Internships lead to career success

Quality internships enable high school scholars and college students to explore various career paths, network with career professionals and build resumes based on relevant experience. We have placed students in over 500 internships since 2007.



Of graduates who complete a paid summer internship will receive a job offer.


The average starting salaries of graduates who participate in paid internships are 28% higher than their peers.

Impact to our scholars


Active professional work environment


Compensation at or above state minimum wage


One-on-one mentorship with professionals


Job shadowing opportunities


A few organizations who offer internships to our scholars

High school internship

Each summer from July to August, internships allow our high school scholars to study and practice leadership, enabling them to develop high self-efficacy and discipline. They bring new perspectives to their workplace and enhance the level of creativity and innovation within an organization. To offer a high school internship, please email Marilyn Lopez or call (832) 692-4293.

“Some of the most important mentors I have are from internships that I have gotten through Rainier Scholars.”

Sallie Lau, Cohort III, Garfield High School, Williams College, class of 2015, Kantar Retail

College internships

The College Internship program supports students in becoming strong candidates for college-level summer internships that run from May to September each year. We host three mandatory events during the school year that focus on topics around résumés, cover letters, interview skills, networking and internship success.  In addition to connecting students with internships offered by our partners, we also encourage them to attend internship fairs on their own campuses.

To offer a college internship, please email Steph Salazar or call (206) 407-2116.

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