written by: nataliajones•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 9/3/2010
There are several high school internship benefits and this article takes a look at a few good reasons why these opportunities are worth the time it takes to find them and get accepted.
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Work experience beyond babysitting for neighborhood families is always a good idea for students that are in high school because there are lots of great side effects. The following are just a few of the high school internship benefits.
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Get Ahead of the Pack
When you are in high school getting into an internship is probably not high on your list of priorities, if it makes it on your radar at all. This attitude is one that is fairly standard to most high school students, which is the first reason why finding an internship is a great idea. The mere fact that not everyone is rushing out to get one means that you will not only have a better chance of being accepted, but you'll also stand out in college when you can state that you have already completed an internship.
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Figure Out if a Career Path is For You
Another reason to pursue a high school internship is because it helps to clarify your feelings regarding a certain field of study. It's not uncommon for a high school student to be completely convinced that following a certain field of study is what they want to do only to realize that the real world jobs and careers associated with their academic passion are not at all what they had envisioned. An internship helps to bring a course to life and the student can get first hand experience of what working in the field would be like and what type of jobs are available so they can make a more informed decision about what they want to study.
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Get Familiar With the World of Work
Beyond helping to settle on a career path an internship can also help high school students to simply get acquainted with what it is like to have a job. Lots of students do not fully understand how organizations work so they can get a good understanding of what it means to work for a professional company. This type of experience can be invaluable later on during their college years because it can help them to choose college internships that are of interest to their chosen field. It is one thing to choose an internship based on a superficial reputation but quite another to be able to identify characteristics of an organization that make it ideal for what you want to do. Getting a head start on a high school internship can help the student to be better equipped to make this distinction.
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Learn the Value of Money
Finally, one of the basic high school internship benefits is an introduction to the value of money. When high school students have the opportunity to work for a wage they develop a better appreciation of how to spend money. This can certainly make them more financially responsible college students.