Summer RISE Information

for Students

Through the Summer RISE program, students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities related to their field of interest. These opportunities help inform student decision making about life after high school.

Summer RISE is a four week/40-hour program for rising MCPS juniors and senior to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer, in-person, virtual or a combination of the two.

Students must be available every weekday from July 5 to July 30, 2021. The host will determine the schedule with each student, including if the opportunity is in-person and/or virtual.

MCPS Summer RISE Program

Why Participate in Summer RISE?

Through Summer RISE students will:

  • Learn about a career and workplace expectations
  • Engage in hands-on learning opportunities related to your field of interest
  • Determine if the career is an area of interest to pursue in the future
  • Develop professional skills that can be applied in multiple workplace settings
  • Build a network of mentors to support your career path

Participating students who complete the program will:

  • Receive a $300 stipend
  • Receive an MCPS Certificate of Completion
  • Learn about a career of interest and what it entails
  • Learn about professional skills employers would like future employees to have
  • Learn about career opportunities available

Students will be placed with a business or organization that matches their career interest. While program organizers cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met, the program seeks to place students with an organization that will teach professional skills that can be used in multiple employment settings.

“Summer RISE did impact my career path. At first I wanted to be a pharmacist, but having that firsthand experience seeing their responsibilities and duties made me rethink [this path]. It wasn't that I felt incapable, it just saw it wasn't something I'd be passionate about. I'm hoping to become a computer programmer after completing college.”

“The most important skill I learned from Summer RISE pertains to interacting with people. I'm shy sometimes and Summer RISE made me work on being more sociable and proactive. I know the skills I've acquired in this program will most definitely help me in my future endeavors.”

“I feel like Summer RISE is definitely a great experience to help kids understand what it means to be a part of the work force.”

- Kwasi K. (2018 Summer RISE Participant)

Summer RISE experiences can include, but are not limited to:

  • Acting as a teacher’s aide, supporting a lesson
  • Assisting in setting up biology labs
  • Attending business meetings and take minutes
  • Coordinating a meeting or event
  • Conducting research
  • Creating a website
  • Creating presentations
  • Creating and edit social media posts
  • Designing a brochure
  • Developing an app
  • Editing newsletters
  • Feeding lab animals/fish
  • Participating in organizational, team or individual meetings
  • Providing customer service
  • Performing data maintenance
  • Reviewing blueprints to inform building project designs
  • Supporting clients as they complete job applications and create resumes
  • Taking care of greenhouse plants

Registering for Summer RISE

Before Registering

Before starting the registration process, you will need to do the following steps:

  1. Create a private email for hosts to contact you about your participation in the Summer RISE 2021 program.
  2. Verify that you have read the Summer RISE 2021 Student Agreement found on the website.
  3. Confirm permission from your parent/guardian to participate in Summer RISE. Your parent/guardian should have read the Summer RISE 2021 Parent/Guardian Agreement prior to you registering. The Summer RISE 2021 Parent/Guardian Agreement is found on the Summer RISE website.
  4. Confirm that you will be available during the month of July, between 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program will be four weeks long (40 hours) and hosts will determine the number of weeks and hours you will participate and your schedule.
  5. It is recommended that you complete the Naviance Career Interest Profiler and the Career Cluster Finder to help identify career industries of interest to inform the experiences you wish to seek this upcoming summer.
    • If you need help accessing these resources in Naviance, please see your school counselor or College/Career Information Coordinator (CCIC).


During and after registration, you will need to do the following steps:

  1. Select three career areas of interest, geographic preferences and virtual/in-person opportunities in order of preference. Program acceptance will be based on industry availability, type of program offering and geographical region.
  2. Summer RISE program organizers will email students in May to make them aware of when they should start reading their email daily.
  3. Students will learn about their acceptance and name of their host and location in May/June.
  4. If you are accepted into the program, you will need to attend a mandatory two-hour workshop on professional skills and financial literacy.