High School Internships Can Help Students Get An Early Start On Their Career Goals
By Jamoul A. Celey, Stride Success Coach
Over the last 20 years there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the importance of pre-professionals having an internship experience, before starting a career and/or simply entering the workforce.
I won’t bother you with all of the statistics, but just know that young people who find at least one internship, and do somewhat well, are often considered more hirable because of the internship experience. They also tend to be better prepared for the workplace, are often paid higher wages, and can have a more successful professional path overall.
So, as a high school student, you may be asking yourself… “How do I find an internship?” The best way is to let the internship find you, in a manner of speaking. Cold calling, or using the traditional internship search techniques like Google or store-hopping, can be uninspiring. Work smarter, not harder, by joining a youth organization that will help prepare you with professional development opportunities. They will also attract internship benefactors, who are looking for talented candidates, like you!
It is now the year 2022, and the trends for major businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and several industries is that of investing significant resources into identifying talent, for their workforce forecasting plans. Recruiting professional prospects at younger ages is also on the rise. Stride Career Prep is helping students prepare for the future with the new innovative Internship Search Tool, too!
All of this means that, as a high school student, you will be presented with the opportunity to start your career while you are still in school. By using one of these approaches to finding your best internship, you will learn something new, which may also prove to be as valuable than the internship itself… partnership and affiliation.
Imagine yourself as an important partner of an organization, whose mission it is to improve your credentials, while you receive a leg up on your competition. By completing an internship experience, you will also be known as an affiliate of an entity whose brand is already established.
Another question high school students often ask is… “What are some organizations that have youth programs, which also attract internship providers?” Let’s take a look at a short, potential list:
· The Boys and Girls Club of America
· City and State government youth jobs programs
· Local community centers
· YMCA and/or YWCA
· Gap year service programs, like City Year or Ameri Corps
· Nonprofit organizations
· Local museums
Remember, K12 and Stride Career Prep are names that you can leverage, as well. Your experience as a student is a unique one. As of March 2020, a whole lot of firms are looking for interns and early professionals that are proficient in the virtual workplace. Schedule a session with the Student Success Coaching Team, to ensure that your internship experience is the best match for your career goals.
Wondering “What To Look For In An Internship Job Description?” Click here, to find out more information!
Check out the latest tips on Balancing Work And High School, from a Stride Career Prep Success Coach!
To read a Stride Student Advisor’s Perspective on finding the right internship for you, click here.
To learn more about Stride Career Prep Success Coaching for teens and how it prepares them for life after high school through career exploration or college readiness, visit this site: https://www.stridelearning.com/career-prep/career-exploration/student-success-coaching.html
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