Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Kicks Off Mayor's Intern Fellows Program

Kelli Wiese
January 15, 2019 - 4:20 pm
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says now's the time to sign up for the mayor's intern fellows program.

The program, in its 12th year, provides summer internships for the Dallas and Richardson public school districts and public charter high school students.

Mayor Rawlings says, "to see the transformation of these young men and women is just remarkable. My passion for this program comes after hearing the wonderful stories from students who have gained tremendously from being immersed into a professional workplace. I'm sure Dallas' next mayor will be as passionate about this program as I am."

Since its inception in 2008, Over 2,500 Dallas ISD, Richardson ISD and public charter high school students at 56 schools have participated in the program. The 2018 edition of the program saw over 2,300 high school students apply for internships.

Mayor Rawlings is asking businesses to increase the number of interns at their workplace and to recruit vendors, customers, clients and neighboring businesses. And if a company cannot sponsor an intern at their business, they can underwrite an intern to work at a local nonprofit agency or come on board as a program sponsor. To sign up, go to mayorsinterns.org by March 1.

Students have until Jan. 31 to submit their applications for an internship. Interns will make at least $10 an hour working 20-to-40 hour weeks. The eight-week internships will begin June 10  and conclude August 2.

The students get exposure to a variety of fields, including technology, healthcare, law, finance and accounting, education, the nonprofit sector, advertising/marketing/public relations, engineering, manufacturing and hospitality, and many more.