Mayor kicks off Summer Internship Program


Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker kicks off Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program and recruits businesses to provide internships

Calling it an educational initiative “to help build our future workforce,” Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker kicked off the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, which provides eight-week, paid internships to high school students who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson. Mayor Voelker is now recruiting area businesses through April 1 to sponsor interns at their workplace or an area nonprofit. Sign up now at rmsip.org.
 
Joining Mayor Voelker for the launch were Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Jeannie Stone, superintendent of Richardson ISD. The program – a partnership between the City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the Richardson Independent School District – provides a direct connection between employers and the future workforce. Launched in 2018, the dynamic program introduces rising seniors to careers and employment opportunities in industries and companies where they have expressed interest.
Students are immersed in a professional environment, working 20-to-40 hours per week and earning a minimum of $10 per hour. The teens gain exposure to exciting careers, shadow top executives, experience real-world opportunities, and benefit from networking and meaningful, mentoring relationships that last beyond the summer.
 
“Our inaugural year of the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program was a success, and our first class of interns gained incredible experiences in the workplace, explored new careers and learned new skills,” said Mayor Voelker. “Best of all, they finished the summer with a boost in confidence, connection to mentors, and a more concrete, optimistic outlook as they approach college and their careers.”
 
The internship program runs June 10-Aug. 2, with a Job Fair on April 25, and a celebratory luncheon for interns and employers on Aug. 22 with Mayor Voelker and Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone.
 
“This program builds powerful relationships between our young people and our employers. Our businesses have so much to share, so we strongly encourage Richardson business leaders make a life-changing difference in our youth by sponsoring interns at their workplace or at a nonprofit,” said Sproull.
 
Employers are asked to provide at least one eight-week summer internship for a student for 20-40 hours weekly, pay the interns the recommended minimum rate of $10 per hour, and pay a program fee of $500 per intern, which covers the intern’s participation in workforce and work-readiness training, the Job Fair, Community Service Day and other expenses. Employers will interview students – that they have pre-selected from the program’s online resume portal – at the Job Fair.
 
“These experiences were particularly meaningful to our students who need it most,” said Dr. Stone. “Some of these students will be the first person in their family to attend college. To them, becoming part of the day-to-day operations at a telecom headquarters or large healthcare company or an architectural firm can be a game-changing opportunity that inspires them to expand their own career dreams.”

Mayor Voelker also is seeking program sponsors for the job fair, student workforce trainings, community service project and luncheon.

Additionally, recruitment is underway through March 22 for high school juniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson, have at least a 2.5 GPA and are eligible to work in the U.S.

Learn more and sign up at rmsip.org or contact Angela Shellene at ashellene@thereedsprc.com or 214-871-0783. 

A video of the presentation is available here.