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Survey: Students not waiting until college to find an internship

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Before many students have even received their high school diploma, they're thinking about and pursuing internships. (Source: MGN Online/Wikicommons) Before many students have even received their high school diploma, they're thinking about and pursuing internships. (Source: MGN Online/Wikicommons)

(RNN) - Waiting until senior year of college for an internship? Not so much with today's students.

A newly released survey from Internships.com and Millennial Branding shows many students are already thinking about internships before they've even earned their high school diploma.

Some of that is pure ambition, driven by wanting to build experience and get into a good university. And some of it comes from mom and dad.

The survey of more than 4,700 students in both high school and college showed 55 percent said their parents put pressure on them to obtain some kind of professional experience during high school.

High school students report the things they most want out of an internship are new skills (92 percent), work experience (81 percent) and mentorship and networking opportunities (72 percent).

College students want work experience (89 percent), new skills (85 percent) and the all-important job offer (72 percent).

Nearly eight in 10 high schoolers were either extremely interested or very interested in volunteering to gain work experience compared to 63 percent of college students.

It's time that may be well spent in both the short term and long term.

More than 325 employers were also surveyed and 70 percent said high school students who complete an internship are very or completely likely to land a college internship with their company; 45 percent said that high school internships were likely to turn into a full-time job at their company.

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