Internships are valuable experiences for high school students. They not only help your resume stand out to admissions committees and future employers but also demonstrate that you’re spending your time outside of school learning about and delving into your passion. Furthermore, they teach you important skills that you’ll ultimately need in your chosen field.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has impacted a number of opportunities and experiences, including internships. Many high school students who planned on interning in a work setting and gaining hands-on experience will no longer be able to do so due to social distancing rules. But that doesn’t mean you have to resort to twiddling your thumbs this summer. Here are nine remote high school internships to keep your learning and engaged — all still accepting applications.

10 Online Internships for High Schoolers

1. EnergyMag Internship

Looking to help make the world a better place? Through EnergyMag’s internships, open to high school and college students, you’ll gain experience working in the renewable energy sector. You’ll gain research and analytical skills and work experience via half-time (2-8 weeks, 20 hours per week) or quarter-time (1-9 months, 8 hours per week) internships.

2. PHC Group, LLC Mary Miller Summer Program

Rising high school seniors and new graduates can gain leadership skills and explore independent interests through this paid internship. Working under the guidance of the public health director, you’ll work on social media and community projects, as well as conduct research on social trends.

3. Upkey Leadership & Career Readiness Internship

Upkey offers 1,000 new virtual internships to equip students with leadership and career readiness skills each quarter. Through project-based learning and micro-internships across different business functions, high school seniors and college students can gain skills and explore concepts such as financial literacy, multichannel marketing, understanding social equity, and more.

4. Geosciences Bridge Program

The Geosciences Bridge Program is a 6-week paid internship at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for students interested in ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences, and geographic information systems. The program is not only filled with lectures, fun field trips, and hands-on activities, but interns also earn college credits! Even better, the program covers housing, meals, and travel to and from the University of Maryland East Shore. 

5. Smithsonian Internships

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest and most prominent museum system. The Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships & Internships offers a wide range of intriguing internship opportunities throughout the various Smithsonian museums. Students can find positions in art history, business and administration, museum conservation, and much more.

6. Spikeview Social Media and Product Strategy Internship

Spikeview is a mobile platform that allows teenagers to showcase their unique experiences and achievements. It’s kind of like LinkedIn, but for teens. Spikeview is offering unpaid internships and ambassadorship programs to high school students throughout the US to provide experience in marketing and business/product strategy. This Social Media and Product Strategy Internship will let you work with outreach teams and even the CEO. 

7. United Planet Virtual Internship

United Planet is a global non-profit with the mission of fostering a global community through volunteership. Students over the age of 16 can intern in the fields of global health, environmental sustainability, and children and education. This opportunity will allow students to broaden their understanding of various cultures throughout the world, while also expanding their network by working with teams of like-minded students.

8. NASA High School Internship Program

NASA offers high school internship programs to students year-round. Typically, these internships are in-person at one of NASA’s many centers countrywide, but due to COVID-19 NASA is offering these amazing internship opportunities virtually. This high school internship program allows students to work on a variety of different projects, and there is no prior experience required to apply! Most interns are offered a stipend depending on their academic level and internship length.

9. U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program provides students with paid opportunities to explore various Federal career paths. One current position is the Pathways Internship Student Trainee with the Department of Health and Human Services. There are three options within this role, including an Administrative Trainee, Public Health Analyst Trainee, and Information Technology Trainee.

10. DOROT Summer Teen Internship Program

DOROT is a non-profit organization that aims to support the aging population through volunteership and meaningful support. DOROT’s internship program allows students to learn about the various needs of the aging population while also being actively involved in discussion groups strategizing to improve direct impact. As a result of COVID-19, this is the first time this awesome internship is being offered remotely.

Tips for Finding a High School Internship

1. Look Local

Getting an internship doesn’t always have to mean working at a big company. As a matter of fact, it will probably be easiest to find an internship at a nearby company due to that local connection.

Another benefit of working for local businesses is the ability to really make an impact. With fewer employees and more direct exposure to the owner/CEO, local internship opportunities can allow you to learn so much and contribute to the direction of the company.

A lot of times, there aren’t even listings for internships at small businesses online. As a high student, oftentimes your best bet can be directly emailing the business you would like to intern at, or messaging the small business owner on LinkedIn.

2. Adapt Your Search

With COVID-19 still impacting businesses across our country, looking for an internship may require adapting your preferences to opportunities that better align with working remotely. For example, it is a lot easier to pursue opportunities such as journalism, software engineering, and marketing in a remote environment as compared to mechanical engineering and healthcare.

While it may be difficult to find opportunities in a field you’re interested in, it’s important to not give up hope and try to be resourceful when finding opportunities. Ask your teachers, counselor, and family members whether they know someone in your field of interest. Dig through LinkedIn profiles and try cold messaging business owners.

3. Work on Your Interview Skills

As a high school student, interviews can definitely be intimidating. However, the more you practice on your interview skills, the more prepared and confident you will feel when the opportunity arises. One really great way to practice is by doing mock interviews with people you know.

How does Internships Impact Your College Chances?

Extracurriculars are extremely important in the college admissions process, especially to selective colleges. In fact, extracurriculars are almost as important as academics at these schools. This is because most applicants will be academically-qualified, so it’s the more qualitative factors like extracurriculars and essays that set each candidate apart.

Internships can generally boost your application, but it depends on factors like your responsibilities, the duration of the internship, and the selectivity of the role.

Culled from College Vine

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