As we approach the one-year mark since COVID-19 arrived in North Texas, Richardson leaders believe it’s more critical than ever that local teens receive life-changing summer employment opportunities. With the support of local businesses and nonprofits, Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker and Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone are kicking off another year of the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. The program, presented by the City of Richardson, RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, runs from June 3-Aug. 6. The deadline for businesses to sign up is April 8. Entering its fourth year, the program will offer full- and part-time internships – remote, onsite or a combination of both – paying a minimum of $10 per hour to qualifying high school juniors who attend Richardson ISD or live in the City of Richardson. Richardson Chamber CEO Bill Sproull is urging businesses to get involved, so that more students can benefit from this invaluable experience. Whether in person or virtual, interns will learn crucial soft skills – from workplace etiquette (including how to navigate a virtual environment) to teamwork and adaptability – while businesses and nonprofits benefit from the fresh perspective of our future workforce. In addition to hosting students at their workplace, businesses can also sponsor an intern at a participating nonprofit, where students will likely engage with frontline workers providing critical services during the pandemic. Also, student applications are being accepted now through March 12. The program is open to high school juniors who have at least a 2.5 GPA and are eligible to work in the U.S. In addition, students are required to attend one of two workforce trainings on March 27 or March 31. To sign up and learn more, go to rmsip.org. For details, contact Angela Shellene at ashellene@thereedsprc.com or 214-871-0783.