ACTs and SATs are completed, college applications are submitted, and final exams are over! Now, Summer is here and students are wondering what else there is to do. Should you continue to do things that involve concentration on college/job interests? Absolutely! Interning with people and organizations that closely fit the mold of what you will be majoring in in college is great, and any volunteering or interning consistently always looks great on your resume.

Why High School Students should do a Summer Internship?

Well, when it comes to the work field, education is a great foundation to have on your resume. To further hold an employer’s interest, especially one that you confidently are working to join forces with, experience in your field of interest is pertinent. It is simply how the times have changed. Most employers will not even consider interviewing a candidate if that person has no history of interning or volunteering at one, and preferably more than one place.

Purpose #1: It’s Good to Have an Internship When Applying to College

In college, some internships provide college credit eligibility. You must consult with your college advisor and place of internship to see if this would be available, and usually is an easy conversation to have.

Purpose #2: It gives you work experience

A summer internship will also look great for future job applications. This is definitely the case if you decide to go forward with this particular field. You’ll already have a work history under your belt even if you decided not to work during college. This will help tremendously with your resume, future job interviews, and self-confidence when it comes to working.

Purpose #3: You gain the skills you need for your field

Interning and volunteer experience can be very beneficial to a student who would be interested in evolving their relationship at any particular place they intern as many companies will hire interns after a certain period of time. Wouldn’t that be delightful to develop a meaningful business relationship with a place you intern at? It makes transitioning into a paid position so much smoother and easier.  

Purpose #4: To build a professional network

Other great benefits of interning/volunteering are that students will gain knowledge, hands-on experience, and building a personal/business network of references that could possibly open up many doors of opportunity in the future.

Purpose #5: Take a stand

An internship on your resume will give you a competitive edge. This will showcase your dedication and drive for success.

Purpose #6: To boost your self-confidence

The key to getting a professional job is confidence. An internship that allows you to display your skills and ambitions is a good way to build confidence.

Below are resources for students seeking internships, and we highly recommend researching and contacting you as soon as possible to make your plans accordingly: 

Ask personal/professional references for any internships/volunteering that you can do if it closely relates to your passions and a college degree.

Socrato wishes students all of the best when it comes to taking that leap of confidence to kickstarting the path to career success. Check back with us for more tips and information!