Compare Traditional and Rainmakers Internships

Traditional InternshipsThe Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP)

A large employer recently received significant national attention for its internship program, which served only two students per year. The costs of managing and compensating interns for several months limit the number of internships any business can offer.


RIPP eliminates all employer concerns about salary, supervision, safety, liability, and costs, opening the door for thousands of high school students to serve meaningful internships.


Neither employers nor high school students can easily embrace an internship that lasts for a year, or even a few months.


Rainmaker Internships are limited to two-weeks (or 14 non-consecutive days).


Internships that do not provide clear relationships between what the student knows/likes and potential job opportunities are less effective.


Our Rainmaker Candidates (participating students) identify and define their best and favorite skills, propose specific projects that utilize those skills to employers, and deliver a final project/product to employers for evaluation.


Students are ‘placed’ in available internships that are usually secured and set up by adults.


Student seek and secure their own internship, mimicking the process they will need to use in tomorrow's workplace where job turn-over will be constant.


Employer liability and costs greatly increase for onsite interns who are under 18 years of age. Students, especially from urban or rural areas, often have difficulty getting to the business site.


Rainmaker Candidates serve their internships, interact with their business host, and deliver their product/project via distance technologies.
(Rainmakers Candidates never go to the business site.)


No real training or preparation; all skills learned on the job.


Rainmaker Candidates receive extensive preparation and training through experiential learning opportunities, short, remote lessons, interactions with seasoned business people, and ongoing mentoring.


Students are often assigned boring tasks that are not related to their interests.


Students spend two weeks using their best and favorite skills, and the knowledge they already have, to pitch, craft, and deliver a project to a hosting employer, thus capturing and mimicking the excitement of the world of work.


Traditional internships do not focus on the skills that will be needed in the future, but rely on outdated methods that assume a worker will be in a job for many years. Traditional internships rarely, if ever, lead to immediate employment for high school students.


The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program (RIPP) duplicates the activities that gig worker will need to know and use every day. With the training and practice we offer, students can enter the Gig Economy at the age or eighteen to earn money for college tuition or to meet other financial goals.