I’ve been bragging a lot about our brand new Intern Queen High School Ambassador Network , as these students are quite impressive. One of our high school students, Nazifa Hossain, is interning this summer with Galpin, a Southern California car dealership. She shared a few of her tips for fellow students and I compiled them here:
1. Keep your eyes and ears open. You never know when you will read on a school bulletin board about an internship or meet someone who might have an opportunity for you.
2. Always ask even if they don’t say anything about high school students. Many employers don’t realize that high school students can make great interns. If the posting doesn’t say anything about high school students -- apply anyway! The worst they can do is say no.
3. Don’t ignore unpaid internships. An internship is only a semester-long program. Most unpaid internships only require 12-15 hours per week and many high school’s only allow their students to intern for 72 hours per semester. You can still manage a part-time job. Remember, this is about the experience -- not the paycheck.
4. Go Local. What businesses are in your community? Sometimes smaller (boutique) companies are more open to hosting high school students as interns at their company.
Is there a tactic that worked for you in landing an internship in high school? Share it with us in the comments below!