Empowerly’s Guide to High School Internships

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Madeleine Karydes
Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine attended UC Berkeley and double-majored in English and Media Studies. She is now an integral part of the Empowerly team.

These days, with extracurriculars in flux, it can be hard to fill out a standard resume. On top of your regular demanding school schedule and campus clubs, it’s hard to branch out. Beyond that, striving to be a well-rounded candidate by gaining an internship position is even harder! It’s a competitive, and sometimes cutthroat, search process. However, you don’t need to jump in the deep end without guidance. Based on our extensive success helping high schoolers find educational and unique internships in high school, we have the expertise to help. Today, we’re publishing the official Empowerly’s Guide to High School Internships to boost your chances of standing out.

Okay, I’m ready. Where do I start?

There are several different kinds of internship positions. First, you need to know how to find them. Next, depending on your skills and qualifications, we want to help you apply to the spots you’re most likely to succeed. After you have all that sorted–it’s application and interview time! But still, you’re not done yet; after landing a great position, we even have guidance on how to make it worth your time on the job. Read on for a preview of the guide and the opportunity to download your very own copy.

This is serious stuff

“For the most selective colleges, some sort of internship is extremely important for being on par with competitive applicants. Having more than just academic experience in an area of interest that you can discuss deeply will be impressive for admissions committees.”

Empowerly Counselor Gelyna Price

Our tips include:

  • What internships are, and why everyone needs to start now
  • Internships vs. Externships in practical terms
  • Finding traditional internships
  • Landing research internships (advice from peers and counselors)
  • Preparing effectively
  • Making the most of every opportunity that comes your way
  • and more!

And now, here is the official Empowerly High School Internships:

Go ahead, download it! This is Empowerly’s Guide to High School Internships. This guide provides pointers from start to finish.

We’re proud to provide this knowledge free of charge to any student who needs help. Read through it, share it with friends, post it on social media, and reference it any time.

This is a preview of what you’ll find inside…

Internships vs. Externships

With the current state of things, finding summer activities are hard. Luckily, a lot of internships and externships have switched over to being remote, allowing students to continue to explore possible career paths without putting themselves at risk of exposure. But what are externships and what makes them different from internships?

Internships: the basics

An internship is a great opportunity to get some experience under your belt and learn from those more senior to you. This is great if you already have an idea of what sort of career you want to pursue.

Externships: the basics

Not sure exactly what you’d like to do when you finish your education, but keen to test the options in the industry before making a decision? Then perhaps you should consider an externship.

When applying:

It’s important to cast your net wide when applying for internships, apply for several positions as early as possible. In many cases the early bird does catch the worm, with applicants accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so apply early to improve your chances! For those positions that you haven’t heard back from, but are particularly excited about, follow up with the contact person/HR department. And don’t wait too long to apply for more if you haven’t received any offers. You want to make sure you have fallback options.

Stay on top of the ball

It is always worthwhile to keep your eyes open for new resources. It’s also important to have a manageable and flexible schedule. As you find new opportunities through networking you can fit the opportunities that best suit your goals into your schedule.

You can find all this and more in Empowerly’s Guide to High School Internships. Our graphic design magician Sophia included links to resources you can utilize, and incorporated advice from one of our top counselors, Gelyna, throughout. The first-hand experience and perspective Gelyna provides is truly invaluable.


Still struggling?

Empowerly also offers an internship program (now completely remote), matching applicants with local startups. Applicants get hands-on, real world experience interning in the fields of software engineering, business development, marketing, research, and more. You’ll also get to work directly with the founders and learn about their experiences.

That’s what we are here for! We are happy to answer your questions about how to get started, and set you up with a complimentary consultation session to share more information about our program and approach. The Empowerly counselors have experience helping with every part of the college application, including matching students with our contacts at a range of great internship positions. Book your consult today.

Questions? Let us know!