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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 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 summer internship for at least one intern. Internships, running 10 to 40 hours per week and paying a minimum of $10 per hour, can be virtual, onsite, or a combination of both and 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 be able to interview students – who they have pre-selected from the program’s online resume portal – during the program’s virtual Job Fair on Thursday, April 29.

COMMITMENT OVERVIEW AND COST: Place the intern on your payroll for 10-40 hours per week at a minimum of $10 per hour during the internship. Attend the end-of-the-program Celebration Luncheon in August with your intern (date TBD).



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 – 10 hours/week for 8 weeks is $1,110 per intern, 20 hours/week for 8 weeks is $2,070 per intern, 30 hours/week for 8 weeks is $3,030 per intern, and 40 hours/week is $3,990 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 $50 luncheon ticket 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 $2,500 and include various sponsor benefits.

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