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Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program Recap Video – “Interns on the Job” (August 2019)

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2019 RECAP

Just a week after schools were back in session, 41 teens who participated in the second-annual Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program were honored by Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker at a celebratory luncheon on Aug. 22 at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.

In just its second year, the program has grown from 24 internships and 24 employers/sponsors in its first year to 41 internships and 45 employers/sponsors today.

“The students were given an invaluable opportunity to experience a professional workplace, something that will be an important stepping stone as they look toward college and careers,” said Mayor Voelker. “I deeply appreciate the incredible businesses and nonprofits who’ve come on board and hope we can recruit even more organizations next year.”

The interns, who worked 20-40 hours per week at some of the area’s top businesses and nonprofits, got to experience internships rivaling those provided to college-age students. The internships ran June 10-Aug. 2, and the students earned a minimum of $10 per hour.

Before their eight-week stints began, the students participated in training to prepare for the competitive Job Fair April 25, when 125 students vied for one of 41 coveted placements. Once they received their official job offers, the students underwent an additional 35 hours of workforce and work-readiness training. Midway through the summer, the interns attended Community Service Day at the Network of Community Ministries where they sorted food donations, stocked the pantry and more. The purpose of the day was to help students realize the importance of giving back to their community.

There were many success stories! Elizabeth Sarinana, a senior at J.J. Pearce High School, interned at the City of Richardson in the Office of Emergency Management. Working 30 hours a week, Elizabeth was stationed in the fire training center where her tasks involved proofreading, creating notebooks for training, updating older materials for the Office of Emergency Management, and attending meetings with supervisors who work in emergency management.

Alberto De La Cruz, a senior at Richardson High School, enjoyed working at Reliable Chevrolet where he gained experience in a variety of departments, from sales and finance, to the body shop, to interacting with the porters who moved and delivered cars. Not only did the dealership pay for him to attend a sales training course, Alberto learned how to meet and great people, take orders, work at the cashier, sell and sort stock, and more.

Another Richardson High School senior, Abdullah Ahmad, spent his summer at Durkin Enterprises, LLC, where his responsibilities ranged from working on the website and running network cables, to determining signage for new buildings. He also was introduced to financial skills and business negotiations. He intended to major in computer science and cybersecurity, but is now considering a business degree.

And Lake Highland High School senior Cynthia Ilichie worked at ARGO in the HR department where she was assigned to the corporate office’s refresh/facilities project. She learned all about recruiting, networking and even technical writing, a field she is now may pursue in college.

Thanks go to the fantastic sponsors including Texas Instruments; Central Market; Golden Tree Restaurants, LLC and its restaurants Texadelphia and Golden Chick; as well as the program facilitator Education is Freedom and partners Richardson ISD, City of Richardson and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

Internship partners were Alliance Architects, Inc.; ARGO; ASSA ABLOY Hospitality; Atmos Energy; Atrium Hospitality/Renaissance Richardson; City of Richardson, Communications Department; City of Richardson, Information Technology Department; City of Richardson, Library Services; City of Richardson, Office of Emergency Management; Corgan; Dallas Chinese Community Center; Durkin Enterprises LLC; Eisemann Center for Performing Arts; First Baptist Richardson; GEICO; Golden Tree Restaurants LLC; JHP Architecture/Urban Design; KDC Real Estate Development & Investments; Lee Lewis Construction, Inc.; LPX, CPA’s; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Mr. and Mrs. Catherine and Daniel Burdette; Network of Community Ministries; PAJ Inc; PBK; Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP; Perkins & Will; Reliable Chevrolet; Richardson Chamber of Commerce; Richardson ISD, Communications & Public Affairs; Richardson ISD, CTE Department; Richardson ISD, Facilities Services Department; Richardson ISD, Human Resources Department; Richardson ISD, Network Services; Richardson ISD, Professional Learning Department; Richardson ISD, Superintendent's Office; Richardson Symphony Orchestra; Richland College; RISD Excellence in Education Foundation; The University of Texas at Dallas; and The Westin Galleria Dallas.

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