Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with local businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations. It is a three to four week/60 to 80 hour program for rising MCPS juniors and seniors to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer. Each host teaches students about their organization and how it functions as a whole, then helps the student learn about careers within their organization. The experience exposes students to career field options and provides students with advice from adults in careers they may want to consider.

This program 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. Students will also be able to learn about and build upon professional skills determined by the business community as important skills to know.

Many students do not have a clear understanding about careers, the requirements needed to pursue the career and what specific careers entail day in and day out. Students also do not have a sense of starting salaries. Summer RISE exposes students to career fields and gives businesses and organizations an opportunity to explore the MCPS student talent pool. 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 completed the program in 2019 were provided with a $300 stipend to cover expenses, such as clothing, food, office supplies and transportation (details are still being determined for summer 2020).

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12am Monday, March 18 – midnight, Friday, March 29 

Student Registration

March - May 17

Host Registration - Now Closed

March - May

Host Approval

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
CESC (850 Hungerford Drive) 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Summer RISE Professional Clothing Drive (In Partnership with A Wider Circle)

May 13 - May 31

Students to hear about preliminary placement

May - June

Host and Student Matching


Required Student Workshops


Required Host Orientations

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 26

Summer RISE Program

Friday, July 26

Closing Celebration

Student and Host Spotlights

Frequently Asked Questions

for Hosts

Hosts invite students to their work location to teach students about their business/organization and industry/sector. Experiencing the operations of your organization or a particular career provides opportunities for hands-on learning about a career.

Summer RISE experiences should bolster participants’ awareness of what they need to do to be career-ready. We invite hosts to provide constructive feedback to students, as well as guidance about student career interests.

Hosts can register using the link provided on this website. Please note before you submit your registration, you will need to review and agree to the 2020 Summer RISE Host Agreement.

The Summer RISE team will review registrations and confirm with hosts if they have been approved on a rolling basis.

Businesses/organizations can host students at more than one site. If there are multiple sites, each host at each site will be required to participate in the host orientation.

Individual donors, businesses and organizations are welcome to make a philanthropic contribution to support the educational components of Summer RISE. Gifts/contributions can be made through the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Maryland corporation. Gifts/contributions can be made online here https://www.mcpsfoundation.org/pages/our-programs/summer-rise or by check made payable to the “MCPS Educational Foundation,” noting “Summer RISE” in the memo line and mailing it to the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1007, Rockville, MD 20849-1007.  

To discuss your gift/contribution in further detail, please call the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc. office at 240-740-3216 or by emailing Ed_Foundation@mcpsmd.org.

During Summer RISE, you can email Davida Gurstelle at Davida_Gurstelle@mcpsmd.org.  At the end of Summer RISE, you can respond to the brief survey MCPS distributes to hosts.

The Summer RISE 2020 will run for a three to four weeks from July 6 to July 21, 2020. Each organization works with its students to set their schedules. Each Career Experience Host will ask Summer RISE participants to engage in activities 20 hours a week, no more than 8 hours a day, no more than 30 hours a week and a maximum of 60 hours over the three weeks. Each Career Experience Host will not allow Summer RISE participants to start their day before 7 a.m. or end past 6 p.m. Additionally, each Career Experience Host agrees not to allow any minor to engage in activities for more than five continuous hours without a 30-minute break. Hosts will validate at the end of the program that the student has completed 60 hours.

In addition to the initial host orientation, Davida Gurstelle and the MCPS Partnerships Unit staff, will serve as points of contact during the three-week period for all hosts and student participants.

There will be a closing celebration. Details to follow.

Students are responsible for their own transportation. If funding is available, we will be providing Ride On bus passes and Metro fare cards to students who need assistance with transportation.

All staff members who will be in contact with students should watch the video. Each person who completes the training module will receive a confirmation that their training is good for three years.

Frequently Asked Questions

for Students

You can email summer-rise@mcpsmd.org or call the MCPS Partnerships Unit at 240-740-5599.

Any 2020-2021 high school junior or senior enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools may register and will be expected to attend a mandatory in-person professional skills and financial literacy workshop.

Students will need to submit the signed 2020 Summer RISE Parent/Guardian Consent Form as part of your registration process. Students should have a signed consent form saved in their documents as a .pdf so you are ready to upload it during your registration process. If you need assistance, please contact a school counselor or your College and Career Information Coordinator.


You will be required to attend a professional skills and financial literacy workshop to learn about workplace skills and expectations. The workshop will help prepare you for your summer experience, will tell you what you need to know about being a Summer RISE participant and will give you an opportunity to meet program staff. Students who have participated in Summer RISE in the past will be required to attend this workshop.

Before registering for Summer RISE, you should take the Naviance Career Interest Profiler and the Career Cluster Finder to help you identify career industries of interest. You will be asked to select three career areas of interest in order of preference. You will be asked about your geographical preferences. Matches will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Program staff will attempt to match participating students based on industry and geographical availability. While we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be met perfectly, we will seek to place students with a business/organization that will teach professional skills that can be used in multiple employment settings. Our goal is to help students learn about possible career options, provide experiences that will be useful no matter where students hope to work and prepare students for success after high school.


Schedules are flexible and determined by hosts and students once matches are confirmed. Please make sure you are available to engage in activities for 20 hours a week, no more than eight hours a day, no more than 30 hours a week and a maximum of 60 hours during the three weeks between July 8 through July 26, 2019. You will not be asked to begin your day before 7 a.m. or end it past 6 p.m. You will not engage in activities for more than five continuous hours without a 30-minute break. Hosts will validate at the end of the program if you have completed 60 hours.

There will be a closing celebration.. Details to follow.

We will be posting a timeline for the confirmations on the Summer RISE website. Please continue to check your email for additional information from the Summer RISE program office. School staff or a member from the Summer RISE program office will connect with each student who has been selected to participate in the program to confirm the experience and location of the experience.

It is suggested that you complete the Naviance profile to help with your career selections during registration, but it is not required. You do not have to submit Naviance reports with your registration.

Maybe we can list a few industries here….The Summer RISE office is working to find companies that represent as many industries as possible. If you know of any companies/organizations that would be willing to host, please email summer-rise@mcpsmd.org.

No. Summer RISE is a program for rising MCPS juniors and seniors

Hosts and Partners