Why wait until college to have valuable internship experiences? Encouraging internships during high school is a growing trend across the United States. However, schools must ensure that students are able to learn the most from their internships. It can be difficult for students to find organizations that fit their interests and allow high school interns. I have heard numerous internship success stories as well as spoken to students who were disappointed by their internship. Much of this variation is the result of whether or not the organization mentors the student and actively involves him or her in the work. Consequently, school should make a point to reach out to businesses in the community so that mutually beneficial internships can be organized. If these connections can be formed there is a higher likelihood that students will intern at an organization that they can learn the most from.
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