Summer program vs internship???

<p>which would be more beneficial to getting accepted</p>

<p>a summer program at school of choice or an internship</p>

<p>will the summer program mean less if its at a different school than the one youre applying too?</p>

<p>-_-</p>

<p>Um... how about you participate in programs and do internships based on what interests you most, not on how great it'll look on college resumes. Honestly, it's not for us to say, it's completely your decision.</p>

<p>That being said, if you have no passion for either they look exactly the same.</p>

<p>And then, to add the response you were expecting:</p>

<p>Colleges only want to see that you did something constructive with your summer instead of sitting on your butt and watching cartoons and eating guacamole all day and all night. So summer programs and interships "look" exactly the same, and would be equally "beneficial to getting accepted" (where?).</p>

<p>yay for flames</p>

<p>=/</p>

<p>well i think i want to major in engineering.</p>

<p>i was considering an engineering internship this summer or going to a summer program at either columbia or cornell... i havent looked into summer programs for either of the schools if they are offered but im sure it would be a great experience...i would like to go to undergrad school at one of those colleges(cornell/columbia) and it would make sense to me if they favored applicants who went to their summer program.</p>

<p>and contrary to your assumption.. i have equal passion for both of those two options.. not an absence of.</p>

<p>Well, it's probably in your best interest to find out whether any of those things are available to you before setting your heart on one. It's a bit difficult to have so much passion for programs that, in your words, may not even exist. I think looking at what they are willing to offer you and the course work of various summer programs will help you make your decision, more so than the name of the school that hosts it. And, like I said, it's a decision that none of us on HERE can necessarily help you with.</p>

<p>i came from a generic point of view in my original post for a reason. i do not have my heart set on summer programs from either of those schools. i may not even want to go to either of those schools when it comes time to apply. consider them EXAMPLES. where i am interested in applying to is irrelevant to the question i posted.</p>

<p>though im sure a summer program from any such highly respected school would be an excellent experience and offer a lot of options for personal growth - which is why i "have so much passion" for such a program</p>

<p>my question was however, would a school favor an applicant who attended one of their summer programs over one with an internship. im sure someone HERE must have some insight on this.</p>

<p>IMHO the best thing for you to do would be the summer internship in engineering. Many people enter careers with little real knowledge of what the day-to-day life is like, even if their parents or family friends are in the field. A summer spent working in engineering would let you really find out if this is the right career for you, and colleges know that someone with real experience in their intended field is more motivated to stick it out thru the difficult times to get to their goal.</p>

<p>I had a tough choice to make last summer between a FANTASTIC job and a program at my ED school. I decided on the program, because I knew I would most regret not doing it, that it would challenge me the most, and that it would be most unlike anything I had done before..</p>

<p>personally, internship > summer program.
why? you actually pay for the program and the benefits are dubious, and at best, outdone by some good career experience at a solid firm. </p>

<p>make sure you're not working the copy room or making coffee for the board, though.</p>

<p>I can't imagine a serious internship would be offered to a high school student...you'd likely be an office gofer and file clerk.....at least that is what would happen it you worked at my company. I'd suggest an academic program over the summer at a recognized college, which will expose you to courses not available in high school. IMO, that will carry weight when you apply to schools, and will show that you have a passion to learn.</p>