Summer 2018: Decision Time!
Internship opportunities for high school students are becoming increasing available. They provide valuable skill development and insight on college and career options at perhaps the most appropriate time in a student’s life. A university education gets more expensive every year and switching majors can add yet additional costs. Internships are a way of informing, focusing and helping a student eventually choose their pathway to a career; one of life’s most important decisions.
Internships vs. summer jobs vs. doing nothing - which is better?
The case for internships:
An internship is the perfect time to figure out if your desired career is the right fit for you.
- You’ll have the opportunity to build your professional network
- You’ll substantially improve your resume with references that matter
- You may even discover that a given career is not for you, helping you avoid feeling stuck in a job you don't like
- Depending on how well you perform at your internship, you may even be offered a full-time position after you complete your post-high school education
- An internship provides the opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience in your industry/vocation/profession of choice
The case for a summer job:
- Unlike many internships, a summer job is an opportunity to earn extra cash.
- A summer job does allow you to opportunity to expand your professional network, but only if your job is the area of your intended career.
- Working at a job during the summer allows you to build core skills such as communication and other interpersonal skills.
The case for doing nothing:
There really isn’t one, but ... There is a very strong case for turning your summer job into a paid internship!
You get the best of both worlds!
Email Andy Sevald or call 425-385-4081 to find out how!
Decision Time! is fast approaching - Deadline: May 18, 2018. Ultimately, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. While internships can help boost your professional career, summer jobs can also provide you with vital real-world skills you'll need to succeed. Either way, the choice is yours.
Engineering and Manufacturing Internship – Careers in advanced manufacturing offer exciting opportunities in designing and improving products, operating high-tech tools and machinery, analyzing problems and coming up with creative solutions, and working with both your hands and your mind. – Boeing, AJAC Youth Apprenticeship
Medical Careers Internship – Some careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information – Providence, Snohomish Health District
Information and Communication Technology Internship – The information technology industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial field that continues to have a revolutionary impact on the economy and on the world. – City of Mill Creek IT, Comms Mktg
Energy and Sustainability Internship – If you’re eager to be at the vanguard of 21st century technology innovation and problem solving, you will find plenty to keep you captivated here. – Snohomish County Conservation District, NOAA
Business and Professional Services Internship – Students learn business skills essential to efficient, productive operations for any company – Everett Parks and Recreation, Everett YMCA
Educational Studies Internship – Education is one of the basic rights of children in America, and states will always need qualified teachers. - Everett Public Schools Elementary Summer School Teacher
If, after weighing all your options, you decide that a summer internship, either combined with your summer job or as a stand alone, is best for you, Everett Public Schools can help!