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Category: Jobs & Internships

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, ...

Posted July 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Four rules for being an au pair on your gap year

Have you ever dreamed about living abroad or doing a gap year after high school, only to be held back financially? Before starting college at the University of Wyoming, Taylor Wyndell embarked on a great journey to Switzerland because she found work as an “au pair” taking care of a family’s children. This was to be the teen’s first trip to Europe. In her words, “I was afraid if I didn’t do it while I was young I wouldn’t ever do it.” Being an au pair is a great way to work during a gap year and still get to ...

Posted July 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments

Resumes are not just for adult job applicants. High school students applying to college, summer jobs and internships need resumes too. A well-written high school resume is more than just a list of accomplishments; it’s a snapshot or a picture of who you are and how you spend your time. A college admissions officer should be able to read your high school resume and get an idea of your interests, your educational background and your goals. If writing a resume seems overwhelming, you’re not alone. Most high school students struggle with writing a resume. Before you being, you may have ...

Posted May 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Pastry chef? Illustrator? Diver? Yup, Those are STEM Careers

Many students assume that a STEM degree will lead to a career as an engineer or a researcher, but this is not always true. Science, technology, engineering and math degrees have many applications outside of what you might imagine when you are considering a course or, say a summer chemistry camp. Here are six careers you might not have imagined: 1. Medical illustrator Medical illustration combines the arts and science. Medical illustration is a small, highly competitive field, and most individuals who work in this area have a master’s degree in medical illustration. In order to prepare for their careers, ...

Posted May 12, 2016, 1:18 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School

Garrett Royce credits the Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) program at Vermont Tech for making his college career a success. The VAST program is an early college, independent high school exclusively for high school seniors who want to receive a high school diploma and complete a year of college at the same time. The fully accredited program is specifically for high school seniors with a strong ability in math and science. “The transition from being a high school student to becoming a college student was virtually a seamless one as a VAST student,” Garrett says. “All my responsibilities ...

Posted May 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Try This 5-Step Reality Check for Your Degree’s Earning Power

Being realistic about earning potential after college graduation is an important part of your college application decision. When you weigh your financial aid packages, ask yourself whether or not you will be able to repay any college loans you take out to pay for the education. Even if the college is prestigious, a high-priced degree may not be the best choice if you are offered a bad financial aid package or have to depend on loans. Here are some tips to help decide whether your degree will be a good investment: 1. Study various career paths. Research the jobs that ...

Posted April 19, 2016, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Start making summer plans

Throughout most of the year you’ll have a difficult time planning activities with friends or taking on new responsibilities that suck time away from schoolwork. That’s why summer is such a great opportunity for teen internships, travel and community service. You’ve got three months when there are no papers due, no tests to study for, and no commute to school every day. You’ve got lots of freedom, but that means you need to use the time well. Many of my friends wasted their summers away doing little more that hanging out at the mall and playing video games. The problem ...

Posted April 12, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Reasons To Earn Money this Summer

It’s great if your parents sometimes resemble walking ATM machines. You stroll up, ask for $20, and you get a direct deposit right from their wallet. Many teenagers rely on their parents for cash in high school, and that’s not always a bad thing. You’re spending your time studying, so shouldn’t your parents help you out whenever possible? It’s great to have the help, but here are three reasons to consider earning and managing your own money in high school, say with a summer job: 1. You’ll have more control. Let’s say that you want to go to an awesome ...

Posted March 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
How Smart are you About a Summer Job?

When you’re a teenager, many times the process of applying for a job, being interviewed, and being evaluated and hired goes something like this: “Hey, the restaurant I’m working at needs some help and you can start right away.” And, before you know it, you have a job. There are a lot of good reasons why a job is a great experience, but there are also some potential problems. With the summer job season right around the corner, you and your parents should take some time to discuss the process and establish some guidelines. The advantages and disadvantages were all ...

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