PrepareRI Internship Program

Information for Students

The PrepareRI Internship Program application will open on December 3, 2018 and will be 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. 


Why should I apply?

  • Jumpstart your career. Build your resume with experience in a future career field.

  • Get real-work experience. Build important workplace experience and on-the-job skills.

  • Make good money. Earn a competitive wage for the summer.

  • Build your network. Connect with adult professionals who can help you get on the path to a great career.

  • Unlock your potential. Discover your strength and improve industry knowledge, academic skills, and professional skills.


Who can Apply?

To be eligible you 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



In order to participate in the PrepareRI Internship program, you must commit to the following:

  1. Apply Online. Students must apply online between December 3, 2018 and February 1, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

  2. Attend an Orientation. Attend a scheduled orientation session with a parent or guardian. Orientation sessions will run in February and March 2019. Every effort will be made to accommodate your and your parent/guardian schedules.

  3. Interview. Students who complete step 1 and step 2 will be invited to interview with Skills for RI’s Future and employers.

  4. Attend the Work Readiness Boot Camp. Students must complete a 40-hour work-readiness “boot camp” during June 24-28, 2019.

  5. Complete the Summer Internship. Students must work a minimum of 150 hours in July-August 2019. Students may work up to 240 hours.


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.


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.


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

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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 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.

Applications will only be accepted online. Check back here for a link to the application when it goes live.


Have more questions?

If you have more questions, ask a career coordinator or administrator at your school.