Paving the way to a successful future for our youth, the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program immerses current high school juniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in Richardson into the professional workplace with internships at some of the area’s top businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.
The eight-week program, which runs June 6-August 5, is presented by Mayor Paul Voelker and the City of Richardson, Richardson ISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Since launching in 2018, the dynamic initiative has connected dozens of employers and organizations with the up-and-coming workforce while introducing students to a multitude of careers as they embark on their final year of high school.
New this year, the program will offer paid and unpaid internships, providing more opportunities for students to experience first-hand a career they want to explore. Internships, which range from 10-40 hours per week, are in the fields of technology, manufacturing, marketing/communications, architecture, hospitality, construction, philanthropy and more.
Students who take advantage of these eight-week placements walk away with a broadened and more sophisticated perspective, new capabilities, important connections and a definite jumpstart as they pursue their college and career goals, while businesses and nonprofits benefit by tapping into the up-and-coming workforce.
The deadline for students to apply is March 17. The program is open to current high school juniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson; have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA; are 16 years of age by June 1, 2022; and are eligible to work in the U.S. In addition, students are required to attend a workforce skills training to be eligible to participate in the program’s Job Fair on Tuesday, April 26, at the Eisemann Center. Hired interns must attend two days of work-readiness training prior to June 6.
The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is open to businesses of every size – from corporate headquarters and mid-sized organizations to boutique firms and nonprofits. There are three ways for businesses to participate and invest in Richardson’s future workforce: hire intern(s) at their workplace, sponsor intern(s) at a nonprofit of their choice or sign up as a program sponsor. Businesses can sign up now through April 1.