What is the PrepareRI Internship Program?
The PrepareRI Internship Program provides paid summer internships for current high school juniors attending Rhode Island public schools. Successful student candidates will be matched to internship opportunities based on motivation and interest.
We DO NOT require a certain grade point average (GPA) or attendance record. We believe in creating access to high-quality work-based learning opportunities for students of all abilities.
The PrepareRI Internship Program is fully funded by the Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board and private foundation and is operated by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI).
Phase 1: Application
November 1, 2019: Online application opens
December 31, 2019: Application due by 11:59 pmJanuary 10, 2020: Application deadline extended! Apply by 11:59 pm on 1/10/20.
January 10, 2020: Decisions for Phase 2 advancement
Phase 2: Orientations & In-School Interviews
January 13 – February 14, 2020: Mandatory student/parent/guardian orientation sessions.
February 17 – March 20, 2020: In-school student interviews with SkillsRI
March 23 – April 3, 2020: Decisions for Phase 3 advancement
Phase 3: Employer Matching & Final Selection
March 3, 2020 – May 29, 2020: Student matching and employer interviews
May 29, 2020: Final decisions
May 22, 2020 – June 19, 2020: Matched students and employer onboarding
Phase 4: Internship
June 22 – 26, 2020: Work-readiness boot camp (Group 1)
June 29 – July 3, 2020: Work readiness boot camp (Group 2)
June 29 – August 21, 2020: Internship take place.
August 20, 2020: Graduation day
- Paid summer internships for 375 high school juniors (rising seniors) in Summer 2020
- Students selected will earn $11.25/hour and may earn up to 4 college credits
- Internships are 25 – 35 hours/week based on employer need and capacity
- Interns must commit to a minimum of 150 hours and a maximum of 240 hours worked AND a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 8 weeks between June 29 – August 21, 2020
- Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) to serve as the intermediary assisting employers and students throughout the program
- Motivated and prepared students, vetted by SkillsRI to match the skills employers need; employers are invited to interview and select students
- Students go through week-long 40-hour work-readiness “boot camp” to prepare for internships
- Integral part of the Governor’s commitment to prepare all students for college and career through high-quality work-based learning experiences
|Mallory Alves, Mount Hope High School, Care New England ||Christopher Teng, East Greenwich High, Hasbro
|Caroline Creamer, South Kingstown High, Westerly Education Center |
Sample Internship Placements
What should you expect from SkillsRI?
SkillsRI was selected by the Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board to serve as the statewide career intermediary to develop and administer the PrepareRI Internship Program. SkillsRI is responsible for reviewing student applications, selecting students and matching them with employers. For the PrepareRI Internship Program, SkillsRI will serve as the employer of record and all students accepted into the program will be directly employed by SkillsRI. SkillsRI will also serve as the single point of contact for employers, schools, students and parents/guardians.
PrepareRI Internship Program Goals
SkillsRI anticipates an expansion of the PrepareRI Internship Program and has set the following goals for the summer of 2020. With support of RI-GWB, SkillsRI plans to place at least 375 students and begin to work on high-quality year-round work-based learning opportunities with RI public high schools.”
Contact SkillsRI at 401-680-5960 or firstname.lastname@example.org