Finding an internship in high school could be something that you thought was impossible. However, let me tell you that it is not. Internship search can take some hard work but once you land one, it is one of the best ways for you to get professional experience before you enter college! The process of searching for and exploring your internship options is an excellent way for you to know what professions are out there. Through this article, I would like to suggest a way to break the internship search process down into simpler steps:
1) Build Your Resume: Make a list of your accomplishments inside and outside classroom since you started high school (from the 9th standard). This will be a very good way for you to know yourself through identifying the knowledge you have gained and the skills you have acquired. With this information identify your strength and then figure out which are your favorite subjects. Consequently explore the career options related to these subjects. Make a list of the career options you might be interested in. Eventually, build your resume with your best accomplishments.
2) Network: Talk to your teachers, counselors, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins in college, friends, neighbors and everybody under the sun about what they know about the career options you have chosen to explore. Interview them. Ask them, whether they know anybody who is in the field of career that you are interested in. Connect with the appropriate persons and this is how you will be able to build your network. Once you meet the individual, express your interest in learning about his/her career. Then please don’t hesitate to ask him/her about the possibilities of interning with him/her and presenting your resume.
3) Find and Apply: As a result of the first two steps, you would be able to know yourself, your options and the potential to find a career that best suits you and makes you happy! Now, that you have an idea of the career options, RESEARCH. Explore the company websites to classify the job opportunities that interest you the most. You may not find a job opening; however you will have an idea about what opportunities are out there. If you do find a job opening that fits you, APPLY!
Here are a few databases that can help you get started:
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