This blog was written by Marina, our High School Ambassador from Academy of Holy Angels. If you go to Academy of Holy Angels and would like to blog for us, comment below.
As a highschooler it can be rather challenging to find an internship even if you are the most qualified person for one. When employers hear the word internship they think long term commitment, have to pay this person, have to teach them the job and many more complaints come to mind. These employers tend to put restrictions on interning: must be at least … years old, must be receiving credits, and such. As a high schooler this makes finding an internship all the more difficult. But this doesn’t mean to not look for one it just means us ambitious kids need to be wiser!
One trick that I have found to work is not using the word internship. Instead ask the business to volunteer for them for a short period of time. Using the word volunteer indicates that you aren’t looking to get paid, that you merely want to do it for your passion in the business and that you’re only looking to help out. Another option is ask if you can shadow someone. Shadowing someone is basically what it sounds like. You walk around all day following someone; typically you’re a silent observer not getting in anyone’s way but learning things and gaining experience through the other person’s experiences. Any of these options still looks great on a resume and still can produce great letters of recommendations. These opportunities may even lead to real internships! But basically don’t sit around whining that you can’t get an internship because you are too young, be proactive!