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8 Ways Out-of-Work Teens Can Have Productive Summers

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Internships are usually associated with college students, who do unpaid work to gain critical on-the-job experience. But younger teens can also be interns. Ask your kid to name a few "dream jobs," then have him approach related businesses about helping out for free. "Offering to work for a frame shop, for example, for little or no money for a few weeks can give a kid a chance to learn skills and impress the owner," says Schwartz. "When there's an opening, his chances of getting a call are much better either at that store, or one like it." Another major perk: Your child will now have a reference who can vouch for him to potential employers.