RICHARDSON – The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program (RMSIP) is in full swing with 43 high school students working at 38 different businesses – from corporate offices and nonprofit organizations to jobs at government agencies.

“The program is setup so that students can really learn what it’s like to really go and get a job. They have to interview, they have to put resumes together, they get educated on the whole process of being an employee, how to dress, how to act, all these things are really important,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker.

RMSIP is in its fourth year. It provides high school students an eight-week paid internship where they are exposed to an array of careers and opportunities.

There are four interns working for the City of Richardson. One at the Richardson Public Library, another at the Richardson Fire Department, one working with Information Technology (IT) and the last one at the Richardson Police Department.

“I hope to apply the different things that I learned here into my everyday life such as time management, efficiency, and various techniques such as interview skills,” said Cameron Conard, Plano Senior High School student.

The program is modeled after the prestigious White House Fellows Program and wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of the Richardson business community.

Visit to learn more about the program and how to sign up for next summer.