Though students can often wait until college to apply for internships, high school students–especially graduating seniors–actually have multiple opportunities to start getting experience in their chosen fields now.
Internships provide a chance for students to network with working professionals, gain hands-on experience, and build professional skills even before going to college.
Read on for 11 awesome summer internship opportunities for high school students in fields ranging from engineering and STEM to business and the arts.
High school students often wonder if they can get involved in a summer internship at Google. While Google only offers internship positions in various fields like business, engineering, and technology to undergraduate and graduate students, CSSI has a summer program at Google open to high school seniors entering a four-year undergraduate program. Students must be intending to major in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related area department. While at the program, students will have the opportunity to learn more about computer science and interact with Google professionals.
Microsoft’s high school internship program allows students to delve further into computer science and programming. With a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), this summer internship is perfect for high school students interested in pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field. Students have the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience completing challenging yet achievable STEM projects.
Kaiser Permanente offers eight-week, paid summer internships to high school students interested in health-related fields. Kaiser specifically reserves spots for students who might not otherwise have access to the resources to pursue a career in health. Students gain hands-on experience while getting paid a minimum wage hourly during the internship.
Johns Hopkins hosts a variety of summer programs for underrepresented high school students to inspire them to pursue careers in science, public health, and medicine. These programs focus on a variety of STEM- and health-related fields. Johns Hopkins even offers a symposium for students who have participated in the CARES program.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) accepts applications from high school seniors planning on enrolling in a four- or five-year undergraduate program for a summer undergraduate program internship. Students learn about the world of intelligence while participating in work relating to their intended college major.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center offers internships to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors at least 16 years of age to participate in either research or other experiential learning under the guidance of a mentor at a NASA installation. The internships take place across four campuses in Maryland, Virginia, New York, and West Virginia. NASA’s internships are designed to engage students interested in STEM-related fields.
The Intern Group accepts applications from students 18 and older who want to experience an internship abroad in almost every imaginable field from business, finance, and marketing to engineering, architecture, and law. The programs focus on cultural immersion and educational growth and take students to destinations across Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, the United States, and Canada.
The Smithsonian offers a wide variety of summer internships for high school students interested in fields related to history, culture, art, design, technology, science, and nature. Students can choose from multiple opportunities designed to help them express themselves, learn communication and leadership skills, and prepare for college and their future careers–all while exploring the Smithsonian’s museum environments.
Sponsored by the American Fisheries Society, this summer program for high school students interested in the fisheries profession matches selected Hutton Scholars with a fisheries professional in their local area. Students gain hands-on fisheries science experience in a freshwater and/or marine setting and receive payment over the course of the internship.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers paid summer internship opportunities for rising juniors and seniors who either reside in or attend high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. During this program, students can connect with professionals in the world of the artistic, museum-related, and other creative work. Students are paid a stipend while networking with other students and gaining professional skills.
The Geosciences Bridge Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) offers a six-week paid internship for graduating high school students who plan to pursue careers in the geosciences. The program allows students to experience lectures, hands-on activities, and field trips, while gaining credit for two college courses.