We want you to have the skills you need to succeed in college and in life.  As a PFF student, you’ll explore careers, attend cultural events, and meet local and national leaders. During the summer, you’ll have a paid internship where you’ll get valuable on-the-job training. And we’ll provide transportation to and from your job. 

You’ll take SAT prep classes, learn about financial aid opportunities and find out about different colleges. Plus, you’ll meet students from different schools and even travel. Events have included the I Know Richmond tour, a White House tour, and First Freedom dinners. Students have met leaders such as Chris Gardner, whose life story was the subject of the acclaimed movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

And it’s not all work! PFF students and staff recently played laser tag, attended an NBA and MLB game, and visited the International Spy Museum and ESPN Zone during our Northern Virginia/DC trip.

What’s it like being a PFF student?

  • 1st Summer (Rising Sophomores) 
    You’ll spend a week on a college campus, attending personal and professional development workshops and learning Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel skills. And you can enjoy the campus’ recreational opportunities. You’ll also participate in community service projects  they provide the kinds of experiences employers like to see and will help with your internship the next year. 

  • 2nd Summer (Rising Juniors)
    For seven weeks, you’ll intern with one of our business sponsors four days a week. On Fridays, you’ll attend workshops including Career Exploration and Study Skills.

  • 3rd Summer (Rising Seniors)
    You’ll continue your seven-week internship experience four days a week. Each Friday, you’ll visit a Partner College, where you’ll learn about admissions, tour the campus, meet college students and enjoy lunch on campus. You’ll also begin your college application prep with essay writing workshops to help you develop the personal statements for your college applications.

  • 4th Summer (Rising College Freshmen)
    In your final summer, you’ll continue your final seven-week internship experience four days a week. On Fridays, you'll also attend the “Different World” workshop series to prepare you for the realities of college life and complete a community service project. 

 

Interested in becoming a PFF student? Check out our Prospective Students page.