Story by Mollie Binderman and Audrey Zeff
Now more than ever students need to be prepared for life after school. Internships can introduce you to new careers and make you more prepared for a job of your own.
That’s why it was so impactful hearing Lauren Berger discuss how to find internships and jobs as part of this year’s JumpSpark Strong Women Fellowship. The Fellowship is geared toward teens, many of whom are beginning or have begun the process of college applications, or even making the decision to head straight into the career field. Getting advice on internships and careers from Berger was extremely impactful, because we as young adults are starting to face the time for decision-making for our future.
JumpSpark’s Strong Women Fellowship is an educational and empowering program where Jewish teen girls talk about issues facing the world and learn to be leaders. We hear from inspiring people all the time. Last month, we got to hear from Berger, who has two websites, one targeted at adults to help them find jobs, and one focused on college and high school students like us. Her website, Internqueen helps us take the next steps in our career by finding internships according to our passions.
According to Internqueen, Berger’s advice has reached the ears of 6 million people and helped shape their careers. She has also written books and been featured on many notable media outlets like Business Insider, Forbes, Teen Vogue, The Today Show, and more. Lauren’s YouTube channel also has more than 2 million views.
Berger talked about a wide variety of career advice, including how useful it is for high schoolers to get internships. Internships allow job-like experiences and are great on college resumes, which is especially helpful as you’re thinking about college. During the meeting she discussed her own story with us and shared her mistakes and achievements. We all learned a lot about the dos and don’ts when applying and completing internships.
Here are a few of our key take-aways and lessons we learned.
“I learned that it is okay to relax and take a break once in a while.” – Emma
“The value of LinkedIn!” – Rebecca
“To keep up with connections because they may be helpful later!” – Katie
“Reach out to professional contacts at least 3 times a year!” – Audrey
“You should always stay in contact with people.” – Ella
“To always follow up with a thank you email and/or note.” – Mollie
“I really liked learning about how I can effectively prepare for the future!” – Eva
“Always stay in contact with people.” – Rachel
“It’s okay to fail.” – Ariel
Hearing from a speaker like Lauren is so impactful on teens like us as we are growing older and trying to figure out questions like what career we will want to have in 10 years.
Mollie Binderman, 16, is a sophomore at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs, who enjoys hanging out with friends and cooking. Audrey Zeff, 15, is a sophomore at Grady High School who loves playing volleyball and hanging out with friends. They are both participants in the Strong Women Fellowship.
This article was originally published on VOX ATL. Read it here.