Using this method, I got three internships in high school, without any experience or connection to a single company! My Princeton admissions officer later told me in PERSON that this experience was a big factor in my being accepted!
So, how do you get a summer job in high school? Will doing an internship get you into the Ivy League? How do you go about getting a letter of recommendation, possibly from a CEO?
This video includes a step-by-step process on how to get the summer internship that will get you accepted into your dream school. No matter which college you apply to, admissions officers cannot overlook a college-level internship in your extracurricular section of your application.
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- A high school summer internship looks fantastic on your college application. In fact, I've been told personally, by the person that reviewed my Princeton application, that the internship I undertook at a local startup was a huge bonus to my application.
- If you couldn't find any through your connections, don't worry. I was in the same situation as you. This video includes a step-by-step process on how to get your dream internship with no connections at all.
Things to consider when making your list:
- Go through the top 100 fastest growing companies in your local city (lists can easily be Google'd)
- Startups are much more likely to give high school students internships than big companies are
- When you write a college application, your aim should be to write a story, and this story has to be a clear and focused one in which everything relates to each other. That's why the company you work at has to relate to the other things you're doing, or else it just looks like padding. Keep the company's product/service in line with one of your passions!
- a resume is a document that should list your GPA, the honors classes that you've taken, the clubs that you're leadership in, or even a part of, the programs you've participated in, any special skills you have, languages, and your contact information.
- Crimson Education (get a FREE consultation on your college application HERE https://bit.ly/2IgHbrn) is a great resource to create a resume that will have employers fighting to hire you. There are also free tutorials here on YouTube, but a lot of them are for people who are applying for real jobs, and note that a high school student's resume will be a lot different than a college graduate's resume.
- There are two goals of the cover letter. The first is to introduce yourself and to show all the skills that you have, and demonstrate your passions and skills to the employer. And second, to show the employer how these skills can be used in their business.
- Address your letter to the CEO directly. Don't dance around the point, tell them straight up that you want to intern at their company, and here's why, and here's my resume.
- By saying things like “I’m willing to work for minimum wage” and “I can take care of my transportation,” you show that you really want to work there, and are not just doing this for padding (even if you are). The less resources the company has to use to employ you, the greater the chance of their CEO giving you a shot.
- Steer clear of weak language, i.e. "I want" or "I think." Instead, think more like: My experience in (insert activity I do that relates to this business here) will prove useful when doing x, y, or z at your firm.
- Make sure the cover letter you're sending to each company is different, and that you mention different things you've done that directly relate to that company, excluding things that don't really 'fit.'
- Don't send your cover letter as an email with the resume as an attachment. Instead, send a printed letter and resume in a physical envelope, addressed to the CEO.