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Nab an amazing internship--in high school!

Think that an internship is only possible once you’re older? Not so fast, chica. A lot of companies will offer high school students the chance to intern in their offices, whether for an entire semester or just for a few weeks.

Here are a few tips to go from carrying a backpack to rockin’ a briefcase (or maybe just an adorable shoulder bag!). Get on it now—places are hiring for summer this very second.

Do what you love
Think about what interests you. Whether it’s your fave subject or something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had a chance. Try to get an internship in a field that is fascinating to you. When you’re passionate about something, you’ll enjoy the learning process so much more. It might even help you pick a major for college.
Connections are key
Finding an internship is easier than you think. Check out local companies (go to their websites) and see if they need any help, or talk to your guidance counselor and see if he or she can hook you up with an internship you’d enjoy.

If you don’t know of a place that features a field you want to pursue, talk to your parents, teachers or even friends’ parents. They may have a friend or co-worker who works at the perfect place. So look around, your new boss could be right under your nose. (Also, don’t forget about the career center in your school!)
All experience is good experience
Editor of the school newspaper? After school job at the mall? All of these things should be included on your resume, even if you think the experience has nothing to do with a potential internship. Sure you may be applying to doctor’s office, but being captain of a sports team shows good leadership and communication. So find the hidden talents you’ve learned from all of your extra-curricular activities. The key is to pick out qualities from your experience that would show an employer you’re hardworking and responsible.
Be open to diff opps
Talk to a school counselor or teacher and see if you could make an internship part of your one of your classes. And don’t be afraid to tell a potential employer what you’re good at and where you could fit in (maybe you’re a Twitter whiz or are super-organized). Don’t forget to let ‘em know you’re not looking to work 40 hours a week—just to pitch in here and there over the course of the summer or after school in the fall.

Good luck, girl!

BY ALLEE SWICK ON 5/8/2014 12:00:00 AM


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