High school interns on the job in area businesses
The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is under way and experiencing tremendous success.

In just its second year, the program has grown rapidly from 25 internships last year to 43 this year thanks to the 40 participating businesses.

The program provides eight-week, paid internships to high school students who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson.

Rivaling a college-level internship, this invaluable experience gives students a life-changing opportunity by immersing them in the professional workplace, clocking 20-to-40 hours per week and earning a minimum of $10 per hour.

Before the interns’ first day on June 10, they underwent rigorous workforce training as they learned about office etiquette, participated in drills and brushed up on soft skills. They also attended an industry panel where business leaders shared their learnings as past interns.
Up next is the Community Service Day on July 12 at Network of Community Ministries. Mayor Paul Voelker and RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeanie Stone will work alongside the interns as they learn the value of giving back to their community.

While the program concludes Aug. 2, a celebration luncheon for interns and employers is set for Aug. 22 with Mayor Voelker and Dr. Stone.

The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the City and RISD to present this powerful program (and we are thoroughly enjoying hosting our own intern!) Many thanks to the incredible organizations and sponsors who’ve stepped up to ensure a meaningful and unforgettable summer for all involved. Full steam ahead!

Meet the chamber’s summer intern
Fabiana Rey is the chamber’s intern for the summer. She’s already been hard at work supporting events, updating the Discover Richardson website and shooting/editing photos for Tech Titans award nominees. A hopeful sociology major, Fabiana has thus far been at Plano East, but will be finishing her senior year at Lovejoy.
Fabiana will be looking at colleges in the Carolinas in the fall. Besides working at the chamber, she also holds down a part time job at Pie Five and continues her cross-country training. She also speaks Spanish from her parents’ influence and spent her freshman year living in Alicante, Spain.