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  1. Hello, I was wondering what types of internships some of you may be looking into for this coming Summer? Or if your kids have done them before, what was your experience? Was it worth it and would you do it again if the opportunity presented itself? Our son is 16 and has applied to his first internship. We sort of stumbled upon this through a friend. Its through the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) which is sponsored by the Navy. The application process was pretty formal. Apparently its very competitive with many more applicants than there are openings. So while hopeful, we will continue to explore other opportunities until we hear back. Our son interviewed with the researchers today who met with all the applicants (~70) that made the first cut. This will be held at the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) which isn't far from us. They ask that the students live within driving distance of their various facilities. Though it seemed some were applying from outside the area after speaking with some of the parents. We would prefer to find local opportunities since this will be our son's first real job. We've heard that some of the students who don't get a slot find volunteer opportunities to work on research or other projects at the university. If you are considering internships, would you also consider some outside your immediate area? I haven't really discovered any others locally yet. But I still have more research to do.
  2. Hi all, I read a recent article about the growing popularity of 'gap year' internships among high school grads. I was wondering if anyone here has considered this or done something like it with their kids? Here is the article discussing it: http://www.theintell.com/life-style/guides/education/gap-years-gain-popularity-as-students-seek-purpose-passion/article_717c4c6b-d4b7-50e2-92d0-c5baf4eaf423.html Secondly, and also very interesting to me is the idea of internships 'during' high school. I work for a large tech company and have had the opportunity to meet several high school interns that we brought in at different locations here in the states. It seems like a great opportunity to provide these students with a glimpse into STEM careers and opportunities which they are interested in pursuing. Here are several such companies: http://www.hercampus.com/high-school/7-great-companies-high-school-internships
  3. I was talking with someone about summer internships and he made the observation that many of the internships had fall apply dates. So he kept running into great candidates who had missed the application window because they didn't think of summer programs until after Christmas. (One program deadline I saw browsing was in November.) He also made the comment that if you were interested in national security or intelligence, that there were far more agencies with internships than most people thought of (ex. Naval Research Labs doesn't get a lot of time is spy thriller films). A benefit to the internships is that is initiates the process for getting a security clearance. This is a big deal for applying for jobs after graduation, both in government and with contractors who work with the government. Not to imply that everyone needs to get a government job or go into national security, but that was the topic I was discussing with this guy. I'd love to see other folks add internships in other fields. Office of Naval Intelligence Summer Intern Program Defense Intelligence Agency Student Programs NGA Student Opportunities State Department Student Programs
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/opinion/03perlin.html Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges By ROSS PERLIN New York Times April 2, 2011 ON college campuses, the annual race for summer internships, many of them unpaid, is well under way. But instead of steering students toward the best opportunities and encouraging them to value their work, many institutions of higher learning are complicit in helping companies skirt a nebulous area of labor law. Colleges and universities have become cheerleaders and enablers of the unpaid internship boom, failing to inform young people of their rights or protect them from the miserly calculus of employers. In hundreds of interviews with interns over the past three years, I found dejected students resigned to working unpaid for summers, semesters and even entire academic years — and, increasingly, to paying for the privilege. For the students, the problems are less philosophical and legal than practical. In 2007, for instance, Will Batson, a Colgate University student from Augusta, Ga., and a son of two public-interest lawyers, worked as an unpaid, full-time summer intern for WNBC and had to scramble for shelter in New York City. “It definitely hurt my confidence,†Mr. Batson told me. He recalled crashing on more than 20 floors and couches, being constantly short on cash and fearing he would have to quit and go home. His father, he said, felt like a failure for not being able to help him rent an apartment. What makes WNBC — whose parent company, General Electric, is valued at more than $200 billion — think it can get away with this? In Mr. Batson’s case, a letter from Colgate, certifying that he was receiving credit for doing the internship. (Now 24, he gave up on journalism and is at a technology start-up. NBC calls its internship program “an important recruiting tool.â€) <rest of article at link> Needless to say, I would like to have my children get paid when they work, both during and after their college years.
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