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Provide a life-changing experience to a high school student who lives in the City of Richardson or attends Richardson ISD and invest in Richardson's future workforce by sponsoring an intern fellow at your workplace or a local nonprofit this summer.

Educators agree - one of the most powerful ways for students to make the connection between a college education and great career is to gain exposure to a professional workplace. The Richardson Mayor's Summer Internship Program has become a national model for its pioneering work in providing paid summer internships to eligible students, many who will be the first in their families to attend college.

The program is endorsed by Richardson Mayor, City Council members, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Richardson ISD and leaders, plus Fortune 100 companies, successful small businesses and top nonprofits.

Employers have several options for participating in the Richardson Mayor's Summer Internship Program:



Businesses and organizations of every size are encouraged to provide a paid internship for at least one intern from June 10 - August 2, 2019. Internships, running 20 to 40 hours per week and paying a minimum of $10 per hour, should provide a real-life experience in the workplace where the student performs meaningful work assignments, shadows executives, observes company operations, and has personal contact with managers and executives regarding future career paths in the industry. Employers will interview students – that they have pre-selected from the program’s online resume portal – at the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program’s Job Fair on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

COMMITMENT OVERVIEW AND COST: Pay a program fee of $500 per intern and place the intern on your payroll for 20-40 hours per week at a minimum of $10 per hour during the eight-week internship. Attend the end-of-the-program Celebration Luncheon with your intern(s) in late August. Employers will be provided one ticket to attend the luncheon. Additional tickets can be purchased for $75 each. Sponsor tables are available and range from $1,000 - $5,000.

(Intern program fee covers intern’s participation in 32 hours of workforce and work-readiness training, participation in the Job Fair, Community Service Day, and includes a ticket for intern and supervisor to attend the program’s Celebration Luncheon in late August.)



Businesses and organizations also can underwrite an intern to work at a participating local nonprofit. This is a wonderful option for organizations unable to sponsor an intern at their place of business or for those wanting to support a nonprofit. Businesses and organizations may choose the nonprofit from a list of the program’s participating area nonprofits. If the desired nonprofit your organization is wanting to support is not on the list, the program will reach out to gauge their interest in participating.

COMMITMENT OVERVIEW AND COST:Businesses may choose number of hours to sponsor – 20 hours/week for 8 weeks is $2,420 per intern, 30 hours/week for 8 weeks is $3,380 per intern, and 40 hours/week is $4,340 per intern. Costs include the intern’s $10 hourly pay, plus an additional $2 per hour to cover payroll and administrative costs associated with placing intern on the nonprofit’s payroll, and a $500 per intern program fee. Luncheon tickets for the sponsored intern, one nonprofit representative, and one sponsor representative will be provided to attend the end-of-the-program Celebration Luncheon.



To provide additional support for the internship program, there are several program sponsorships available. Currently, the program is seeking sponsors to underwrite student workforce and work-readiness trainings, the Job Fair, Community Service Day, Celebration Luncheon, and other special student enrichment programs and events. Program sponsorships begin at $5,000 and include various sponsor benefits.

For more information, please contact Angela Shellene with The Reeds PRC at ashellene@thereedsprc.com or 214-871-0783.