Searching online for internships for high school students is a good way to start. At the Indeed.com site, you can search for “internship” plus any field that interests you and narrow the search to the location where you want to work. Monster.com allows the same search parameters. Or, you can use a general search engine to search with the name of an organization you are interested in plus “internships.” (See below for several resources with internship listings.)
If you’re having trouble finding an internship that fits you, you might have to get creative. Think about what kind of job you want, and then start looking around your community for people and places that offer that kind of work.
Make a list of your interests, talents, and passions, including interests outside of your homeschool studies, like video games, street art, or building robots. “Play to your strengths,” Pierre Huguet, CEO and co-founder of H&C Education, a college admissions consultancy, told U.S. News & World Report. “Which academic subjects and extracurricular activities come naturally to you? What qualities or abilities do your classmates, coaches, teachers, mentors, friends, and family value most in you?
“Your internship should be an opportunity to explore things you are truly passionate about and can’t learn in school. With a little creativity, you can always find a way to pursue impressive projects at the intersection of your talents and passions,” Huguet said.
Reach out to your parents and extended family, friends of your parents, parents of your friends, teachers, and coaches. Take advantage of social media. Ask whether anyone knows where to find high school student internships. Keep an eye out for job opportunities posted on community bulletin boards at coffee shops, libraries, bookstores, grocery stores, faith-based organizations, etc.
You can also contact local businesses directly to inquire about internship opportunities. Ask to speak to the owner or manager and tell them what you are looking for.
But before you start asking people to employ you or refer you for a job, you need to be ready to explain what you offer.