PrepareRI Internship Program
Information for Schools
The PrepareRI Internship Program application window is NOW OPEN and applications are DUE February 1, 2019.
WHAT IS THE PREPARE RI INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Finance and Banking
Food and Hospitality
Human and Social Services
Retail and Customer Service
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
Data Entry and Analysis
Event Planning and Support
Health Services/Patient support
IT Help Desk
Marketing and Sales
When will the student application be available?
The online application for the PrepareRI Summer Internship program will go live on December 3, 2018 and will be due on February 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by Skills for Rhode Island's Future on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to complete your application early.
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