Summer Internship - Bay Area

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EthanS

New Eng

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iOS Developer at Purifi.com
EthanSmore
Aug 15, 2017 13 Comments

My son is in high school and is looking for a job/internship this summer - something he can put on his College resume to display real-world experience and wow the Ivies. He's extremely fluent in Unity/C# (published several games on the iOS App Store), and is just starting to mess around with Machine Learning. Any recommendations on some companies/startups in the Bay Area (Palo Alto area) that would take in an intern, given the skills above? (If needed he could spend all his summer, "24/7" on the internship)

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  • Amazon / Eng RomanTic
    Current Ivy brat here. "He's extremely fluent in Unity/C# (published several games on the iOS App Store), and is just starting to mess around with Machine Learning." And you think he needs more real-world experience? If your son can't get into ivies with that resume *as it is*, a summer internship isn't going to help. That's plenty of real world experience in his chosen field - he needs the extracurriculars, leadership experience, grades, and charisma to round out his application. My advice is to let him enjoy one of his few remaining summers without work. He'll probably have three summers in a row of internships during college - let him enjoy this one. Feel free to PM with questions
    Aug 15, 2017 6
    • Amazon / Eng RomanTic
      I promise I understand - I understand *exactly* what he is attempting to do, I did it. And his counselors (and you, it seems) are optimizing for maximum college admissions likelihood. But here's my case: does going from 99.9% to 99.99% merit a summer spent working a tech internship, as opposed to *anything he wants to do more*? Because there are tradeoffs here that merit consideration. Your kid is probably under 18yo - that's early to spend all your time working. And it sounds like he's already spent a ton of time on professional development. Is getting more when it's not necessary (and I'm certain it's not necessary) worth throwing away one of his last summers off?
      Aug 15, 2017
    • New / Eng
      EthanS

      New Eng

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      iOS Developer at Purifi.com
      EthanSmore
      OP
      He doesn't seem to want to do anything - he would end up messing around all summer with friends - an internship would present him with something to do. If there's an internship that's more "part-time" (as in a couple days a week, a couple hours a day), I'm sure that would minimize the "yucky job work" aspect of it and turn into more of a cool thing to do. My kid says he's willing/even wants to do it- programming and especially programming things like games is his passion -- and even if it's something more unbeknownst to him (e.g. Machine learning), he would learn quite a bit from the experience.
      Aug 15, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng RomanTic
      "he would end up messing around all summer with friends" - sounds good, and healthy, and expected, to me :)
      Aug 15, 2017
    • New / Eng
      EthanS

      New Eng

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      iOS Developer at Purifi.com
      EthanSmore
      OP
      Haha
      Aug 15, 2017
    • VMware / Sales dgPu18
      HS internship seem rare. But just search for internships on LinkedIn.
      Aug 15, 2017
  • Apple 8Iv@
    Step 1. Stop doing the work for him. He should be writing these posts.
    Aug 15, 2017 0
  • VMware CKPF35
    Reach out to Coursera. They might have something for him. If he is willing to work pro bono, that might be best.
    Aug 15, 2017 0
  • VMware CKPF35
    You can reach out to startup recruiters on LinkedIn. They are always looking for interns.
    Aug 15, 2017 0
  • Google MOT
    How about some research work, possibly on ML? Sometimes university faculties will accept promising high schoolers for summer research. Are you based in Bay Area ?
    Aug 15, 2017 1
  • Databricks / Eng
    datadicks

    Databricks Eng

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    You should ask ur friends at different companies if they are willing to hire your kid. i am guessing you live in palo alto so you are rich. Nepotism always works
    Aug 16, 2017 0