When you think about interns, there’s probably a certain stereotype that pops into your mind: A spry college student or recent grad holding the boss’ mocha Frappuccino in one hand and crippling uncertainty about the future in the other. But there’s a different internship applicant who’s almost always left out of the equation—high school students.
The idea of high school interns may seem a little strange, even counterintuitive: Why would anyone want to hire a person who has less experience, education, direction, and years of maturity than usual intern applicants? What would someone who can barely drive add that an older student wouldn’t? To most, the debate over hiring a high schooler as opposed to a college student may seem like a foregone conclusion.
But after having launched a virtual high school internship program within my organization earlier this year, I was instantly floored by how much insight our teenage interns were able to provide—and how much their ideas differed from those of our college staff members. Read on for some of the hidden advantages to having a high school intern.
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