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Student FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer R.I.S.E. (Real Interesting Summer Experience) is a locally funded initiative led by WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. (WSM), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and supported by county and state government partners, local businesses and nonprofit organizations that provides rising Montgomery County juniors and seniors with enriching summer career development experiences. The 2018 Summer R.I.S.E. will run from July 9-27, 2018. The experience is designed to introduce you to the structure of your host organization and their industry, let you see how technology supports their work, and show you general employer expectations related to communications, teamwork, customer service and work habits. As a Summer R.I.S.E. participant, you will earn a stipend, complete brief online and in-person instructional programs to learn some fundamentals of financial literacy, and best practices that will prepare you for a productive summer and for success in future college and/or career endeavours.
Any rising high school junior or senior from Montgomery County may register after completing an online and in-person instructional activity/trainings.
Check back here on April 16 when students can start registering for Summer R.I.S.E.
Yes, you will need parental consent to complete your registration if you are under 18. You can access the consent document through the registration portal after you complete the required online training course. Your parent/guardian may sign the document electronically or download, print, and sign the printed copy. Once it is printed and signed, submit the consent form to your school’s College and Career Information Coordinator.
You must complete brief online and in-person workplace skills and expectations trainings in order to register for the program. These mini workshops provide a useful summary of fundamental financial literacy terms and ideas and to share basic workplace best practices and expectations that prepare you for a productive summer and college and career success.
A Summer R.I.S.E. host is a local business, nonprofit, or government agency that agrees to host students for a three week summer career experience. Hosts create an experience that shows students how they operate and assign supervisors who provide feedback and to teach program participants what it’s like to work in their sector and worksite. This is a hands-on learning experience that helps you learn about career/work options you may want to pursue in the future.
When you log on the Summer R.I.S.E. portal, you will answer questions that will be used to match you to host organization located near you . While we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met perfectly, we will seek to place you with an organization that will teach you some transferable skills that align with your interests. Our goal is to help you learn about possible career options, provide experience that will be useful no matter where you hope to work or study , and help you prepare for success after high school.
You should be certain that you will be available approximately 20 hours per week for all three weeks in the July 9 to July 27 Summer R.I.S.E. 2018 program window. You and the host manager will determine a schedule for you to work at your host organization on a variety of projects that allow you to learn-by-doing. You’ll receive feedback and guidance from an experienced supervisor who can help you immerse yourself in your work. Typically, Summer R.I.S.E. participants spend about four hours a day during the week, but schedules are flexible and determined by students and supervisors once the match is made.
Following the three-week career experience, WSM and MCPS will host the Summer R.I.S.E. 2018 Celebration for students, hosts, sponsors, and partners on Friday, July 27. Look for a special invitation in your email to this special event.