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It can be difficult to get the real world experience so often required by prospective employers. Internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, and volunteering can provide those opportunities to "try out" a potential career and to gain useful, marketable experience in a particular field.
New Mexico Workforce Solutions has an excellent website for students seeking opportunities and employers seeking interns and apprentices. In addition to postings of resumés and position postings, they have tips on applying, resumé and cover letter writing, and reasons to become or to hire an intern or apprentice.
Air Force Research Labs
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.
Los Alamos National Labs
The Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) high school internship program provides qualified northern New Mexico high school seniors the opportunity to develop skills and gain work experience, while receiving exposure to a variety of career fields.
Explora’s Youth Intern Program involves high school students in a three-year internship during which they experience an engaging approach to learning and become educators in their community. Appliation deadlines early in each year.
UNM School of Engineering
High school students considering pursuing STEM (science, technology, math or engineering) majors in college have a unique opportunity for hands-on research under the guidance of undergraduates, graduate students and/or faculty. UNM Engineering coordinates research experiences for high school students as part of the School's participation in National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers (ERCs), which bring academia and industry together to conduct research and educate students. Further information.
If you’re a current student or recent graduate, you may be eligible for federal internships and job opportunities through the Pathways and other student programs.