Internships Provide Students Much Needed Jobs
High School students are a demographic of the population that indeed have it rough right now in their search for internships and jobs.
Traditionally, students were for the most part focused on summer internships. That's not the circumstances any longer. There are a lot of high school students trying to find full time employment in addition to trying to finish high school. Student internships are available but a student must be pushy in their search habits and techniques.
There are many voluntary internships available to students, but let's be real. That's unreasonable. I regard any organization using the work of students in an unpaid job as wholly unprincipled and not a organization to work for. An upstanding and reasonable organization will in no way try to bring in a benefit off the back of high school students giving free labor. Stay elsewhere is my suggestion. Learn a skill and understand about a company while being paid for your job.
One of the basic searches that I advise for students is through social media. A student should use Twitter and Facebook to network in their home township. The students that use this tactic will be far in advance of the other students in looking for employment. Understand, those other students are your challengers. You must be crafty and use different methods that will most likely deliver job interviews in order to land your internship.
As far as an internship earnings goes, do not expect to earn a lofty wage. You can be bringing only around minimum wage. You will not uncover a lot of employers wishing to pay high wages to part time student interns. Money is a consideration but ultimately a student is also working to acquire work knowledge before entering the work force.
There are a lot of trades and opportunities out there, a student just has to keep hunting and not be discouraged. I have consistently advocated that a student turn out a video resume and advertise it on the internet to YouTube and additional sites. If they do that, ask their contacts to send out the link to everyone they know. You will be surprised at what a video can do in your job search. It shows a prospective employer that you have determination and are resolving to go outside the standard in order to clinch your job.
My recommendation is reviewed like this. Think outside the box. Be creative. Maximize all matters of social media to get your announcement across. Exchange ideas like crazy with family and supporters. Ask them to email links of your social media pages and ponder making a video where you are asking an employer for an internship. Every so often when you ask directly, you will get that position. Don't be terrified.
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Jake Duke writes about employment and careers. Internships For High School Students