How Empowerly's High School Internship Program Helped Me

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/16/20 11:00 AM / by Julia de Raadt

As a junior, Ashika was keen to get marketing experience in a real business environment, but like most high school students, securing one wasn't easy. Through Empowerly, she was able to intern with Spero Ventures where she managed the social media platforms, regularly posting and sending marketing emails for the company over a summer. 


Most high schoolers like Ashika hit a wall when looking for internships.  A search on Chegg brings up internships that are mostly targeted at college students. Not only that, but opportunities are even more scarce during the pandemic. According to Glassdoor,  over 1 in 2 U.S. internship openings have been closed since the coronavirus crisis began in March this year. How can high school students compete with a college student who has more experience and specialized knowledge? It's asking the impossible of a company to take a chance and hire a high school student, right?


Wrong! While they are difficult to land on your own, they can be secured with the help of Empowerly.

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High School Entrepreneur Programs to Actually Help Teens Launch Startups

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/25/20 11:35 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We get a lot of our students approach us for advice on how to establish a startup. Empowerly's own startup success story with its humble beginnings in a college dorm room can provide inspiration and many seek our expertise to see their own ideas launched into the market or community.

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A Guide to Cold Emailing for Research Internships

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/20 10:21 AM / by Dennis Bua

Want to work with a professor or get your hands-on experience in a research lab? We have just the ticket.

Let's start with introductions: I am an Empowerly counselor who earned my Ph.D. from Stanford University in Cellular & Molecular Biology. In the past, I’ve mentored students working on their research projects for Science competitions and have served on the admissions committee of Stanford's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.
 Hence, I wanted to share a post from the perspective of the person who would be reading your email!


Read on for a step-by-step guide to success.

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How To Include A Portfolio In Your College Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/24/20 9:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Remember "Show and Tell" days in elementary school? It's not just a fun learning activity (or tip for writing) anymore!

Today, it's a growing trend amongst college applicants to not only include the standard admission information in college applications (like short essays, academic profile, extracurricular activities), but also to include a digital portfolio of document, videos, photos in their application.

Unsure of how to approach this? Let's talk about it!

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Interview with a Princeton Alum and Science Fair Champ

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/24/20 2:43 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Ever wondered how top STEM students get their start?  Curious what sets them apart from the rest of the pack?

Empowerly sat down with Changxiao, our  CTO (Chief Technical Officer), to learn more about what extracurriculars in science helped him gain acceptance to Princeton. We asked all the questions you might want to know. Read our interview to understand his perspective on admissions and high school extracurricular activities!

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Guides: How I Got Into Stanford

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/12/20 2:56 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Martha Collins, a Stanford alum, shares her Stanford admissions story. She discusses her tips for best approaching the application process and what she feels made her application stand out.

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Online, Digital, or Virtual: Being Well-Rounded Still Helps Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/9/20 9:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

The competition for college admission has never been tougher than it is now. The National Center for Education Statistics recently estimated that approximately 20.2 million students were enrolled in college. Today, as school administrations are only beginning to announce their plans for the fall semester, those in-demand spots are suddenly uncertain.

What we do know is that college admissions’ personnel accepted these lucky students after careful consideration. The college or university board of admissions, with a weighting system unique to each school, determines the criteria for acceptance. Some criteria that are evident across the board at different colleges and universities are: good grades, well-written college essays, glowing recommendation letters, and of course, community and school extracurricular activity involvement.

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How to DIY Your Extracurriculars—and Get Results

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/23/20 8:30 AM / by Jennifer Liepin

At Empowerly, it has been heartbreaking to see our students' summer plans quashed, as many internships, externships, and programs alike were either canceled or attenuated. What might have been a full-blown summer internship with Cisco was now reduced to a couple of weeks of virtual programming. Summer research at Northwestern postponed. What is a student to do with their newfound time and a great deal of continued social distancing ahead? Well...

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Learn How to Change the World This Summer!

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/17/20 3:05 PM / by Neha Krishnakumar

Did the COVID-19 epidemic cancel your plans for the summer? Are you left bored at home, with nothing to do? Do you have a great idea for a business, but are unsure of where to start? Or do your college apps just need a boost? 

If any of these questions apply, the National Youth Entrepreneurial Summit sounds like the perfect opportunity for you!

  • In light of current events, including the murder of George Floyd and the protests for Floyd and many others, we would like to express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. As an organization, we are in support of the movement towards equality—and in order to do our part to make change, we have several updates as follows. 
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Summer Activities for Humanities Students that are Social-Distancing Approved

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/11/20 8:45 AM / by Jennifer Liepin

Summer is here, and with it brings a wealth of opportunity to learn, try new things, and explore your interests in greater depth. It can feel a bit overwhelming at first, trying to decide how to spend one’s time over the summer; and without direction, one can easily find themselves developing a less than savory Animal Crossing or Fortnite addiction. We at Empowerly, as graduates of some of the top universities across the nation, have been there, done that—and we are here to give you some inside knowledge as to how you can make your summer meaningful and fun. 

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Pre-Med Opportunities You Can Do This Summer—and Stay Safe

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/20/20 3:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

As students plan their summer (or rejig their plans) to accommodate for the likelihood that social isolation will continue, students interested in the medical field are probably feeling particularly stuck. The two typical extracurricular activities a premed student will do are off-limits: volunteering at the local hospital is a no-go; and research programs at colleges cancelled.

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Internships vs. Externships

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/15/20 7:07 PM / by Julia de Raadt

With the current state of things, finding summer activities are hard. Luckily, a lot of internships and externships have switched over to being remote, allowing students to continue to explore possible career paths without putting themselves at risk of exposure. But what are externships and what makes them different from internships?

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Online Learning to Maximize Your Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/6/20 10:43 AM / by Julia de Raadt

It's a strange time - places of public gathering have emptied as people bunker down at home. There is a constant stream of advice on the social networks on how to stay busy at home that pops up on our screen between the updates of new coronavirus cases and the latest memes circulating. 

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Important: Digital Toolkit Update!

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/1/20 6:48 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

As they say, time is money; don't waste either of yours. Want better results for all your hard work? Track your progress.

Record your academic performance and standardized test scores in your Academic Profile section of the Digital Toolkit. By doing so, Empowerly's counselors, editors, and expert researchers can give you more customized feedback and recommendations!


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Preparing for an AI-Powered Future

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/4/20 5:00 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Why is an AI education important?

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