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How to find internship opportunities?

What sources could a high schooler use to find internship opportunities?

How could we build our resume as a student in 10th grade?

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Wayne’s Answer

Hey Lisa. Great question. Here's what you should include in our one-minute pitch:
- Who you are, plus a credential (no matter how small you think it is).Y our name and something that differentiates you from your peers (major/degree, athlete/volunteer/tutor) and/or establishes a relationship (graduate of same college, from the same home town, same career you're interested in, etc.).

- Your specific goal/career interest. This will allow that person to help you or possibly connect you to someone who can.

- How you have demonstrated your interest. Demonstrate your interest and experience in the field with examples of things you have already completed. Don't just say "I have always wanted be a cyber security analyst," but rather "I have intro to computer science and calculus and volunteered at school computer lab".

- Why you are qualified. Demonstrate your qualifications (no matter how small) by sharing leadership and work experience, achievements, expertise, skills and strengths. Example: "I quickly learned how to do system upgrades and led a project to upgrade the dorm computer lab).

- A question or request for assistance. Consider giving the person two options for ways they may be of assistance. For example, "If your company offers internships, I would appreciate the name of the person in charge of that program, or perhaps I could meet with you in person to find out more about your organization and opportunities in the marketing profession." Be sure to offer each contact your business card (make some simple cards or for virtual pitches, share your Linkedin profile) for future reference.

Here's an example of a full pitch here:

"Hello, my name is ____________ and I am completing a ____________ student at Kent State High School.

I am interested in a career in (or position as a) ____________ in the ____________ field (industry).

I have been involved (during high school) in ____________.

And developed skills in ____________. I have also had a volunteer position (employment) as a ____________ with ____________ and discovered that I really enjoy ____________.

Could you tell me more about ____________."

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! Lisa
Thank you comment icon You're very welcome Lisa. Happy new year! Wayne Archibald
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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Lisa. An internship is a great way to get real world experience in any future career. It also looks great on you college application.

Here are some tips:
- Identify your interests. To find the right internship, start with a list of your interests, talents and passions.

- Reach out to personal connections. Getting hired has a lot to do with who you know, and you’re never too young to start using a personal network.

- Take advantage of online resources. Googling “how to find a high school internship” will yield thousands of paid ads and vague work opportunities that might not provide what you're looking for, says Alix Coupet, lead counselor at Empowerly, a college admissions service. The internet is best used not as a starting point for finding an internship, but as a way to maximize what you already know about what you're looking for. Students can use sites like Google or Yelp to learn more about local companies they are familiar with, their local workforce program, and their county's government agencies. LinkedIn is also a great place for students to network and connect with possible intern sites.

- Craft an elevator pitch. Put together a brief introductory message, or elevator pitch, before reaching out to companies. An elevator pitch allows students to quickly relay pertinent information to the people they're contracting for opportunities, Caraway says. People will be able to quickly determine how to best help the student and identify where they should be placed.

- Practice your elevator pitch with friends and family members until it becomes more natural, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t land an internship on the first go.

I got most of this information from this great article: https://www.usnews.com/education/k12/articles/how-to-find-a-high-school-internship/. Check it out.

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the information! Do you have any tips on how to draft an elevator pitch, and what information should be included? Lisa
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Tenaea A.’s Answer

You can visit internships.com or Google whatever discipline you are interested in. Interested in teaching? Reach out to a local school system and ask to volunteer. Interested in law? Reach out to a legal aid or local law firm. Interested in the medical field? Reach out to a local hospital.

Tenaea A. recommends the following next steps:

Keep up your grades in honor/AP classes
Volunteer in school orgs as well as community orgs
Look for internships based on interests.
Reach out to the career office at your local college/university
Work a regular 9-5 and save money for unpaid internships.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is amazing! Could you give any tips on how to reach out to someone? Lisa
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Jasmine’s Answer

Hi Lisa.  As a high school student, it's best to start early and include any volunteer work, student organizations within your school, and achievements, awards, and honors on your resume. These will highlight key factors that potential hiring managers look for.

- Make contact with community and family members who share a common professional interest.

-A simple Google search for "internships for high school students" in your area

I'd recommend creating a LinkedIn account. This tool is user-friendly and will give you many resources within your specific career along with free course training.

I hope this information will serve as a foundation, and good luck!

What Should a High School Resume Look Like?
At its core, a resume is straightforward: it's a one-page document showcasing you. Whether you're applying for your first job or your tenth, a scholarship or an undergraduate program, the idea of the resume stays precisely the same. You want to give the reader an idea of who you are and your general qualities.

High school resumes can include things like:
Education (High School), including your GPA
Jobs
Clubs/Activities
Achievements/Awards/Honors
Volunteer Experience
Projects
Additional Skills/Training
Hobbies
Your resume doesn't have to include all these sections, but you want the page to look balanced without too much white space. If you can't think of any awards or honors, then don't include that section. If you don't have any projects you're particularly proud of, then we won't focus on that. It's all a matter of showing what you have accomplished.

I got most of this information from this great article: https://www.cappex.com/articles/applications/high-school-resume-step-by-step
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Alexa’s Answer

Hey there,
If you attend a university or school, there’s a ton of opportunity’s and there’s people (like advisors) to help you secure opportunities that you’re interested in. I would speak to them to see what your options are. If not you could always look up volunteer opportunities near you. Volunteers are always needed!
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William’s Answer

Hi Lisa,
These are good internship sources that you can explore.
LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Google, FindSpark, Idealist, Internships.com, Inter match.com, Cool Works, YouTern, and Global Experiences.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you are looking for internships opportunities already as a high schooler. However, I think there may not have a lot of internships that suitable for high school students.
Below are my suggestions:
1. The companies may post the internships program on their official website. You can keep an eye on it.
2. Some companies may host information sessions in the school. You can check with your school career office
3. If there are any companies you have particular interest, you can send your cv to their HR to look for opportunities.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Prajwal’s Answer

Attend Networking events, use forums like Eventbrite..etc
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice! Where can one find networking events? Lisa
Thank you comment icon search in apps like meetup, Eventbrite and Facebook Prajwal S
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Kylyn’s Answer

Hi,

When I was in high school I reached out to local businesses and asked if they were willing to offer any internship opportunities. I would meet with the owner/manager and give them my resume and explain why I was interested in an internship. I was able to get an internship with a local non-profit. You may also approach your school counselor to see if they are aware of any opportunities. It can be intimidating to put yourself in a position to be rejected, but it is great to put yourself out there to pursue an opportunity you are interested in!

Creating a resume in high school can be harder but be sure to include:
-Part time jobs
-School organizations you are in
-Awards you have received
-Special skills like a second language
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