High school internships are underrated — we’re shining a light on these valuable experiences by telling the stories of students around the state. Be on the lookout for more blog posts about high school internships!
Dear High Schooler,
If you’re wondering if you should do an internship, the answer is yes.
Maybe you don’t know where you’ll do it, because it’s nothing more than an idea right now. No problem! The process of finding an internship might teach you just as much as the experience itself. It may feel daunting to search for an opportunity as a high school student, but I think you’ll find there are more than you’d expect. Your school, community, and Indiana INTERNnet want to help prepare you for the workforce and know that internships are one of the best ways to do so.
Don’t underestimate the value of a high school internship. Even an unpaid position will …
Whether you’ve hosted interns for years or weeks, chances are you’re still not a mind-reader. You care about making this internship the best possible experience for everyone involved, but your intern may not know how to communicate their goals to you just yet. To make things easier, here’s a list of ten things your intern probably wishes you knew:
1. I’m here to work
If I wanted to be paid to do nothing, I would get a job as a house sitter. I’m here to gain experience in my field of interest, and I’d rather be busy than bored.
2. That said, I know my limits
And you probably do, too. I don’t expect every task you assign me to be incredibly important or challenging, because I understand there are some things I’m just not qualified to do. I’ll learn from the small things, too.
3. I’m always observing
Hi again! I am so excited to announce that I am back on the Indiana INTERNnet team for the summer! If you remember my name, then you know I was an intern last year through the summer and fall semesters. I am now back as the interim Program Assistant. It’s good to be back!
The current COVID-19 pandemic impacted many internships around the state. Regardless of the circumstances, Indiana employers aren’t letting this stop professional development events from happening virtually! With the cancellation of in-person events, employers throughout Indiana are still making an effort to prepare the state’s future workforce. Interns are able to attend these free events from the comfort of their own home and learn from career professionals in a wide range of areas. Between understanding personal branding and learning how to utilize LinkedIn, young professionals can use these opportunities to understand and develop new skills.
It’s the unofficial summer of virtual internships — we’re celebrating the successes and sharing the struggles that come with it. Be on the lookout for a blog post about virtual internships every Friday!
As I mentioned in my introductory post, Indiana INTERNnet is the fifth place I’ve been an intern. But it’s the first place I’ve been a fully virtual intern, which makes it a unique experience for me. I know I’m in good company, though – many of you have just started your first virtual summer internship too. So, now seems like a good time to reflect on the first week or two of telecommuting and let you know you’re not the only one who’s had some of these thoughts recently:
1. I miss company Keurigs. Remember the drawers full of fun K-Cup flavors we didn’t have to pay for? Well, I certainly do.
2. So much for the …
Dear Indiana INTERNnet,
The opportunity to intern with this company has been a delightful learning experience. Throughout the semester, I’ve learned and grown in many ways.
Most notably, I had the opportunity to plan and execute an Instagram-based social media campaign. The goal of the campaign was to create engaging content for students on our Instagram. I wrote out a full plan, created graphics, and produced videos through Tik-Tok for the platform. The result was an increase in followers and student engagement on our account!
Mike, our executive director, gave me full creative freedom to do this project. Thank you for being a fearless leader during these uncertain times.
Allison, you were super welcoming from the beginning. You’ve been my go-to whenever I needed guidance or a question answered. I’ll miss our chats about Beyoncè, sociology, and Ball State.
Caitlyn, I’ve learned so …