PrepareRI Internship Program

The application window for the 2019 PrepareRI Internship program closed on February 1, 2019.

You can find additional summer 2019 opportunities in volunteering, academic development, mentoring, and more in this database.

*Please note that this database is for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily indicate program endorsement from PrepareRI.



The PrepareRI Internship Program places Rhode Island high school juniors in paid summer internships with the state’s top employers in a range of industries.  

PrepareRI Internships benefit both students and industry. For students, the internships prepare youth with the skills they need to pursue meaningful, fulfilling futures through professional skills training, on-the-job experience, and connections to adult mentors who can help them achieve their career goals. For employers, the internships help diversify their workforce and build a strong pipeline of young, skilled workers who can keep RI’s future economy vibrant and strong.

Summer 2018 was the pilot year for PrepareRI Internships, when 162 students were placed in high-quality internships; the program will double for Summer 2019. The program is funded by the RI Governor's Workforce Board with support from The Partnership RI, and is managed by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future.   

PrepareRI Internships are part of PrepareRI's goal of having work-based learning in every high school in the state.

Download a student flyer in English and Spanish here.


Key facts

  • The PrepareRI Internship program provides paid summer internships for high school students

  • Eligible students must be at least 16 years old and current juniors attending a RI public high school

  • Internships are paid and students also earn college credit

  • Internships will last 6-8 weeks (20-35 hours per week)

  • Skills for Rhode Island’s Future will help select students and will match them with employers based on student interests, skills, and preparedness



Dates subject to change

  • December 3, 2018: Application OPEN

  • February 1, 2019: Application DUE

  • February-March 2019: Student-Parent/Guardian Orientations (dates emailed to students who complete application)

  • March-May 2019: Interviews with Skills for RI’s Future and employers (dates emailed to students who attend orientations)

  • June 24-28, 2019: Work Readiness “boot camp”

  • July-August 2019: Internship placements (minimum of 150 hours over 6 weeks)


application information

The application period for the 2019 PrepareRI Internship Program is now closed.


Employer partners

Employer recruitment is in progress, and below is a list of current partners. Employers will be located across the state and in multiple industries.  Skills for Rhode Island’s Future will match interns with employers based on student interests and skills.  Not every student will be able to be matched with their top industry of interest, but SkillsRI will take those preferences into account during the matching process.

Learn more


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