Additional Opportunities

Do you want to begin learning about the workplace?  Why not try to volunteer, job shadow, participate in internships, or get a job? These links will provide you with helpful information.

Importance of Extracurricular Activities

Job Shadowing


Part-Time and Summer Jobs

Writing a Resume


Volunteer Opportunities - Helping Others Can Help You
You may have heard that volunteering helps you get into college, but keep in mind they're not just looking for a list of organizations and dates. Colleges want to see a complete picture of you, and real examples of your commitment, dedication, and interests.

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Extracurriculars – How to Impress Colleges with You Activities
Extracurriculars are the clubs and summer programs that you participate in during high school. They are the “extra” beyond the school curriculum.

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Making Extracurricular Activities Stand Out in College Applications
At first glance, college applications seem easy enough. You give the basic facts about your background, education, and achievements. However, one section that stumps many students is the section for extracurricular activities.

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Outside Interests
College admissions officers will be looking closely at your extracurricular activities, so choose them wisely. Your participation in community service, clubs, student government, charity organizations, sports and artistic endeavors (such as band and theater) may reveal as much about you — and what you might contribute to a university — as your marks and SAT scores.

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Seeking a Volunteer Position
If you are seeking a volunteer position, you can volunteer at many different locations. Some examples include homeless shelters, food banks, hospitals, senior citizen centers, animal shelters, environmental organizations, or political campaigns.

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Ten Tips for Volunteering Wisely

This link provides you with a list of ways to think about volunteering.

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Questions to Ask When Considering a Volunteer Opportunity
What do you ask when considering a volunteer opportunity?

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Find A Volunteer Opportunity
Use the volunteer search box below to find an opportunity that is right for you.

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: - A Site for Students Seeking Volunteer Opportunities

Explore Idealist Kids & Teens and see what interests you.
--Learn more about the nonprofit organizations working in your community.
--Volunteer: A great way to get involved with the work of a local nonprofit is by volunteering to help with its work.
--Take the Lead: If you see a problem in your community that you want to help solve, you and your friends can start a project to address that problem.

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20 Ways for Teenagers to Help Other People by Volunteering

Have you ever thought about volunteering your time to a local charity or community organization? There are many different reasons for you to start volunteering...

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What is Job Shadowing?

Job shadowing is an academically motivating activity designed to give kids an up-close look at the world of work and to answer the question, "Why do I have to learn this?"

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My Ideal Internship Worksheet
This one page form helps you to begin thinking about why you want an internship.

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Interviewing for Internships
Interviewing for an internship or co-op assignment does not have to be a scary process! Think of it as conversation between you and an internship representative to see if there is a fit between your goals and the internship position. You are interviewing her, just as she is interviewing you.

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Locating and Applying for Internships
Though this site is intended for college students, it provides some helpful information for high school students, too.

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How to Find an Internship - Not Just Any Internship -- One That Fits Your Needs
Internships come in all shapes and sizes. Some are paid and some are unpaid. Some last for a summer while others continue through the school year. Some internships are local, but others offer employment abroad. For example, you could help set up video shoots for a local film company, or you could work on an organic banana farm in Costa Rica!

Many people think internships are for college students, but opportunities for high school students exist as well. A high school internship can open the doors to the working world, showing you what it's like to have a boss, attend meetings, and meet deadlines. Internships also introduce you to experienced people who can help guide you toward a career.

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Co-op/Internship Opportunities for 2006 for High School Students
Listing of internship opportunities.

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Scoring a Good Internship

Working at a summer internship has become the quintessential experience for many college students. It helps them get their feet wet in the real job world, learn interviewing and communication skills, and explore potential career paths. Many employers now look for internship experience on the resumes of students graduating from college, and while not a requirement, this experience can be a tremendous asset and help students stand out from the crowd. As the job market remains tight, it becomes even more essential for college students to find internships during their summer breaks, not the least because sometimes these internships can be later turned into full-time employment.

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Internships For High School Students

While most people still consider internships the domain of go-getting collegians, plenty of high school students regularly land internships as well, making their college applications and future resumes look that much more impressive.

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Internships, Apprenticeships, & Volunteer Opportunities
List of opportunities.

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Getting a Part-Time Job
If you are seeking a paid position, you might look at the traditional types of jobs in fast-food restaurants, retail stores, summer camps or city programs. Don’t be afraid to seek a job with a small business. Look in your local telephone book or contact your local chamber of commerce. You will probably need to develop a resume so the employer can better understand what skills you bring to the table. Go to and you will find an interesting booklet that provides tips on resume writing and interviewing skills. Also, you can also work for yourself. Some examples include babysitting, cleaning, dog walking, running errands, teaching others computer skills, developing Web sites.

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Summer Jobs Find the Perfect Summer Job - How to Get Started
Summer break is a great time for you to pursue interests and gain experience through paid or volunteer jobs, internships, and other activities. And don't forget, college admission officers see meaningful summer activities as a demonstration of commitment and responsibility.

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Are You A Working Teen?
What You Should Know About Safety and Health on the Job

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High School & College Students
It's never too early to line up a SUMMER JOB! Do you have a dream job? Working for your congressperson? Spending the summer at camp (and getting paid for it)? Helping out in the community? Preparing for a job in the corporate world?

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A Guide for Teens:  How to Find a Summer or Part-Time Job

Even if summer vacation is still a few months away for most teens, now is the time to plan and lay a foundation for landing that cool summer job you really want.

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Summer Jobs and Teens

Teens need to present a neat and clean appearance, avoid body jewelry, be enthusiastic and willing to work weekends and once school starts if they want to improve their chances of getting a job. They also need to start their job search early.

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Part-Time Jobs
We have part-time jobs and summer jobs for teen, students and adults. Enter your zip code in the box and you'll be taken to our partner site where you can do a job search and apply online. Your application will be sent to employers within minutes.

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Get Your Resume in Shape for Jobs and Internships
Before you rush out to find that perfect job or internship, you'll need to write your resume. And not just any resume, but the kind that'll separate you from all the people applying to your college of choice or eager to land that dream job.

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High School Students Need a Resume Too
As a high school student, you may think that you don't need a resume until you are about to graduate from college and begin your search for a full-time job. However, high school students need resumes just as much as college students do. From getting into college to obtaining a part-time job, a resume is essential because college recruiters and employers alike want to see a brief summary of your abilities, education, and experiences.


Developing a Resume

What kind of impression do you want to make? Your answer is what you need to communicate when you apply for a job. The first chance you have to do that is usually on paper— your resume.

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The Resume Workbook
A comprehensive guide to help you develop a resume.

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Sample Resumes
This link will provide you with ideas as you develop your resume.

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