Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

High school internship/jobs in optometry?

PlumeriaPlumeria Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
I'm a high school junior interested in studying optometry in the (quite far) future and I was thinking about getting an internship or a job (paid or unpaid, either works) during the summer. I am 16 years old, 17 in October.

Do optometrists offer this, or do you mainly have to be in college already? And if they would let me, what would I do and how would I go about asking or finding them? I want to see if I would at least like the field before I begin college so I have a focus.

Thanks in advance for any input!
Post edited by Plumeria on

Replies to: High school internship/jobs in optometry?

  • worried_momworried_mom Registered User Posts: 2,205 Senior Member
    I doubt that a high school student could get any kind of meaningful internship -- paid or unpaid -- in this field. Optometry is a medical profession that requires significant training/licensing, even for technicians and assistants. At most, they might let you answer the phone or do general office work -- which is certainly not going to give you any insight into whether or not you would like a career in this field.

    What might be more helpful to you at this point (as well as more likely to arrange) is a shadowing opportunity -- i.e., simply following an optometrist around to see what a typical day might be like. You should start by going to your own eye doctor, telling them of your interest, and asking them if you could just shadow them for a day or two.

    Good luck!
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 Senior Member
    You might call a few local optometrists office to see if you can get front office work. These folks do reception work checking people in, scheduling appointments, calling when glasses or contacts arrive. It's a job that's related to what you're interested in and you will at least see some of the business side.
  • xopattiecakeoxxopattiecakeox Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    I am currently a pre-optometry student at UCLA and I actually work at an optometry office as the optometric assistant. I had no prior training in anything optometry related, no certification or anything. I do a lot of billing and reception like work but by all means is that not good insight to the field. In fact, I think its much better insight to the field than shadowing because you are more exposed to the field and thrusted into the practice.

    Try to get a job as a part time optometric assistant or part time receptionist at your local optometry office. You will be around the environment of optometry a lot and get a feel of the practice. The doctor may even teach you how to pre-test (not hard at all) and is rather fun!

    Shadowing is definitely a great alternative. You just ask your local optometrist to come in for a few hours on any day that works for them to shadow their practice and watch the general office procedures. Shadowing different optometrists is a good idea as well since all optometrists are different - (vision therapy, contact lens specialists, etc.)

    Getting a part time job at a nice optometry office is like shadowing an optometrist except for you get paid. (Even better, right?)
This discussion has been closed.