Job Seeker Resources for High School Students

Here are some resources for high school students seeking career related experiences.

Going Pro in Michigan

Learn about the many great opportunities in Michigan that require training, but not a four year degree:

Job Shadowing - Sometimes it can be difficult to get a professional internship as a high school student.  However, try to see if you can instead shadow a professional around for 1-2 days.  This might be easier for a company, and can still provide you with good exposure into the activities that someone in a particular vocation does on a day-to-day basis.

Rec and Ed offers a High School Volunteer Program (HSVP)  for 9th - 12th grade students. The volunteer program gives students a chance to work in our camps.  They offer a wide range of camp selections from Art to STEAM, in over 200 camps, so we can cover all interests and possibilities! Volunteering is a great chance to gain resume experience and be a positive role model for our campers.  

Go to our website:  to read FAQ's and to apply. (Registration is closed for 2018, but check this out in the future, deadline to apply is end of April/early May.)


Michigan Department of Transportation accepts applications in the spring.  (Unfortunately for 2018 the acceptance date has passed, but feel free to plan ahead for next year.) This is a great opportunity for students for summer employment. Students can earn up to $12 per hour and work 40 hours per week.  That means you can earn over $3,500 this summer!

There are two programs available:

  • Youth Development
  • Internship for Seniors only

Summer Job Opportunities with Washtenaw Parks and Recreation:  Is your student looking for a fun job for the summer?  Washtenaw Parks and Recreation is looking for workers. Independence Lake and other county parks are looking for concessions workers, lifeguards, park rangers and day camp counselors. 

Lifeguard Positions:

General Application Info: