August 16, 2013

Shell Nonprofit Internship Program



The Shell Oil Company Nonprofit Internship Program commenced in Houston, Texas in 2008, and has provided over 200 internship opportunities for college students with local nonprofit agencies.

Volunteer Houston helps connect qualified agencies with college applicants in meaningful positions that meet both the agencies’ needs and the students’ career goals. In addition to the work experience, Shell sponsors and participates in 3 networking events during the program, enabling students from universities in Texas and across the country to learn more about the organization and to network with each other. The program introduces students to careers in nonprofit and the importance of community service.

Agencies are selected based on their work in three key areas of social investment targeted by Shell: education, environment, and community.

2017 Program Guidelines


The Shell Non Profit Internship Program provides an invaluable opportunity for select college students to learn about the nonprofit industry and get real world experience while making an impact in the community.  Agencies are selected based on their work in three key areas of social investment targeted by Shell: education, environment, and community.

The 2017 program provides nonprofit agencies with a $2,500 grant used to hire qualified college students to work eight weeks during the summer.


In order to be considered for the 2017 program, agencies must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or deemed a governmental agency
  • Be located in the following counties: Harris, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria, or Galveston
  • Submit a completed application and required attachments to Volunteer Houston by


Agency applications will be scored on a grade scale (included in the application packet).  The top applications will be invited to participate in the 2017 program.

If accepted to participate in the program, agencies will be required to:

  • Register with Volunteer Houston
  • Attend the 2017 Shell Nonprofit Internship Program Agency Orientation
  • Hire intern and submit necessary paperwork by Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Submit an acknowledgement to Volunteer Houston that you have received the grant check
  • Pay the full stipend ($2,500) for the internship period. Each intern’s salary is to be treated as income to the intern, subject to FICA and income tax withholdings.
  • Attend the Shell Nonprofit Internship Program Kick-Off in June 2017, date, time and place to determined.
  • Allow intern to attend all scheduled summer programs and events.

General Program FAQs

What is Volunteer Houston’s role in the Shell Nonprofit Internship Program?

Volunteer Houston manages the Nonprofit Internship Program for Shell.  From the agency application and selection process to the summer intern programs, activities, and evaluation process, Volunteer Houston is the face-to face contact between Shell, interns, and nonprofit agencies.

How long is the internship?

The internship is eight consecutive weeks in length, between May 22, 2017, and August 18, 2017. 

How many hours does the intern need to work per week?

Selected interns must work a minimum of 35 hours per week.

What’s the amount of the Shell Nonprofit Internship Program grant?  Can I receive more than one grant?

Each agency is eligible to receive one (1) $2,500 grant.

Can I treat the intern as a contract employee/independent contractor?

No, interns will be treated as a salaried employee for agency and subject to FICA and income tax withholdings.  Please provide copy of first paystub to Volunteer Houston for verification.

Will my agency be assigned an intern?

No, selected agencies are required to hire their own intern.  Volunteer Houston can help with the process to ensure you get the best possible intern for your specific agency needs.

Are graduate students eligible?

No, the Shell Nonprofit Internship Program is only open to undergraduate students.

If selected, what are the requirements to hire an intern?

Interns need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a currently enrolled, undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full-time (12 credit hours) sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of 2017.
  • Submit written enrollment verification from their college or university confirming the student’s enrollment status to Volunteer Houston.
  • Family members of selected agency board and/or staff are not eligible to be hired as interns for that agency.
  • Interns who have previously participated in the program may seek an internship in 2017 provided that they work for a different agency.

Our intern was great last year; can we hire them again this year?

No, interns may participate in this internship program more than once, but with different agencies.