An internship is a short-term job, often unpaid, that gives students and other adults hands-on work experience. Internships are available in a wide variety of fields in government, private business and nonprofit organizations. In general, an internship:
Is an agreement between a student (high school, college, or graduate) or adult and an organization or business.
Allows a student or emerging professional to gain skills and experience in a short-term, real-world work environment.
One way to earn money while learning an important skill is through an apprenticeship program. Typically, an apprenticeship program can take from three to six years of classroom and on-the-job training while working beside an experienced journeyperson. During this time, apprentices are typically paid at 40-50% of a skilled worker’s wage with regular raises. Upon completion of the program, apprentices can earn $35 or more per hour depending upon the particular trade.
Generally, to apply for an apprenticeship, an applicant must:
Be 18 years of age
Have a high school diploma or the equivalent
Possess the aptitude, interest, and physical ability to succeed
Be willing to work in the environment of the craft or trade