day the students return to Yale from the winter holidays. The students apply directly to the employers and the employers are responsible for selecting their own intern(s). The Yale Club of Houston does not play a direct role in the selection of interns. Once the employer has selected an intern and issued a Commitment Letter through the website, the internship position must be ratified by the Yale Club of Houston. The position is not finalized until the Yale Club of Houston has granted the position. Executed Commitment Letters are to be submitted no later than March 1 for final selection by March 7. Employers are therefore encouraged and urged to make selections in a timely manner to increase their chances of being granted a summer intern.
We look forward to working with you to make Bulldogs by the Bayou summer internship program a success. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.