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Information For Students

Summer RISE is a three to four week/60 to 80 hour program for rising MCPS juniors and senior to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer. Students must be available every day from July 6 to July 31, 2020. Program organizers will place students with a business or organization that matches their career interest. Students will be given the opportunity to explore what a job may entail and to see what employers expect. Students will also learn about and be able to practice professional skills companies want students to develop.

Before registering for Summer RISE, it is recommended that students take the Naviance Career Interest Profiler and the Career Cluster Finder to help identify career industries of interest. During the registration process, students will be asked to select three career areas of interest in order of preference. Students will also be asked about their geographical preferences. Program acceptance will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to host availability. While program organizers cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met perfectly, the program seeks to place students with an organization that will teach professional skills that can be used in multiple employment settings. The main program goal is to help students learn about possible career options and to provide experiences that will be useful to students for any career. 

To access Naviance go to: then follow the following steps:

  • Find your school under the “High School” tab
  • Click on your school
  • Sign in with your student Naviance ID and password
  • Click on the “Careers” tab at the top of the page
  • Click on “Careers” in the drop down menu and look for “Explore Careers and Interests”
  • Click on either the “Career Cluster Finder” or the “Career Interest Profiler”
  • Take the assessments
  • Keep your results for reference when you register to participate in Summer RISE

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

1.  Verify that you have read the 2020 Summer RISE Student Agreement.
2.  Have your parent/guardian sign the 2020 Summer RISE Parent/Guardian Consent Form, which you need to have scanned as a .pdf in your documents to attach to your registration.
3.  Review your Naviance Career Interest Profiler and Career Cluster Finder results to guide the career interests you want to explore.
It will take the program organizers a few weeks to let students know if they are accepted into the program, along with the name of their host and host location. Students should keep checking this website and their email for updates.

If you are accepted into the program, you will need to attend a mandatory two-hour workshop on professional skills and financial literacy.
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 in Montgomery County near your school and home

The Summer RISE program provides an opportunity for students to learn about career options they may not have considered before. Businesses/organizations share information about their organizational structure, different departments and types of skill sets needed to work at their company. Summer RISE experiences show students what they need to do to be “career-ready.” Constructive feedback from supportive host supervisors bolsters student confidence and empowers students to take initiative. Summer RISE will provide invaluable insight about career and related post-secondary educational options.

Summer RISE experiences become an on-ramp to career preparation that is critical if students have yet to establish career goals or identify appealing options. An experience like Summer RISE informs student decision making and motivates students, while highlighting skills they need to develop. 

Student experiences included helping to:

  • Develop an app
  • Create a website
  • Design a brochure
  • Assist in setting up biology labs
  • Coordinate a meeting or event
  • Act as a teacher’s aide, supporting a lesson
  • Provide customer service
  • Conduct research
  • Create presentations
  • Perform data maintenance
  • Edit newsletters
  • Support clients as they complete job applications and create resumes
  • Feed lab animals/fish
  • Take care of greenhouse plants
  • Create and edit social media posts
  • Attend business meetings and take minutes
  • Review blueprints to inform building project designs

What have previous student participants said about their Summer RISE experience?