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4 Reasons a High School Intern Could be a Fit for Your Business

Written by Shawn Turner

When looking to fill internship programs, businesses oftentimes automatically go straight to college students. While these students can certainly prove to be competent internship candidates, these businesses might also want to set their sights a little younger.

JumpStart’s Zerrine Bailey and Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s Craig Dorn—panelists on the “Why Employers Should Consider High School Students for Their Internship Programs” session at the Third Annual Cleveland Internship Summit Feb. 27—took time recently to highlight some of the reasons high school students can be just as good of a fit for internship programs as college students are.

Listed below are just four of the reasons why your business should not be so quick to dismiss potential high school internship applicants.

1. They are tech savvy. These young people have proven to be very tech savvy, especially as it relates to activities such as social media. Having a high school student assist with a social media marketing campaign can prove to be a great value add for businesses.

2. They are trainable. High school-age students in particular have shown themselves to be moldable and open to constructive criticism. This kind of feedback can help guide their future career choices. And speaking of future career choices …

3. They are eager to learn. Many times, high school students have not yet settled on a potential career path and because of this, are open to learning as much as they can about many different aspects of the business. A college student on the other hand who takes an accounting internship, likely knows that accounting is what their post-internship profession will be and thus will be more focused on learning about that particular subject.

4. They bring diversity. Young students bring a fresh perspective to the office. And has been noted before, such workplace diversity holds a lot of positives for businesses.

Register today for the Third Annual Cleveland Internship Summit, taking place on Feb. 27, to learn more about internship program best practices.

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