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How to find summer computer science internships for high school students?

I'm really into computer science, and I would like to apply for a summer internship to gain hands-on experience. Does anyone know any resources to find internships specifically for high school students?

7 months ago

It's great that you're looking to gain hands-on experience in computer science through a summer internship. Here are a few resources and approaches to help you find internships specifically for high school students:

1. Local tech companies and startups: Research local tech companies and startups in your area, visit their websites, and even reach out to them directly to check if they offer any internships or opportunities for high school students. Even if they normally don't work with high schoolers, you could propose a summer project you'd like to work on—local businesses are sometimes willing to make an exception to help out local students.

2. Networking: Reach out to your school's computer science teacher, guidance counselor, or alumni network to see if they have any connections to companies or organizations that offer internships. You can also ask any family friends who work in tech if they have suggestions for you. Personal connections can help you find opportunities that may not be advertised online.

3. Online platforms: Websites like Internships.com, Indeed, and LinkedIn often list internships targeted towards high school students. You can filter your search by adding terms like "high school" or "student" alongside "computer science internship."

4. Summer programs specifically for high school students: Explore summer programs and camps designed for high school students focusing on computer science. Some examples include: MIT LaunchX, Girls Who Code, and iD Tech Camps. You can also find a more extensive list on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/high-school-computer-science-summer-programs. These programs can provide a more structured environment to learn and apply programming skills.

5. Research labs and academic institutions: Many universities have research labs or projects that may offer internships or volunteer opportunities for high school students. Reach out to professors or graduate students working in areas that interest you to inquire about potential opportunities.

Remember, persistence is key when searching for internships. Be open to various options, and don't forget to tailor your resume and cover letter to each opportunity to demonstrate how you see it enhancing your passion for computer science. Good luck!

7 months ago

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