College Admissions: 8 Summer Programs with a Career Focus
Monday, January 17, 2011
Career testing for teens
Career testing has been around for decades. However, many adult-oriented tests ask a lot of questions based on real world experience that teens just don’t have. This career test from the University of Missouri which asks age appropriate questions for teens. Students can then click through to Department of Labor outlooks for different professions and read about the majors and degrees that are recommended for each. Based on their interests and corresponding majors, students can then identify target colleges.
Summer programs with career focus
Summer programs are also a great way for students to learn about different careers. Many state and private universities have pre-college summer programs which allow kids to try different courses or work with professionals from different fields. Dartmouth has a wonderful program which exposes students to a variety of health professions inside the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. Johns Hopkins allows students to explore different engineering disciplines in a hands-on environment. Georgetown introduces students to business in today’s global economy. And Marist College offers a wide variety of summer career programs, including fashion design, law enforcement and movie production. These programs have a fee, but there are scholarships, and the cost is minimal compared to four years in college without a direction. MIT also offers highly selective programs in science and Princeton in journalism - and they are FREE if you make the cut.
Internships and research projects
Internships and research projects are another terrific way for teens to explore different career fields. You can set up your own customized experience to shadow a local veterinarian or architect, or you can opt for a more formal program on a college campus. BU has a science and engineering research program. Stony Brook University offers summer research opportunities in math, science and engineering. And many departments in the federal government also provide summer internships for high school and college students at locations around the country. From EPA to NIH, there are hundreds of opportunities to explore careers and build your resume.
Many internships and courses have deadlines coming up, so don’t delay. Make your summer count!
Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC, a private college admissions counseling company based in Providence, Rhode Island. www.collegeadvisorsonline.com
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