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Information For Students

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

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.  MCPS prepares students for their experience at host organizations through a mandatory workshop and instruction on expectations for workplace behavior, communication, and customer/colleague interaction. The workshop also includes a financial literacy component where students are taught the importance of being fiscally responsible. Students who complete the program will receive a $300 stipend to cover expenses, such as clothing, food, office supplies and transportation 

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 based on industry availability and geographical region. 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. 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.  Create a private email for hosts to contact you about your participation in the Summer RISE 2020 program.

2.  Verify that you have read the Summer RISE 2020 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 2020 Parent/Guardian Agreement prior to you registering. The Summer RISE 2020 Parent/Guardian Agreement is found on the Summer RISE website.

4.  It is also highly recommended that you complete the MCPS Naviance Career Interest Profiler and the MCPS Naviance Career Cluster Finder in order to help 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).

5. 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 three to four weeks long (60-80 hours) and hosts will determine the number of weeks and hours you will participate and your schedule.

Summer RISE program organizers will email students in May to make them aware of when they should start reading their email daily.  Students will learn about their acceptance and name of their host and location in May/June.

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?