Looking for insight into your dream career, hands-on experience in the professional world, or simply a way to boost your resume? Well, look no further than a high school internship. Fiveable has you covered with a non-exhaustive list of companies 🏢 that hire high school students as interns.
How To Use This Article
This list is separated into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Humanities (languages, literature, philosophy, arts, and more ) internships. To make the most of it, we recommend that you analyze 💬 your current skills and needs as a student first, as well as what you want to get out of a high school internship. What can you bring to the table, and how do you see this opportunity fitting into your aspirations? Remember that almost no one starts out with hands-on working experience, so if you’re having doubts, don’t be afraid to apply.
STEM Internships 🌱
Microsoft CS Internship
: Have an interest in working for one of the leading tech companies in the world? This is your chance! To be considered, you should be a resident in the state of Washington, know HTML and Microsoft Office, have 40+ hours per week on your hands, and have a resume and letter of recommendation.
Google CS Internship
: Google is another much-coveted company for prospecting interns. Known for its prestigious name and work benefits, Google is looking for high school seniors going into a four-year undergraduate program that is related to computer science.
KP LAUNCH Summer Program
: Kaiser Permanente is an established name in the world of healthcare, and they’re open to current high schoolers or recent high school graduates for a six-week summer program. To apply, you must live in Northern California and a Kaiser Permanente designated service area.
CIA Intelligence Internship
: Have you ever dreamed about being a spy? The CIA is recruiting high school seniors who are intending on a major in espionage for a 4-5 week summer program.
NASA STEM Internship
: Whether you’re interested in exploring engineering, space, or any other field in STEM, NASA has a program for it. Basic requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0), 16 years of age, and a high school sophomore or above. Graduated students must be enrolled in a four-year institution or university.
Geosciences Bridge Program
: Geosciences explores the boundless fields of natural science on Earth, and this six-week program for high school seniors is a fascinating look into this major. What’s more, perks include lectures by experts, housing and meals, and a monetary stipend.
NSA High School Work Study
: Are you interested in national security and protecting America’s borders? The paid NSA High School Work-Study program will allow high school juniors or seniors who are intending to major in business, engineering, or CS to work in the NSA office. This program is only located in Ft. Meade, MD; Aurora, CO; Augusta, CA; San Antonio, TX; or Oahu, HI.
Humanities Internships 💡
MET Summer Internship
: Museums are one of the most insightful environments to work. For rising juniors and seniors in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut passionate about the arts and humanities, the MET Museum has curated a summer internship conducted by professionals in their respective fields.
Student Historian Internship Program
: Similar to the MET Summer Internship, the New-York Historical Society is hosting a program for young aspiring historians to conduct research and showcase exciting projects. This program can be a potential pathway into a career at museums.
Expanding Horizons Internship
: How would you like to expand your horizons? The Constitutional Rights Foundation gives first-gen students in need of financial support an internship, which will help them choose their career paths, network with professionals, and start the college application process. Included in this program are spring seminars and a paid summer internship at a prestigious law firm, government agency, or non-profit organization.
Bank of America Student Leaders® Program
: If you’re passionate about business and entrepreneurship but not sure where to start, apply to the Bank of America Student Leaders Program. High school juniors and seniors will receive hands-on experience in the inner workings of nonprofits, governments, and businesses and have the opportunity to create positive change in their communities themselves.
Remote Internships in Social Work & NGO Support out of India
: Interested in social impact, women’s rights, or empowerment? These remote internships are designed to support disadvantaged individuals and communities in India through advocacy and other forms of assistance. Interns can expect to create content for social media, assist in marketing, research, and write reports, depending on their desired field.
Washington Performing Arts Internship
: Last but not least, the Washington Performing Arts offers an internship program for aspiring theatrical and drama majors. Students are encouraged to have a background in Microsoft Excel.
How to Get Started 🙌
So you’ve found an internship that you love—go for it! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and apply. Keep in mind that internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the employer or your experience level. You must ask yourself if each opportunity is worth more than just a line on your resume 📑.
No matter what, remember to showcase the skill sets and abilities that you can bring to that company and tailor your application accordingly. Be sure to be specific and enthusiastic in front of your potential future employer. For more tips, check out our other article, “How to get internships in high school.” And don’t forget—rejection is just a part of growth. We wish you luck in jumpstarting your journey in the professional 🧑💼 working world!