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The mission of the Richardson Mayor's Internship Program is to build and empower its future workforce by providing motivated high school students with meaningful, eight-week paid summer internships at businesses, nonprofits and government entities. These life-changing internships – for rising seniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson – immerse young people into a professional work environment, expose them to an array of careers and opportunities, and allow them to gain new insights as they prepare for college and careers.


Making a difference in the lives of young people, the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship program for high school students who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson.

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 part time or full time 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.

To apply and qualify, students must be at least 16 years of age and a Junior living in the City of Richardson or attending Richardson ISD schools. Students must also have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, receive a letter of recommendation from their campus leadership, complete a Workforce Essentials Training in March and be able to work in the United States.

After students qualify, they then will compete in a real-world Job Fair with prospective employers on April 29. Upon landing a position, interns undergo additional work-readiness training on June 1-2 provided by nonprofit, Education is Freedom (EIF) to insure success in their internships, which run June - August.

The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is open to businesses of every size – from corporate headquarters and mid-sized businesses, to professional firms and startups.

Businesses are encouraged to invest in Richardson’s future workforce by sponsoring an intern (or several) at their workplace, sponsoring an intern at a nonprofit of their choice, and/or signing up as a program sponsor. For questions or additional information on sponsoring an intern, contact Angela Shellene with The Reeds PRC at ashellene@thereedsprc.com or 214-871-0783.

Students are encouraged to apply online by March 12, 2021. Designed and implemented by nonprofit Education is Freedom (EIF), the program provides extensive work-readiness training, support and management to all students who apply for the program. For questions or more information on the student application process, please contact Shannon Page with Education is Freedom at info@rmsip.org or 469-398-1470.