Look for Internships in technology that are in your local area, robotics clubs, programing/coding classes at your local college, volunteer for local organizations to help younger students learn STEM also. I know most of these activities are not a paying positions but it will help gain experience and will grab the attention of others. When I graduated from college I got 3 interviews with large companies because of one college club I was in charge of for 3 years. They were so impressed and interested in what this club did that we spent time discuss it in detail. Doing the type of activities above will be a great stepping stone to start your way in your career early. Background: I started working at 14 in restaurants/retail and am so glad I did because I learned so much that helped me later on.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Research local college events for high school, programs offered by colleges, volunteer events related to STEM
- Look into local companies hiring high school interns that are STEM related opportunities
- Research local clubs in the area that are STEM related
- Google programs elsewhere (at the college you may want to attend in the future)