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Richardson business leaders support local high schoolers with internships

Richardson business leaders have stepped up time and again to support local students.

One of the most successful programs around is the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program.
The program, presented by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, the City of Richardson and Richardson Independent School District, is now in its fourth year.

The program runs from June 3-Aug. 6. The deadline for businesses to sign up is April 15.
Chamber CEO Bill Sproull is urging business members to get involved by hosting or sponsoring an intern.

Individual volunteers also are needed. For the first time, volunteers will help students develop resumes and offer critiques in early April. Other volunteers are needed to help with mock interviews and with the job fair in late April. Sign up here.

The intern program will offer full- and part-time internships – remote, onsite or a combination of both – paying a minimum of $10 per hour to qualifying high school juniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson.

Whether in person or virtual, interns will learn crucial soft skills – from workplace etiquette (including how to navigate a virtual environment) to teamwork and adaptability – while businesses and nonprofits benefit from the fresh perspective of our future workforce.

When businesses sponsor an intern at a participating nonprofit, they will likely engage with frontline workers providing critical services during the pandemic recovery period. 

To sign up and learn more, go to rmsip.org. For details, contact Angela Shellene at ashellene@thereedsprc.com or 214-871-0783. 

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