PrepareRI Internship Program

Information for Students


What is the Prepare ri internship program?

The PrepareRI Internship Program provides paid summer internships for rising public high school seniors in Rhode Island.  An outside organization (to be selected in early March 2018) will match students with internship placements based on fit, preparedness, and skill. 


Why should I do a Prepare ri internship?

  • 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 rising 12th grade student enrolled in a RI public school (i.e., the student will enroll in 12th grade in fall 2018)
  • be 16 years of age or older
  • live in Rhode Island
  • be eligible to work in the US (by June 1, 2018) and have proper documentation,
  • complete the online application

The PrepareRI Internships application will be posted in early March 2018


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.  While we’re not able to share specific employer names at this time before our intermediary is on board, employers will be located across the state and in the industries listed below.  The intermediary will be tasked with matching 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 the intermediary will take those preferences into account during the matching process.

  • Education
  • Finance and Banking
  • Food and Hospitality
  • 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 the intermediary 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 and what will it look like?

The student application is under development and will open in early March as an online application.  Students can expect to answer questions around the following topics:

  • Contact information for themselves and a parent/guardian
  • Ability to provide documentation for work eligibility
  • Career interests and relevant skills, including language skills
  • Past employment experience, if applicable
  • Transportation plan
  • Essay questions regarding interest in the program and motivation for applying

Students will also need to identify two references to complete an online form: one professional reference (ex. employer supervisor or teacher) and one character reference (ex. mentor, coach, community leader).


Have more questions?

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