HomeINTERNSHIPSSkills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) PrepareRI High School Internship Program 2023

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) PrepareRI High School Internship Program 2023

Deadline: January 22, 2023 @ 11:59 pm

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) PrepareRI High School Internship Program 2023

The PrepareRI High School Internship Program is a program of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) and is funded by the United States Congress, RI Governor’s Workforce BoardBank of America, and American Student Assistance

The PrepareRI High School Internship Program is a rigorous 7-week work-based learning experience where current Rhode Island public high school juniors, including public charter schools and home school students with identified local LEA, are placed in a paid summer internship during the summer of 2023. We are looking for high school students who are highly motivated to learn and want to explore the world of work. Students selected into the program will make $15.00/hour, and can earn up to $4,200 for the summer.

For the 2023 PrepareRI High School Internship Program, SkillsRI is planning for a placed based internship where interns will be placed with one of SkillsRI’s 180 employer partnerships. An internship may be in-person, virtual or hybrid based on the employer work model.

To ensure the safety of all students and employer partners, SkillsRI will follow the COVID-19 vaccination requirements of its employer partners. If an employer partner has mandated vaccination requirements, interns interested in said employer will need to be fully vaccinated.  

The PrepareRI High School Internship Program is designed for all student learners regardless of ability, learning style, or career interest. To support students with their application, SkillsRI has coaching services available, please click here to schedule a coaching session.


  • Attend a Rhode Island public high school, public charter high school or home school with identified local LEA
  • Current junior in high school (2022/2023 school year)
  • Parental/Guardian consent to participate
  • Rhode Island resident
  • Minimum of 16 years of age by March 1, 2023
  • Complete online PrepareRI High School Internship Application
  • Complete interview with SkillsRI and with employer(s)
  • Attend 40-hour paid work-readiness bootcamp scheduled for June 26 – June 30, 2023 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Complete a minimum of 175 hours of work over a 6-week period between July 10 – August 18, 2023
  • Have a flexible schedule for work during the summer of 2023
  • Eligible to work in the United States


  • Phase 1: Application & Support Services 
    • November 1, 2022: Application period opens and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Get your application in early.
    • November 1, 2022 – April 28, 2023: Student coaching is available to assist with all phases of the application process, including completing the application, resume writing, interview preparation and support with student accommodations. Students must schedule coaching sessions in advance.
    • January 22, 2023Application deadline. Applications are due by 11:59 pm. Incomplete or late applications will NOT BE CONSIDERED 
    • January 31, 2023: Students will be notified if they advance to the initial SkillsRI interviews (Phase 2)
  • Phase 2: Initial SkillsRI Interviews
    • February 6 – March 3, 2023: Student will interview with SkillsRI to determine if they will advance to Orientation (Phase 3)
  • Phase 3:  Orientation 
    • March 6 – March 31, 2023Mandatory student-parent/guardian orientation sessions. Notices with dates will be sent to all eligible applicants
    • April 7, 2023: Students will be notified if they advance to Employer Matching & Final Selection (Phase 4). 
      • Any student who advances to the Employer Matching & Final Selection phase has officially been accepted to the PrepareRI Internship Program
  • Phase 4: Employer Matching & Final Selection
    • April 10 – May 19, 2023: Students will be matched and interview with prospective employers for their internship
    • May 31, 2023: Students will be notified of their final internship placement with an employer
  • Phase 5: Student Program Onboarding 
    • June 1 – July 8, 2023: Students will be required to complete additional employer paperwork
      • Onboarding paperwork will be done on a rolling basis once matched with an employer  
  • Phase 6: Work Readiness Bootcamp and Internship Work Experience  
    • June 26 – July 30, 2023: Mandatory work readiness bootcamp for selected students 
    • July 10 – August 18, 2023: The 6-week internship with employer takes place. Students must complete a minimum of 175 hours of work over this period
    • August 18, 2023: Program Celebration


Application period is open from November 1, 2022 until January 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis; therefore, we strongly encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible. Late applications or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  

You may start and save your application online. To save your application and return to complete later, you will need to create a log-in account. We strongly encourage you to write down your log-in account information and the save your work along the way.

Paper applications will NOT be accepted.  If you need help filling out the application or access to a computer, please contact SkillsRI or your school career coordinator, school guidance counselor or school principal.

SkillsRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and program provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY via RI Relay 711. Language access services in your preferred language can be provided at no cost to you. Call (401) 680-5960 for assistance in the translation and understanding of the information in this document. 

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Israel Wellington Jeremiah
Israel Wellington Jeremiah
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