The Money JAR has spoken with experts on how to get a summer job, but we are also sharing the perspective of two high school students who worked at summer internships and gained industry experience. Internships offer work experience for a limited period of time to students and graduates who would like to gain relevant skills in a particular field. They are a great resource if you want to explore a particular company, industry or career!
Mindy spoke to twin sisters with wide-ranging interests about their internship experiences during the summer of 2020. Lily and Phoebe Garrett discuss the processes they went through when applying for an internship (both a formal process and an informal query), what a typical day looked like in sports engineering for Nike and product testing for a tech start-up, and what lessons both of these young women learned at their internships that they will carry on into their future careers.
Lily Garrett is a senior at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and will attend Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, studying biochemistry. She is passionate about medicine and scientific research. She completed multiple scientific research-based internships at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and was a summer intern for the Nike Inc. Mechanical & Material Footwear Engineering Lab during the summer after her junior year.
Phoebe Garrett is a senior at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and will attend Webb Institute in Long Island, New York, studying naval architecture and marine engineering. She has a passion for engineering and robotics. Phoebe worked to design a summer internship for herself with a start-up engineering company called Senaptec, Inc. during the summer after her junior year.