PrepareRI Summer Internship Update!

PrepareRI Student Internship Program
Posted on 08/25/2020

After completing a grueling application process, twelve Ponaganset students participated in the PrepareRI Student Internship Program. The Ponaganset students were Brendan Falls, Erin Feeney, Olivia Licciardi, Aiden Moore, Elizabeth Sherlock, Ellie Heaney, Jackson Cielsa, Julie Viera, Rhiannon Trunzo, Sandra-Mae Cain, Seamus Ferns and Virginia Gaetano. Participating students will receive credit for their work-based learning hours, college credits, and they were also paid for their internship work.


For the summer internship, students formed corporations and worked in teams with mentors and they presented their unique solutions to a panel of judges last week. Four hundred forty-seven students from around the state completed the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge. Ponaganset had 2 students who were members of the 2nd place team and 3 students who were on the 1st place team. Each second place winner earned a $1,500 scholarship and each first place winner won a $5,000 scholarship! The scholarships are a result of the summer internship having fewer overhead expenses this year due to the virtual model, and the PrepareRI organization decided to convert these savings into scholarships. Here is the link to each corporation's pitches:


Congratulations go out to the following Ponaganset students whose corporations were among the top 2 winning teams. They deserve to be recognized for their dedication, persistence, innovation and for their success as corporate collaborators! I would also like to personally recognize Nina Pande and Jenny Pichardo of Skills for RI's Future for their tireless efforts, energy and enthusiasm that drove this program from its pre-COVID-19 vision to a virtual reality!


Student Name:

Elizabeth Sherlock - Corporation 1- 2nd Place- $1,500
Rhiannon Trunzo - Corporation 1- 2nd Place- $1,500
Aiden Moore - Corporation 13- 1st Place- $5,000
Ellie Heaney - Corporation 13- 1st Place- $5,000
Jackson Cielsa - Corporation 13- 1st Place- $5,000


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