Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Why Wait Until College When You Can Intern For Facebook Now?

Bloomberg reports that Facebook, and other tech companies, are recruiting teens from high school

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: July 9th, 2014 in Business » World

Technology, which strives to better the world around us, has always been a tool for the young. While programs may be aimed at helping those later in life to better function, or to make arduous tasks easier and more manageable, those who design and grasp these new advancements tend to be younger generations. From schools integrating SMART Boards into their classrooms, to toddlers playing with iPads to better learn, it seems that those operating technology are getting younger.

But how young is too young?

With startups and internet moguls all trying to get the tech edge on their competitors, it’s key to acquire the best and brightest minds before someone else can sweep them up. Usually, this would involve scouting college portfolios in order to land your company an intern who, one day, hopes to work on staff. Yet recently, in a report by Bloomberg, companies such as Facebook and LinkedIn are recruiting as early as high school.

While this may sound like child labor, and it definitely is reminiscent of a time when this took place, these incredibly young interns are also incredibly well paid. Making more that some adults make in a year working part-time, these summer internships can, according to Engadget, pay anywhere from $5,000 to just under $10,000 a month.

Companies are also trying to entice young job hunters by raising entry level salaries and include better perks for new staffers, all in hopes that the next big thing will pick their company over a competitor’s.

Although these perks may sound like a great idea for college and post-college applicants, perhaps we need to ask ourselves how productive it is to be giving teenagers $7,000 monthly salaries, when they’re not even responsible enough to drink. While the benefits of interning at such a young age can be astronomical, even giving them the edge later in life when trying to find full-time employment (imagine how good you’d look saying you worked for Facebook before you were even 18), the drawbacks for some may be more severe. Being so young, with so much responsibility and more money than any 15 year old knows what to do with, these larger tech companies may be setting some of the younger generations back. As Engadget explains, young celebrity successes (like Justin Bieber) don’t equal successful adults.

While only time will tell whether these high school internship programs will make or break students, it should be noted that companies don’t necessarily need them to succeed. Some incredibly successful internet moguls, namely Google, won’t even accept interns unless they’re at least college freshmen and even then they prefer you already have your degree before applying to them.

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