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Doing an internship is a great way to spend the summer break before you go off to college. Of course, if you’ve never done one before, the big question for you maybe where to start your search for internship opportunities. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Where to Start Your Internship Search:

Ask your school teachers or advisors if they know of any opportunities that may be a good fit for you.

Ask your parents and your friends’ parents if there are any opportunities available in their work place or if they know anyone in their network who would be willing to take on an intern.

Local libraries, museums, nursing homes and senior centers area always happy to have an extra pair of hands to help them out. It will not hurt to contact them and ask. Most of these may turn out to be unpaid opportunities but they may still be worth it for the many non-monetary benefits.

Get in touch with local non-profit organizations. Many of these organizations regularly take on volunteers and interns to help them achieve their objectives. You may get lucky if they have an opening available.

Scour the local newspapers and the internet for positions that you may qualify for. Local businesses often create internships in their companies in order to open up more opportunities for students from their community.

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