TIPS FOR SEEKING INTERNSHIPS AND PROGRAMS
For those approaching the pinnacle years of the high school experience, the burdens and expectations are beginning to take a corporeal haunting form. The doubts of ability and fear of failure are enough to haunt even the most stout believer. It’s the summer before junior year and while most of us are enjoying our extensive summer break, you end up reflecting on what you have and have not done in your relatively short career as a student. This article is made with the intention to alleviate some of the stress that is involved when looking for extracurriculars.
For those of you who are having a hard time looking for internships that match your career interests (or lack of) then you’re in luck. This article is meant to help those struggling to find good sources of information on internships and programs. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the dates. If your looking to fill up your school year and summer breaks with internships it is especially important to start early. For the fall semester programs, applications open and close in the spring and summer months of the previous year. For most summer programs applications open and end between the months of December-February. This is especially important because you do not want to start searching for internships and programs in March when all applications have already closed. Keep in mind that there are also early bird applications due in November that have reduced application price for some of the more difficult internships during the summer.
It is highly recommended that you mark your calendars with “start dates” a week or two before the “deadline” and then the actual deadline itself. Some useful sites to look at are actually sites of renowned and large highschools. Often times they have their program lists on their websites. Check out the Stuyvesant internship bulletin here. And the Laguardia High School’s internships list here. Another way of getting the internships you want is visiting the sites of colleges that you are interested in. Most colleges have internship programs over the summer. Some of the most notable college internship programs you should check out include NYU, Columbia, and Yale. Hope this helps! And good luck with your applications!
THE STEPS ON THE STAIRCASE TO COLLEGE
Getting to college is so often an abstract, vague process, and it is rightfully so. The main purpose of this article is to demystify and clarify some of the steps that are needed to be accepted in your dream college. First and foremost is the concept that you need help. Whether it is help putting together a resume, practicing for college interviews, homework help, or studying for the SATs, having the support of other people is essential on your journey to college. So don’t be afraid to ask your guidance counselors (Ms. Tee, Mr. Klein, Ms. Hazel, and Ms. Marilyn), the Student Council, and fellow students for advice and pointers and family members for guidance. You might even find a club dedicated to just that purpose (Hunter Outreach, cough, cough). All these little steps lead to the ultimate goal but each step takes a lot of effort and deliberation.
I’ve gotten a lot of tips and by far the most important (I think) is having a good relationship with teachers, in addition to good grades. And this is not limited to highschool. Having a good relationship with teachers often correlates to having good grades because it allows students more time to work on understanding the material better. So come to office hours, even if it’s only one day a week, it will not only improve your relationships with your teacher but your grades as well. Maintaining your grades and relationships with teachers is important because there will come a time when you have to ask your teachers for recommendations. In addition, your grade will be the first thing colleges look at to see if you qualify for applications, greatly increasing the likelihood of getting accepted into a great college.
Another must in highschool is joining extracurriculars inside or outside of the school. A large majority of students don’t know what they want to do in the future, a problem that I’m sure many students (including myself) have faced. But there are ways to find out what you are interested in, such as joining clubs available at school. You might find anatomy, robotics, chess, or botany interesting. Or if you want to explore other careers there are hundreds of programs and nonprofits in the city worth looking into. You could find a summer job, intern, or volunteer places, so take advantage of the opportunities this city creates! If you want more information please click here. The reason why this is so important is that, not only will extracurriculars help you find and follow your passions early on, it will also help you build your resume. Extracurriculars tell colleges that you utilized your time and resources well.
In short, use your resources. Your siblings are a great resource of information and your peers and guidance counselors will help you too. Go to your guidance counselor, Student Council, and Hunter Outreach, and they will help you find your extracurriculars and give some helpful advice.