The Easiest Internship For High School Student or College Grad To Get

by Arturo F Munoz
(San Francisco Bay Area, California)

internship for high school studentHere is the easiest way for you to find an internship for high school student or college grad. But let me start by telling you the spirit in which I write. You need this attitude to make this work.

When I was finishing my Master's degree at the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California, I had intense pressure on me to find a really good paying internship, because I was NOT just a student. I was the bread winner of my house with several little kids to take care of, and I was in my mid-20s. In other words, I had more than myself to think of.

Nothing motivates you more than dependents to get the best out of you. So my advice here is worth GOLD to those of you who want to hear something that REALLY works. But you've got to have fire in your belly!

First off, it's arguable that I "found" the internship via my school's career center. There was a listing there. That's how I learned of the internship's existence. But what I ended up getting was NOT what had been posted with my career adviser, because when it came down to getting what I got, that listed internship had been canceled.

So what did I get?

Here's the deal.


How To Turn A Local Business Need Into An Internship For High School Student or College Grad

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Looking at the listing, I did what every student would do in trying to launch a career. I called the business and, like any typical inept ignoramus who thinks getting an internship is just like getting a job, I followed the script. I submitted my resume.

I sat and waited for my number to get called. I had 5 interviews spanning 2 weeks: 1 screening me over the phone and 4 in person on-site; 1 with the HR manager, 1 with the VP of Sales, 1 with the VP of Finance and 1 with the President. Everyone up to the President told me

"We'll talk it over and we'll get back to you. We have other candidates that we're considering. But you seem like a fit."

That's enough to encourage anybody, right?

Well, over a week goes by after the last interview and I'm in pain. I need MONEY. I'm so needy that I wouldn't even care to get an internship for high school student even though I'm in college! I got mouths to feed. I thought I was the best candidate. But nobody is calling, right?

So I pick up the phone. I'm going to ask meekly the status of my application. The most brave thing that I got the gumption to do is to put a direct call to the President, since he was the last person who I had interviewed with and he had left (sort of) an open door for me to follow up.

Did I feel brave? Nope. But I felt quite desperate and justified in placing that call. It took me an hour to get the nerve to dial the number.

I finally called. What do I find? I find a busy man, who doesn't want any chit-chat. I must be brief. Before I can say anything, he tells me that his team thought it best to cancel the internship.

My heart drops. I might as well go look for an internship for high school student, because this one for the college kid is gone! Poof! I panic. I meekly ask, "Is this your decision?"

He says, "Yes."

So, I shake my head. That crawling sense of desperation begins to grip me. I have nothing else lined up. Nothing is cooking on the stove. So I say:

"But, umm, Mr. X, I thought you said that you REALLY wanted to have a helper. I mean, you said that this internship was up to you and not the VPs..."

Here's the thing. In my desperation, I didn't check my tone of meekness and, quite accidentally, I emphasized the word you. So that what I actually told the President with my voice inflection was basically this:

"...I mean, Mr. President, YOU said that this decision to hire me was up to YOU and not up to your VPs..."

His reply?

"Are you telling ME, Arturo, that you cannot count on MY word?"

That sudden question coming from left field befuddled me so much that I didn't know what to answer. There was dead air on the phone line as I was grappling with how to reply.

My silence only added to his conviction that I had IN FACT said PRECISELY what he thought I'd said.

Of course, I hadn't questioned his word, since I was so determined to be meek. But, you know what? He didn't know that. He took my tone as sincere and intentional. He was PISSED.

"Arturo," he said, "The decision is MINE. And I said I needed a helper. So if you think you got what it takes to work for me, you report Monday morning, you hear? Tell the front desk to send you up the moment you get here. There's a pile of stuff I need done and I'm giving it to YOU. But I don't need a student. I need a worker. If you're willing to WORK, you tell ME now. If you want an internship, I have NOTHING for you."

I worked there for 10 months and got my first managerial post. This did not turn out to be an internship for high school student or college grad. It turned out to be my entry level job into management. I opened up a market for this guy and made him good money. It was an unforgettable experience. But, listen.

I didn't get this internship by playing it by the rules.

Without realizing it then, but looking back now with years of experience behind me, what got me this internship for high school student or college grad is that I pressed the right buttons (accidentally but no less effectively) in this guy's "wants dashboard". That did it.


How To Press The Right "I Want You" Buttons


Decision-makers have WANTS. You must sell yourself to those wants. This man's chief want, as I came to know only too well later on, was NOT for a helper. It was for respect. When he sensed that I had questioned the basis of his respectability, he tried to put me in my place...by doing what he said he'd do. He said he'd hire me, so he hired me!

That's why I got the job! I met his want for respect by making a demand of it from him.

Yeah, I was qualified. Yeah, I jumped through all the hoops, like everybody else. But, I did the one thing nobody else did. I fulfilled his want for respect. And, you know what? I could have had a chat with this dude over a drink at a coffee shop, a tennis court or a bar, and gotten the same results...just by pressing the same buttons! It didn't really matter whether he had an internship for high school student or college grad to offer.

The formula to getting an internship for high school student or college grad is NOT in the resume or in the interview questions or in the recommendations or in your grades. It's not even in the internship itself being available!

That may sound anathema if you've spent lots of time listening to your career adviser and looking through countless internship job sites for an internship for high school student or college grad that fits your needs. But this is the voice of experience speaking, folks.

The formula to getting an internship is in positioning yourself as the most beneficial alternative to fulfilling a market want expressly revealed to you by the hiring manager.

"There's a pile of stuff I need done, you S.O.B., and I'm giving it to YOU" for not stroking my ego like I need people to do when they work for ME!

Having me stroke his ego was this man's expressly revealed want (And believe me 10 months was more than enough of that for me!)internship for high school student yelling boss

Still, the lesson is clear:

You need to target the wants of your employers no less than you'd do that of your customers, if you were running your own business, which really is what you're doing when you look for a job or an internship.

The business you're running is called {Fill in YOUR name} Inc. It matter not one bit whether you're looking for regular work or an internship for high school student or college grad.

If you don't know how to prepare yourself to market and sell benefits to your prospective employer in accordance to this person's wants, then you're going to get zilch from doing the monkey circuit of applying, interviewing and waiting like a wall flower for someone to take you out on the dance floor.

This site is meant to give you practical ideas on how to avoid that dreadfully ineffective pattern of behavior. Its aim is to help you think differently, that you may get the work that you want once you've graduated from school.

Whether you choose to operate your own microbusiness or perform as an intrapreneurial employee, getting an internship for high school student or college grad can be an excellent step in that direction.

But you must first start thinking like an entrepreneur, because there is no income security from employers. So, learn to take care of yourself early on. Start by learning about the Work Proposal and how it can help you get that internship for high school student or college grad that you want.

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