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Where do I apply for internships?

I'm currently a high school 11th grader, looking for internships, preferably over the summer. I'm looking to study Business and Economics in college. I am academically successful if that means anything. Thanks!

#business #networking #internship #summer-jobs #finance

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Syed’s Answer

Hi Michael,

Please see the following lists tailored to high school students:

1. https://www.nshss.org/blog/11-best-summer-internships-for-high-school-students/
2. https://blog.collegevine.com/14-awesome-internships-for-high-school-students/
3. https://blog.collegevine.com/15-stem-internships-for-high-schoolers/

Best of luck!

I appreciate this greatly! Thanks so much! Michael L.

No problem! Also look into academies/programs hosted by top universities like Princeton, MIT, etc. I will be posting links below. Please apply widely and don't count yourself out of anything!: Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://www.collegetransitions.com/top-summer-programs-for-high-school-students/ Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://blog.prepscholar.com/pre-college-summer-programs-for-high-school-students Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://blog.collegevine.com/most-prestigious-summer-programs-for-high-school-students/ Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://www.nshss.org/blog/25-recognizable-college-prep-programs-for-high-school-students/ Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/summer-programs-high-school-students Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://www.teenlife.com/category/summer/pre-college-summer-programs/ Syed Ferdous BACKER

https://www.bestcollegereviews.org/features/pre-college-summer-science-programs-high-school-students/ Syed Ferdous BACKER

Got it and on it! Michael L.

HI Syed, Gurpreet here from CareerVillage! These links look very promising and help address the student's question but I was curious as to how you found them? What did you type in to yield these search results? I ask so that Michael (and future students!) can find even more resources Gurpreet Lally

Hi Gurpreet, I used some simple Google searches and just used the links on the first page: 1. College programs for high school students list 2. College programs for high school students 3. High school internship summer programs 4. List of companies that hire high school students 5. List of internships for high school students Syed Ferdous BACKER

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Bryan’s Answer

It is always good to look for companies/industries that interest you, but for a pre-college internship (when you are planning to go to college), I would focus on the role or department that you think you might enjoy. It is wonderful to have an internship in which you find a role that you enjoy, but also valuable to find out that a role you thought you wanted to pursue doesn't interest you.

Do some self-reflection to get an idea of the types of behaviors or topics that you think you'd like the role to include, then when you are interacting with HR people about their internships, make sure to mention some of those specifics of what you're looking for. Even if you are positive about some of those, showing them that you've thought about this and have a bit of intention in the your internship search is a big plus!

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Jacob’s Answer

Hi Michael! In addition to the great resources already listed above, I would highly encourage you to leverage a network you may not realize you have. Talk to any adults in your life (teachers, counselors, parents/guardians, coaches, family friends, etc.) and see if these individuals either work in a field or at a company that interests you. If not, see if they have connections that do, and ask for contact information. Reach out to any contacts you find, and express your interest in learning about their career and any potential internship opportunities. It's great that you're already seeking an internship, and I cannot understate the importance of leveraging your personal connections. Best of luck!

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Beth’s Answer

Hi Michael. It's great to get any work experience that will help you learn what you enjoy and don't enjoy! I am a fan of any kind of work experience to start - if you have already had a job - retail, food service, waiting tables - great! If not, ANY JOB is great! But if you can get a job in a field area you are interested in - that's even better! There are so many resources for jobs/internships. LinkedIn is a great resource. Indeed.com seems to be a good source as well. Good luck!

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Anita’s Answer

You can google the top 20 companies and research internships. You can also email the companies and inquire about interns. There are abundance of companies that love to intern. That's a great way to become a full term employee.

Good Luck!

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Simeon’s Answer

I would reach out to your teachers and see if they know of any internships or work opportunities. Check the websites of companies that you'd like to work for someday and send inquiry emails. Even if a company doesn't know of an internship, they might know of other companies that do offer internships. If you can't find a summer internship, you could also try working at a summer camp. You'll make a lot of new friends and you can often leverage new connections to find job/internship opportunities.

If you are looking for an internship related to business, you might be interested in looking at internships with the big 4 accounting firms: PwC, Deloitte, KMPG, or EY.

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Justina’s Answer

In addition to all the resources available through the interest, I would suggest reaching out to the teachers to see what other resource they can share with you to help you find internship or volunteer opportunities.

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Uday Rao’s Answer

I suggest you to create profile with linkedIn, indeed these are the platform where you get exposer and connect people across the globe.
As you mentioned your at high school 11th grader its correct time to start what you want to be in future. Also you said looking to study Business and Economics in college you will get better idea once you connect with people as you have couple of months before you enter to degree.

All the best!!

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Mary’s Answer

Internships are awesome! Pending on what type of internship you would like to do, you can choose a company/field and go directly to their website. Often times the company will have it posted in the "career" section of the website. Hope this helps!!

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Akshay’s Answer

Hi Michael,

I would suggest you create a lengthy profile on Glassdoor and LinkedIn. Keep connecting with HR's of different companies and send them an email and let them know about your career path. Ask them if there is something aligned to your career path and they have some opportunities for paid/unpaid internships.
It's highly likely that they would respond back to your first message, but keep trying hard. Start with making at least 30 connections per day and speak to at least 10 recruiters daily.

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Ahmad’s Answer

Hey Michael,

I would research which companies or industries you are interested in and see what programs are available. You have a sleuth of options to chose from. I would utilize linkedin as well. Hope that helps you and good luck with your search.


Thank you so much! Michael L.

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Shabeer’s Answer

Hi Michael L.

You can approach the HR department () of the companies & see whether they provide an internship.

LinkedIn will be the best source to get the contact info.

Drop an email to the person & ask them to guide to the right person if they are not the one who can help.

All the best !!


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Ari’s Answer

I would look on recruiter websites like Indeed or Ziprecruiter so that you can start off looking for internships in your area in a field that you would want to go into.

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Riley’s Answer

I would start by creating a LinkedIn account and start searching for internships in your area, while also messaging/connecting with professionals that work for those organizations. Making these connections early on will increase your chances of getting an opportunity to work or have an internship with that specific company.

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Shannon’s Answer

Hey Michael!

I found a lot of my internships by looking up companies I wanted to work for and looking to see if they had an internship program. You can utilize your school's career center (they might have a forum of open internships), utilize Linkedin, or connect with your professors to see if they have any advice (or connections). I used Google too and just looked up internships, be specific with your location and industry in the search bar. (EX: music industry internships in Philadelphia).

It takes time, but it's easy!!! and exciting!!

Hope that helps you. Good luck with your search.

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Rebecca’s Answer

I recommend making a free Linkedin profile. If you don't have a lot of work experience, you can list volunteer work/high school clubs.
Connect with people who work in your field by doing search > search for people > check filters & select companies you want to work at/companies close enough to your home that you could commute to. Don't be afraid to look at companies outside the classic financial services industry because all companies have some type of business/finance involved. Also, look into non-profit volunteer opportunities that are related to finance/business. These will most likely be unpaid, but volunteer experience can be a great starting point. Anyway, once you have your Linkedin search results go through their profiles and select a few people to message who work in fields you are interested in. Bonus if you share other similarities with them (i.e. played the same sport as you, part of the same clubs, from the same state/city, a relative went to the same college as them).

Send them a message similar to this:
Hello [insert their name]! My name is Michael and I am in 11th grade at [insert high school name] in [insert town, state]. I am interested in [insert their field/position] and would love to hear more about your career. I am hoping to hear your advice on navigating my career once I enter college and landing a summer internship as a high school student. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks, Michael

Tweak that general message to make it relevant to the person you are talking to. If they went to the same college as a relative or a college you hope to attend try to mention that. As you talk to them be sure to emphasize you are hoping for their advice and insight, don't straight up ask for an internship. When you hear back from them they might ask to do a phone call. Have some questions prepared such as "What is your day to day like at your job?" "How did you know [insert company name] was the place for you?" "When did you realize you wanted to go into [insert their area of study]?" Google "questions to ask a career mentor" for additional examples. You don't have to ask all of the questions, just pick a few. At the end of your talk, ask if they know of any opportunities for high schoolers such as shadowing or internships. If they don't know they might connect you with someone else. Even if their company doesn't have opportunities for high schoolers this is a great way to make long-term mentor connections that can benefit you in the future. Once you enter college, you can reach out to this person again regarding college internships since they are already part of your network. At the end of the day, who you know will help you get a job/internship, so this is a beneficial process to get familiar with even if it is a little uncomfortable at first. Make sure to thank this person for their time with a follow-up email and let them know how much you appreciate their advice this early on in your career search.

Here are some companies I have seen through my job search that offer high school opportunities. I'm not sure all of them are offered in your area, but they're worth a look. On LinkedIn, Search for people who work at these companies & are in positions that interest you and/or apply on the company websites:
PwC: https://www.pwc.com/us/en/careers/why-pwc/high-school.html
Deutsche Bank: https://www.db.com/careers/en/grad/role-search/graduate-plus.html
M&T: https://www.mtb.com/careers/training-programs/internships-co-ops
KPMG: https://home.kpmg/bm/en/home/careers/the-lift-off-program/work-shadow-program.html
Bank of America: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/student-leaders.html#fbid=tfylHndzDxN

Additional companies in IL to look into... Google the company name on this list followed by "high school intern" or "high school program" to find opportunities: https://www.zippia.com/advice/largest-companies-in-illinois/

Another possible route that is more costly is doing a summer program at a University, but I did find some free ones. You may be able to get a scholarship (with some additional research/talking to your high school). Google any university you are interested in followed by "pre-college program" or "high school program" to see more opportunities at universities you are interested in. Universities that you can commute to might offer commuter programs, which are typically less expensive especially if they can be combined with a scholarship. Here are some links:
FREE DePaul hospitality summer program for high school junior: https://resources.depaul.edu/center-for-access-and-attainment/community-outreach/programs/Pages/college-connect.aspx
FREE Northwestern: https://academy.northwestern.edu/
Loyola Chicago: https://www.luc.edu/summerscholars/
U Chicago econ: https://summer.uchicago.edu/course/pathways-economics
U Chicago econ (calc): https://summer.uchicago.edu/course/pathways-economics-calculus-based
U Chicago entrepreneurship: https://summer.uchicago.edu/course/pathways-leadership-and-entrepreneurship
Intern Boston University: http://www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/
UPenn: https://globalyouth.wharton.upenn.edu/summer-high-school-programs/leadership-in-the-business-world/

Some top high schools have put together lists of where they send their students, which are worth looking at:

Sorry, this is so long. I hope there is something helpful listed! Don't be discouraged if you don't find something this summer (especially with the virus going on it is hard). You have a lot of time so don't stress. Forming relationships with people by reaching out to them on LinkedIn, talking to your friend's parents, your parent's friends, etc. will already put you far ahead of the average 11th grad student. This will help you in the future when you can reach out to your network again to find college internships or entry-level jobs. Expressing your genuine interest in a career path to people and asking them what they do for work is a great start because if they hear of opportunities related to what you're interested in they might connect you. Good luck!

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Kyle’s Answer


Here are three ways that could help you find an internship:

1. Check with you academic career center at your high school. The career center may know of opportunities for students looking for internships
2. Reach out to local businesses within the community. These businesses may have potential opportunities to for students within the community.

3. Create a linkedin profile. Linkedin is a great way to get connected with professionals and to start building your network.

Hope this helps!

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Atzin’s Answer

My first step is to always Google!

Here are some that I found.

Thank you! I greatly appreciate this! Michael L.

HI Atzin, Gurpreet here from CareerVillage! Although your response is much appreciated and addresses the student's question, sending a Google link isn't the most helpful way to respond. Any additional insight you have for Michael would be helpful Gurpreet Lally