Students Prepare for Summer Internships
by Madeline Barnes on Friday, June 7th, 2013
For at least one day every year, Milton Academy students are all simultaneously happy: graduation, a celebration which marks the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer. For some, summer is a time for relaxation; for others, it’s a season for internships. Though interning is quite common for high school students, the purpose of an internship often varies. The general consensus among students is that an internship looks good on a college application and displays interest in a particular field of study in which one might major in college. However, more importantly, a high school summer internship should provide a meaningful learning experience for the student in the profession which he or she may want to pursue. Internships, through hands-on experiences or shadowing of experts, help many students have an idea about what direction they want to go into.
While specific electives at Milton give students the opportunity to discover and learn about which subjects they are passionate, an internship provides one with professional experience and, in a way, acts as an indicator about whether a career is right or not. Almost half of employers prefer to see internships on a student’s resume, says College Parents of America, as this background gives an employer reassurance about hiring someone who has experience in that specific field. While some people consider the objective of a summer internship in high school to be for a college application, the importance of the work lies in the internship’s meaning on the student’s life. As opposed to rewarding superficial internships, most universities are “ultimately looking for students that will prosper in the real world,” says college preparatory website College Explorer. On one hand, while an internship’s appearance on an college application might make one stand out from the rest of the applicants, it does not guarantee that a student will be successful at whatever they choose to do in college or their chosen field of work. On the other hand, the internship can help a student make a more informed decision about which career one might like to pursue.
With graduation rapidly approaching, summer internships, though not mandatory, should be strongly considered as a way to spend part of your summer. Taking the initiative to engage in some sort of internship will not only assist you in choosing your future job, but also give your future employer the peace of mind that you bring a hands-on understanding of your profession to your work.
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