APPLICATION IS CLOSED
What Happens Next?
Orientations & School Interviews (Phase 2)
Feb 24-Mar 20 Virtual Student/Parent Orientations
Mar 8-Apr 2 SkillsRI Virtual Student Interviews
Apr 5-9 Decisions for Phase 3
Apr 19-Jun 30 Student Career Enhancement
Final Selection & Corporation Assignment (Phase 3)
May 15 Final Decision on Student Selection
May 15-May 28 Student Corporation Assignments
May 17-Jun 28 Student Onboarding
Virtual Internship (Phase 4)
Jul 12-16 Work Readiness Bootcamp
Jul 19-Aug 20 Virtual Internship!
Aug 23-25 Virtual Internship Pitch Competition
Aug 25 Internship Concludes
What is the PrepareRI Internship Program?
2021 internships will be 100% virtual
Applications accepted Jan. 13 – Feb. 15, 2021
Open to high school juniors attending a public high school in RI
Interns will be required to attend a virtual orientation bootcamp
Interns will be paid during their time in the program
The PrepareRI Virtual Internship Program is a “work-based learning experience” for public high school students who are current high school juniors and are planning for college or a career upon graduation. Research suggests work-based learning helps student link learning with classroom instruction, leads to high graduation rates, gives students ownership of their learning and career exploration and helps students develop critical soft skills.
The PrepareRI Virtual Internship Program provides students opportunities to explore careers via virtual project based learning experiences through paid summer internships. It represents a strategic partnership between the Rhode Island government, private industry leaders, the public education system, universities, and non-profits across the state.
PrepareRI Interns learn critical work readiness skills, explore careers and learn about real workplace expectations.
PrepareRI Interns are paid $11.50/hour and can work up to 32 hours per week for 7 weeks during summer of 2021.
PrepareRI Interns make connections with top RI employers and peers. Get a jump start on your career and build your resume.
Mallory Alves, Mount Hope High School, Care New England
Christopher Teng, East Greenwich High, Hasbro
Sample of Past Internship Employer Partners
Virtual Internships as Work-Based Learning
As COVID-19 quickly impacted plans for the 2020 high school internship program, SkillsRI launched an entirely reimagined PrepareRI summer internship program that brought together high school and college interns from across Rhode Island for a real-world view into the evolving work landscape.
The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge presented an engaging virtual internship experience that encompassed gamification and challenges, team-engagement, professional communication and innovative research and design. Interns formed their own student-run corporations, collaborated across remote teams, built and pitched viable solutions that addressed real-world challenges companies and industries are actively facing due to COVID-19.
Visit http://www.empowerinterns.org to view last year’s virtual internship program!