How to Find Summer Internships and Volunteer Programs

How to Find Summer Internships and Volunteer Programs

In today’s competitive college admissions landscape, simply having good grades and test scores is not enough. Colleges are looking for well-rounded applicants who have demonstrated initiative, leadership, and a commitment to their interests outside the classroom. This is where summer internships and volunteer opportunities come into play, offering a distinctive edge to your child’s college application.

The Importance of Early Preparation

Did you know that the process for some highly sought-after summer programs starts almost a year in advance? With the increasing demand for these opportunities, early preparation is key. A survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling showed that colleges rank “demonstrated interest” and “extracurricular activities” as significantly important in admissions decisions, just behind grades and test scores.

Action Steps:
  1. Start Early: Begin the search at least six months in advance. Mark deadlines on a calendar to avoid last-minute rushes.
  2. Set Goals: With your child, identify specific goals for the summer experience, whether it’s exploring a potential career path, developing certain skills, or giving back to the community.

Finding the Right Internship

Finding an internship that aligns with your child’s interests not only enhances their college application but also provides invaluable insight into potential career paths. Research indicates that students who participate in internships in high school have a clearer vision of their career goals and are more likely to find employment upon graduation.

Many private schools have established networks and partnerships with local businesses and organizations. The mentors at LogoLife’s AcceptedX program can also meet with your child 1:1 to help them find the right program, providing tailored internship suggestions and potentially facilitate introductions.

Action Steps:
  1. School’s Career Center: Schedule a meeting with the school’s career counselor to explore available resources and contacts.
  2. Online Research:
    • Create profiles on, LinkedIn, and Indeed.
    • Use filters to search for internships suitable for high school students in your child’s areas of interest.
  3. Networking:
    • Encourage your child to talk to teachers, family friends, or professionals in their field of interest for leads.
    • Attend local career fairs or professional meetups related to their interests.

Discovering Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering can profoundly impact your child’s personal and academic development. Studies show that students who engage in community service display higher levels of responsibility, a better understanding of their community, and an increased sense of belonging. These are traits that college admissions officers value highly, as they indicate a student’s potential to contribute positively to their campus community.

Action Steps:
  1. Community Boards: Check community centers, libraries, and local nonprofit organizations for volunteer postings.
  2. Use Online Platforms: Visit VolunteerMatch, Idealist, or the local chapter websites of organizations like the Red Cross to find opportunities.
  3. Direct Outreach:
    • Have your child list local organizations they’re passionate about and visit their websites or call them to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
    • Encourage them to be specific about how they can contribute and what they hope to learn.

Making the Experience Count

The benefits of internships and volunteer work extend beyond college admissions. The skills learned, relationships built, and experiences gained can shape your child’s future in unimaginable ways. According to the Journal of College Admission, students who engage in these activities report higher satisfaction with their college experience and are more successful in their careers.

Action Steps:
  1. Documentation:
    • Encourage your child to keep a detailed journal or blog about their daily activities, challenges, and what they’re learning.
    • Take photos or videos when appropriate to visually document their experiences.
  2. Seek Mentorship:
    • Identify a mentor within the internship or volunteer program who can provide guidance.
    • Set up regular check-ins to discuss progress and receive feedback.
  3. Reflection and Application:
    • After the program, sit down with your child to reflect on the experience. What did they learn? How has it affected their future plans?
    • Assist them in articulating these experiences in college application essays or interviews, highlighting specific skills learned and personal growth.


In preparing your child for the future, summer internships and volunteer opportunities are invaluable. They offer a platform for personal growth, skill development, and a deeper understanding of the world. By following these detailed action steps and recognizing the immense benefits these experiences bring, you can significantly enhance your child’s college application and set them on the path to success.

Remember, the effort you and your child put into securing these opportunities can have a lasting impact on their educational journey and beyond. Encourage them to embrace these experiences with enthusiasm and an open mind. And don’t forget, sharing this journey with other parents can not only provide support but also inspire a community of proactive, forward-thinking families ready to help their children shine.

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