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Category: Jobs & Internships

Posted May 29, 2018, 9:33 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
Older woman mentoring younger woman sitting at a computer.

Take a minute to Google a few commencement keynote speakers. In their speeches, they tend to always mention someone who inspired them to greatness. That someone is often a mentor. A mentor can be anyone whom you admire and trust to help you become a better version of yourself, or who can help you understand the intricacies of, say, a particular profession. A mentor is vested in you and making sure you learn or experience what you need to reach your goals. A mentor is a helpmate, a teacher and a champion all rolled into one. A mentor is ideally ...

Posted April 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Male sound engineer working on a sound board as part of his music career.

Although many musicians perform, most don’t rely only on performance to meet their financial and career needs. Making it in classical ensemble or musical theater, as a singer/songwriter, or with a band can be a slow and uneven journey – even when it works! And not every musician wants to perform. So what else can you do with your life if you really want to major in music? Here are some options. 1. Music Technology If you’re passionate about music and consider yourself a computer nerd, music technology may be a good fit. Many music schools offer majors in recording, ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2017, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
Learn the 6 Super Skills of the Best High School Interns

Congratulations: You’ve landed a an internship, and you’re ready to explore the real world. But landing a gap year or high school internship is just the beginning. You want to work hard and work smart so that you’ll leave this position with great habits, great contacts and great recommendations. You want to demonstrate that you’re ready and able to learn new skills and responsibilities – and we’re not talking about the location of the nearest Starbucks so you can pick up the coffee order. I mentored dozens of high school and college interns over a 40-year career in journalism, and ...

Posted May 12, 2017, 8 a.m. by Matthew Jaskol | View Comments
How to Find a Teen Summer Program That's Right for You

As director of academic programs for Pioneer Academics, I work with hundreds of inquisitive young people like you, day in and day out, helping them find their academic way. Frequently that means discovering the right high school summer program. My advice: Look inside yourself. Discover your interests. Listen to your heart. Share with others. Get to work and commit to a program that helps you become the person you want to be. Look Inside Yourself Deep down in each of us are natural inclinations toward some things and away from others. That’s what makes us different and unique. Our natural ...

Posted March 27, 2017, 3 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
There are careers in the arts like make-up artist where your performing arts degree will allow you to earn money.

Visit the American art meccas: New York, Los Angeles, Cotuit. OK, so Cotuit, a sleepy village on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, isn’t quite up there with the Big Apple and LA, but it is home to a bustling community arts center. It serves as proof that you don’t need to be a Broadway singer or a movie star to make a living with a degree from a visual or performing arts program. “If you can find employment in the field you love, you’ll have no idea where it can take you,” says David Kuehn, executive director of the Cotuit Center ...

Posted March 7, 2017, 2 p.m. by Joshua Caleb Collins | View Comments
Catapult Ideas is a 10-week summer startup incubator for high school students.

Will you have the skills needed to be successful in a rapidly changing world? Do you see solutions for problems others don’t? Are you driven to add to positive change in this world to create real impact? Have you ever thought about starting a business or joining a startup? You might be a young innovator or entrepreneur with potential for greatness. I’m the Founder and CEO of Catapult Ideas, a 10-week summer startup incubator for high school students looking to develop a mindset and skills for solving real world problems. I’m a young entrepreneur myself and have mentored top young ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Find Your Summer in TeenLife's Guide or at a Program Fair

Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond? TeenLife’s annual Guide to Overnight Summer Programs is a way to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun. At TeenLife, we know that a summer spent at camp, in an internship, learning a new skill, exploring a subject in depth or traveling to new ...

Posted Oct. 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Scott Weighart | View Comments
How to Interview for an Internship

An interview for a high school internship or gap year internship could be long and arduous, or just an informal meeting to make sure that you are presentable and have basic social skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard. Either way, here are a few fundamentals to help you give the best impression possible when you’re headed to the interview. Research and prepare in advance. Memorizing tons of facts is not necessary, but it’s important to have a good idea of what the company does. If it’s a restaurant or store, visit in advance to get a ...

Posted Aug. 11, 2016, 2:08 p.m. by Rachel Devaney | View Comments
 8 Ways to Rock as a Summer Intern

While scoring a summer high school internship is a major league accomplishment – it's only half the game. You may have spent the year perfecting your resume, collecting references and applying for a spectrum of summer internships, but, once you get it, maintaining it is a job in itself. All students can benefit greatly from some preparation and training before they begin their internships, says Monique De La Oz, senior director of career development at Phipps Neighborhoods, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive education and career programs for young people and families in the New York City area. "What many ...

Posted July 26, 2016, 9:10 a.m. by Rachel Devaney | View Comments
Beef Up Your Resume with a High School Internship

High school internships let you explore interests, learn new things, get on-the-job-training and develop skills that will boost your college applications and help you be successful. An internship allows a student to demonstrate an interest in something specific and “that makes them a much better candidate for college,” said career advisor Allison Cheston of Career Connector. Internships can also help develop a network for college letters of recommendation and reflect your interest in specific areas, such as pre-med programs and medical school. While it might be easier to find internships in major cities, such as Washington, D.C., Chicago or Boston, ...

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