By Alex Braun
If you’re filling out an Internships.com profile as a high schooler, congratulations! You’re proving you’re serious about finding the right career and getting lots of solid work experience before you graduate college. And while we can consider you an early bird, you’re certainly not alone.
There are, however, a couple things you’ll have to do differently from a college student when building your profile.
The Education field has tripped up a few younger users, mostly because it requires you to identify at least one school, one major and one degree you’re pursuing. The school list only includes colleges, so unless you’ve been accepted to one of the universities on the list, you should check the box that says “My School Is Not Listed.”
Entering a major on your Internships.com profile is very important, because it’s one of the top factors that determine how high your name appears when employers search for an internship candidate. If you haven’t declared a major yet, just pick a field you might like to major in. It might seem to contradict what you’ve always been told about lying on your resume, but when the only entry on your education history is a high school, the employer isn’t likely to think you’re trying to pull a fast one.
If you haven’t declared a major yet, just pick a field you might like to major in.
Similarly, you’ll need to guess what kind of degree you’ll be pursuing if you attend college. This isn’t all that critical, so if you’re unsure, choose “BA” — a basic four-year bachelor’s degree.
The last difference between your resume and a college student’s resume is in the Experience category. As a high schooler, you might not have much job experience that’s relevant to the internship you’re pursuing. For that reason, it’s OK to go light here and spend more space on activities in the Additional Info section.
Some younger students have told us that our resume structure has made them wonder if Internships.com is only for college-age students and above. That’s definitely not the case, even if college students make up the majority of our users. We’ve taken those comments into consideration, and we’ll probably be making some tweaks to our resume builder this summer.
If you want to learn where to start searching for internships as a high school student, check out this post from Eye of the Intern.