The Internship Program has the potential to change the lives of participating high school students. For some, an internship results in a job offer. Others meet and network with people who can provide career guidance. And sometimes the money from the internship becomes a key component of their family’s income.

The program started as a pilot in 2019, funded by Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and partnering with several Rural Action program areas, Project RISE, Building Bridges to Careers, and several local school districts. The five internships in that pilot program had grown to 24 in the summer of 2020.

For more information about paid internships for high school students, contact Rural Action Environmental Education Director Joe Brehm.