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What are some good tech internships I should look into in HS?

I'm interested in computer hardware and I have built a PC in the past but I don't want to get an internship at a fast food restaurant, I want an internship that connects to my interests in technology.

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Phil’s Answer

You may want to reach out to one of your local community colleges (which should have relationships with local companies that provide internships), reach out to a local business associations like the NJ Technology & Manufacturing Association( https://njtma.com) or reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce (https://greaterpatersoncc.org/) for assistance. Good luck!
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Samuel,

I am not familiar with internship websites. I would start asking your high school counselor if she can get help from local colleges/universities about local companies that have student internship programs and their websites or procedure to apply.
You might want to check also local companies that do fix hardware, if any, close to you.
You may also try big companies that are known to deal with hardware, especially OEMs like Dell, Asus, ... for any one close to you. Usually, they are better at student internships because they have the infrastructure to take care of students, thing that many small companies lack.

Good luck in your search.
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Khadijah’s Answer

Hey there, it's awesome that you want to get an early start! Your school counselor may have some resources. There are also high school tech programs you can apply to online such as Microsoft's Discovery Program, and college research programs that hire high school students. If you can't find a paid position just yet, consider tech-focused mentorship programs as well-- they can help you build your skills and expand your network to eventually find an internship.
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Eric’s Answer

It's great that you have identified a general interest and dipped your toes into the IT field by learning how to build a PC. As you search for internships you'll quickly find that there are countless directions you can pursue. My recommendation is that for the next several years, you take as much risk as you can afford. Try all sorts of different technical jobs, here are some fields to consider: (1) inquire about a possible PC repair job at local or chain electronics shop (2) try a remote technical customer service job at an internet service provider to learn if the people connection is important to you or (3) take a few free programming courses from reputable colleges and try your hand at web development or application programming to get a taste of software engineering.

Over time, as you take the risks to try new things, you will begin to develop an understanding of what types of jobs you enjoy, and you will be able to apply those insights into your next role, or make better decisions about what higher education you wish to pursue. It's much easier to take these risks earlier in life, than it is to take the risks later in life - so go for it!

I commend your hunger to work and learn, keep that ambition and it will take you far.

Eric recommends the following next steps:

Make a short list of 2-3 IT jobs you're willing to try.
Prioritize the list.
Starting with the job that sounds most interesting, search for small/entry-level related jobs or related education opportunities online. Ask family and friends for help.
Be bold and step out of your comfort zone by applying for entry job or registering for free classes.
Absorb, learn, self-reflect on the experience. Then, move on to the next item on your list.
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Jimil’s Answer

Watch some youtube videos or do some Codeacademy classes to learn programming. Make some of your own programs and list them on your resume. once you can demonstrate your coding capabilities, use them in interviews to show your knowledge and get an internship.

It's great that you have an interest in computer hardware and that you've already built a PC! There are many internships in the technology industry that you might be interested in, depending on your specific interests and skills.

Here are a few examples of tech internships that you might want to consider:

Hardware engineering internships: Many technology companies, such as Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA, offer internships in their hardware engineering departments. These internships would give you the opportunity to work on the development of new computer hardware products.

Manufacturing internships: Companies that manufacture computer components, such as motherboards and CPUs, also offer internships in their manufacturing facilities. These internships would give you the opportunity to learn about the production process for computer hardware.

Quality assurance internships: Technology companies also have quality assurance teams that test and verify the performance of their products. You could look into getting an internship in one of these teams.

Computer repair/IT support internship: There are also companies that offer internships in their IT departments, where you might be working on computer repairs or providing technical support to customers.

Software development/ engineering internships: It's not just only Hardware related internships, Software development internships also offer a great learning experience and a chance to apply your computer skills in a different field.

These are just a few examples, and you might find other types of internships that are a good fit for you as well. It's also worth considering internships at small startups in the technology industry. They may not have the same name recognition as the large tech companies, but they can offer a more hands-on experience and a chance to work on cutting-edge technology.

It's a good idea to check the websites of technology companies that interest you to see if they offer internships. You can also search for internships on job search websites such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor and indeed, or talk to your school guidance counselor for more ideas.
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