PrepareRI Internship Program

Information for Schools

The PrepareRI Internship Program application window 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 provides paid summer internships for high school juniors in Rhode Island.  An outside organization, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, will match students with internship placements based on fit, preparedness, and skill.  Download a student flyer in English and Spanish here.


How can my school participate?

Students from any public high school in Rhode Island can participate in the PrepareRI Internship Program. Any current high school junior in a public school may apply. There are no academic or attendance limitations for eligibility. Students will be selected based on their qualifications. If you would like Skills for RI’s Future to come to your school and present on the opportunity to your students, please contact Jenny Pichardo at

Download a PrepareRI Internship flyer for students in English and Spanish here.


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)


Frequently asked questions

Is there a cost to the PrepareRI Internship Program?

No. PrepareRI Internships are free for schools and students. PrepareRI and the Governor's Workforce Board cover the cost.


Which students are eligible?

Eligible students must:

  • Be a current high school junior attending a public high school in Rhode Island

  • Be 16 years of age or older

  • Live in Rhode Island

  • Be eligible to work in the US and have proper documentation

  • Complete the online application


Does this replace existing summer youth employment, such as the opportunities available through the local youth centers?

No. The PrepareRI Internship Program was created to provide students with more internship opportunities; it does not replace any existing opportunities. Students interested in a PrepareRI Internship are also encouraged to apply to other programs, including summer youth employment run by local youth centers or other community-based organizations.


Is there a required pre-internship curriculum?

No. Skills for Rhode Island’s Future will provide an orientation and training to all selected students before starting the internship. Schools are encouraged to provide a work-readiness curriculum to their students during the school year, but such a curriculum is not required and will not affect students' eligibility for the internship program.


What employers will be hosting student interns this summer?

Employer recruitment is in progress, and below is a list of current partners. Employers will be located across the state and in the industries listed below.  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.

  • Education

  • Finance and Banking

  • Food and Hospitality

  • Government

  • Healthcare/Biotech

  • Human and Social Services

  • Insurance

  • Manufacturing/Construction

  • Marketing

  • Nonprofit

  • Retail and Customer Service

  • Technology


What types of jobs will student interns be doing?

Creating and finalizing job descriptions with employers is also in progress, and Skills for Rhode Island’s Future will match student applicants to internship opportunities based on their interests and skills.  We anticipate a variety of job descriptions; some job descriptions may combine multiple categories of day-to-day tasks and larger projects, and some may require specific technical skills.  Among others, we do expect that job descriptions may include tasks in the following categories:

  • Communications and Social Media

  • Customer Service

  • Data Entry and Analysis

  • Event Planning and Support

  • Health Services/Patient support

  • Human Resources/Administration

  • IT Help Desk

  • Marketing and Sales

  • Operations Support

  • Software programming/Coding


When will the student application be available?

The application period for the 2019 PrepareRI Internship Program is now closed. Please continue to visit our website for more information!


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