Summer RISE for Students


Summer RISE provides students with a career-based opportunity to engage in hands-on learning related to their field of interest.

Summer RISE is a four week/50-hour summer program for rising MCPS juniors and senior that are in-person, virtual or a combination of the two experiences.

Students must be available every weekday from July 5 to July 29, 2022.

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Summer RISE 2022

Important Dates

Student Registration


Summer RISE Program

July 5 - July 29

Closing Ceremony

July 29

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Why Participate in Summer RISE?


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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
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Participating students who complete the program will:

  • Receive a stipend, if funded
  • Receive a 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

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

Kwasi K. (2018 Summer RISE Participant)

Registering for Summer RISE


Before Registering

  1. Create a private email for hosts to contact you about your participation in the Summer RISE 2022 program.
  2. Verify that you have read the Summer RISE 2022 Student Agreement.
  3. Confirm permission from your parent/guardian to participate in Summer RISE. Your parent/guardian should read the Summer RISE 2022 Parent/Guardian Agreement prior to you registering.
  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 (50 hours) and hosts will determine your schedule, the number of weeks and your hours.
  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).


  1. Determine your top 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. 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.
  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 April/May. The host will determine the schedule with their student.
  4. Students will be placed with a business or organization that matches their career interest. 
  5. If you are accepted into the program, you will need to attend a mandatory workshop on professional skills and financial literacy and join the Summer RISE Canvas classroom.

Summer RISE experiences

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, taking minutes
  • Coordinating a meeting or event
  • Conducting research
  • Creating a website
  • Creating presentations
  • Creating and editing 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

Hosts and Partners