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What Summer Internship Should I be Applying for?

With the end of the school year around the corner, summer internships are becoming a hot topic of conversation for high schoolers, especially upperclassmen. The question remains: What kind of internship should you be applying for to maximize your college application resume? There are two types of work that you could do to be enhancing your applications for the fall, and we'll be breaking down both of them here!



The first option for summer internships is just that, an internship. But these can hold real weight in your college applications if done right. Internships in your later high school years should be geared towards what you think you'll be going into in college. This shows colleges your readiness for your career, passion for what you will be studying, and that you have real world experience already. Your actionable interest in what you want to pursue in life demonstrates to colleges that you will be continuing with your career, and that academically they could have the opportunity to help you get there.


The second option for summer internships is independent research projects. These should be compelling projects that are self-started and thought of by you. Projects run by you show your initiative with what you're passionate about. It also provides you the opportunity to show colleges how you have changed your community for the better through your work, and with more knowledge can do even more. Even if the project doesn't go the way you had in mind, the pivot or termination of the project also provides a way to learn and improve in the future, something that is equally appreciated by colleges.


The two hold many differences, but both can be beneficial to your college resume! We hope this helped you in determining your summer plans. Our consultants are always looking to help students get the best possible college acceptances they can. And we have a junior package too! Contact us to get started on building your course list that can help accelerate you into the college of your dreams!

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