Gaining work experience
while still in school can help you see how your studies connect
to your future, and can give you valuable skills for college
Department of Labor
website with information on high-growth, high-wage careers.
You can use this information to target your work experience
in businesses and industries you know are in demand.
and Earn: Tips for Teens (DO-IT, University of Washington,
Defines work-based learning, sets out reasons why teens should
participate in work-based learning, lists potential partners
for success (e.g., school, family, community), describes some
work-based learning programs and includes links to additional
(Department of Labor)
Outlines how many hours teens can work, in what jobs they
may work, and how they can help prevent workplace injuries.
Website on the rights and responsibilities of teen workers,
including how teens can detect, prevent and take action against
Your First Job
Article on how teens can make a good impression and increase
their chances of getting a first job.
Online listing of federal government jobs for students across
the U.S. (no registration required). Also features an online
resume builder. Has information on the employment process,
federal hiring, and assessing career interests.
apprenticeship program for high school students interested
in science & technology. The program focuses on
students traditionally under-represented in these fields.
You can apply for this intensive study and work opportunity
via the NASA Sharp website.
Website that matches teens who want to work to job opportunities
nationwide, and provides information on getting and keeping
a good job (requires registration, free).
Online listing of "summer jobs and seasonal staff positions
with camps, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental
organizations and more." Also features articles and advice
on looking for jobs (requires registration, free).
Online listing of seasonal and summer jobs "in some of the
greatest places on Earth" (no registration required).
for Experiential Learning (IEL)
Organization that sponsors internships in Washington, DC for
highly motivated high school students.
The Indianapolis Zoo offers students age 14-18 the opportunity
to work at the zoo and aquarium in environmental education,
butterfly interpretation, guest services and animal care.
Jobs for America's
JAG helps keep young people in school through graduation and
provides work-based learning experiences that will lead to
a rewarding career or enrollment in college.