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Should I get an internship after freshman year?

Hey everyone! I just finished my freshman year of high school and I was wondering if it's a good idea to start looking for internships already. I want to make the most of my high school experience, but I'm not sure if it's too early to start interning or if employers even accept freshmen. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

8 months ago

It’s excellent to see you taking initiative in your high school journey! Getting an internship as a freshman isn't a very common occurrence, but it's certainly possible. Some employers do offer opportunities to underclassmen, especially if it's a local business or a family connection. It's crucial, however, to balance your time effectively. Focus on maintaining strong grades, building your foundational skills, and exploring your interests through clubs or volunteer work.

If you do find an internship, that's fantastic! It can offer valuable insights into a professional field and strengthen your college applications down the line. Remember, the quality of your experiences often outweighs the quantity, so even if you don’t secure an internship right away, engaging deeply in a few select activities can be just as impactful.

For example, if you start volunteering at a local animal shelter, you may later go on to intern at a veterinary clinic in your junior year. This progression kind of progression shows a clear evolution of interest and commitment, which colleges often appreciate. Best of luck, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your school's career center or counseling office for personalized guidance!

8 months ago

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