Crisis not holding back R.I. internship initiative

IT’S PAID OFF: Rida Jawed, left, a 2020 Lincoln High School graduate, participated in PrepareRI’s Summer Internship program for two summers. The first year, she served as a paid social media intern for Dr. Day Care in Smithfield with fellow student intern Kenzi Gilmore, right. 
COURTESY REBECCA COMPTON
IT’S PAID OFF: Rida Jawed, left, a 2020 Lincoln High School graduate, participated in PrepareRI’s Summer Internship program for two summers. The first year, she served as a paid social media intern for Dr. Day Care in Smithfield with fellow student intern Kenzi Gilmore, right. 
COURTESY REBECCA COMPTON
Rida Jawed’s summer job was not the standard summer-before-college gig. Rather than slinging burgers or lifeguarding at a community pool, the 19-year-old Lincoln High School graduate served as a company CEO. She never reported to an office, instead working over Zoom with a group of fellow students tasked by the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce…

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