All About Teen Summer Internships
During the early teenage years, many summer vacations are spent with family and friends, and enjoying out of town trips. But as teens grow up, their independence level grows, and at the same time most of them become exposed to the workplace by having summer internships.
Know The Benefits
Most of the time, summer internships are honorary positions. However, there are times that as a teen intern, you can get a lump sum of money or a small stipend, which will be the financial provision for the summer internship. A summer internship program can give teens the benefit of gaining education through first-hand, hands-on, experiences. This could be priceless for you, especially since you’re at the stage of building repertoires, resumes, and professional portfolios.
Even though your other teen friends, who are not doing internships, and are working during the summer, seem to earn a higher wage; completing an internship has actually more advantage and has a long-term impact. Getting into a technical, or professional internship program can offer you much advanced training and experience, which can have an enormous payback for your future career.
As an intern, you also have the chance to build up professional contacts and relationships. It is this time that you can start creating your professional network. A mentorship program from a more experienced employee can be very enjoyable. Most of the time, students who have finished successful summer internships get a lot of permanent job offers after they graduate or, at the very least, glowing work references that they can leverage to get into their college of choice or future employment.
An Early Teen, Gets The Job
A lot of top companies offer their summer programs for college and high school students. Their prime positions, however, receive a swarm of applicants, and the probable candidates are usually selected even before the start of spring. If you want a head start, then you should be smart; meaning, you should start inquiring for available positions after Thanksgiving and before Christmas ends. However, if not, that’s okay but get your skates on and be relentless in your search.
Be Creative: Imagine
Most formal internship programs are clearly defined and structured. However, other more informal, less structured, opportunities could be available, if you or your parents can put a little effort into finding them. If you have already showed interest in a technical or academic career field, your parents could help you find out possible relevant internships that you could undergo.
To start your search, you should create your own target list. Try going to the library and find a number of internship prospects that may interest you. You can always use almanacs, company directories, and local phone books to find a list of potential employers that are organized categorically. You could also do some online searching; yes, both Google and Bing could come in very handy here!
Ask For Help
Even though you’re at that stage of increased independence, this doesn’t mean that you can’t ask your parents for help anymore. You can ask your parents to assist you in making an internship prospect list, which is complete with phone numbers, contact names, and addresses. You can also ask your parents for tips on how to make a resume and cover letter, before applying to organizations or corporations.
There are times when you won’t have to look too far to find a good internship program. If your parents are working, they could actually be the answer to your search. If your parent’s work is somewhat related to the internship position you are looking for, then why not try going to work with them, during the spring or winter break? Get to know your mom or dad’s managers and coworkers. You could try helping as a volunteer for short-term and minor projects. In this way, they may already have their eyes on you, when summer break comes.
Whatever happens enjoy your summer and enjoy your internship.