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Richardson ISD's Professional Internship Program

What is PIP?

The Professional Internship Program (PIP) is an excellent way for high school seniors to gain experience in a career field or industry of their choice. Area businesses sponsor students for a one semester, unpaid internship. This program trains students how to be employable in a professional workplace while learning in a career profession of their choice. PIP is for mature senior students who are eager to learn about careers they are considering for their future.
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How does PIP work?

PIP interns will intern in the morning and then attend school or leave school early to attend their internship. Students must provide their own transportation to and from their internship. PIP is double-blocked and students will receive 1 CTE (Career & Technical Education) school credit. The program offers internships in a variety of fields including accounting, architecture, business, computer science, dentistry, education, engineering, graphic design, journalism, law and public service, marketing, medical, physical therapy, real estate, technology, theatre, veterinary, and many more.

What do PIP interns do?

PIP interns are on-site of the career field of their choice with their sponsors for approximately 6 hours per week, assisting the sponsors with any and all types of work- related activities, in order to provide the students with a snapshot of the daily work environment. Students will attend orientation at the beginning of the semester they are enrolled in the program. During orientation interns will create a resume, cover letter, fill out a job application and learn many more employable skills.
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More Information

Businesses who would like more information on partnering with the program, please contact either Amanda Adams – or Amanda Gulley –

Here are just some of our amazing partners that our interns get to work with...