Pre­pareRI in­tern­ship ap­pli­ca­tions now avail­able

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY -

PROV­I­DENCE — Ap­pli­ca­tions for the se­cond year of the Pre­pare Rhode Is­land (Pre­pareRI) In­tern­ship Pro­gram are now avail­able and will be ac­cepted through Feb. 1, 2019. Launched in the sum­mer of 2018, the Pre­pareRI In­tern­ship Pro­gram pro­vides paid sum­mer in­tern­ships to ris­ing high school se­niors, who also have the op­por­tu­nity to earn up to six col­lege cred­its at no cost.

Stu­dents can ap­ply on­line on the Pre­pareRI web­site.

In its first year, 162 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated, work­ing at 46 part­ner com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions statewide. Pre­pareRI In­tern­ship em­ploy­ers rep­re­sent a di­verse ar­ray of in­dus­tries, from health care and fi­nance to tech­nol­ogy and pub­lic pol­icy, in­clud­ing some of the state’s lead­ing busi­nesses, such as Am­gen, Bank of Amer­ica, CVS, Ci­ti­zen’s Bank, FM Global, Has­bro, and Lifes­pan.

“The first year of the Pre­pareRI In­tern­ship Pro­gram was a tremen­dous suc­cess, with stu­dents earn­ing money, gain­ing crit­i­cal work skills, and mak­ing con­nec­tions that will help them as they move for­ward in their ca­reer paths,” said Gov. Gina M. Rai­mondo. “These kinds of hand­son, work-based ex­pe­ri­ences make learn­ing come alive, help­ing to sup­port stu­dents be suc­cess­ful in the class­room, in col­lege, and in the work­force.”

Learn more about the in­tern­ship pro­gram and the ex­pe­ri­ences of last year’s par­tic­i­pants through this short video fea­tur­ing stu­dent tes­ti­mo­ni­als.

The in­tern­ship pro­gram is one com­po­nent of Pre­pareRI, a statewide ini­tia­tive aligned to in­dus­try to pre­pare all Rhode Is­land youth with the skills they need for high­wage, high-growth ca­reers. This com­pre­hen­sive statewide strat­egy also in­cludes dual and con­cur­rent en­roll­ment early col­lege op­por­tu­ni­ties, ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion, Ad­vanced Place­ment and the Ad­vanced Course Net­work, among oth­ers.

The ini­tia­tive rep­re­sents a strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween Rhode Is­land gov­ern­ment, pri­vate in­dus­try lead­ers, the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, uni­ver­si­ties, and non-prof­its across the state. The Gov­er­nor’s Work­force Board (GWB) is one of the agen­cies help­ing to co­or­di­nate the Pre­pareRI work over­all, and they are the lead agency for the Pre­pareRI In­tern­ship.

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