For most people, the words “summer job” conjure images of teenagers flipping burgers or lifeguarding for little more than minimum wage. At Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, though, things are a little different: Tucked within the confines of Facebook
or Airbnb, even a high school student can earn thousands of dollars per month as an intern. According to Bloomberg Businessweek
, tech companies in the Valley are pulling in teenagers who’ve demonstrated an aptitude for programming. It highlights the case of 17-year-old Michael Sayman, who earned an internship slot at Facebook after using the social network’s developer tools to build the mobile game 4 Snaps
. Airbnb and other firms have also recruited teenagers, although not all tech giants are jumping on board: Google reportedly won’t consider anyone younger than college students for its programs. While not everyone can score a coveted, $6,000-per-month internship at a Twitter, Facebook or eBay
, there are many easy ways for anyone to brush up on their programming skills, including online courses such as those offered on code.org
. Hackathons are another good way for those learning code to practice their craft in the company of other people
. As many of these interns have demonstrated, building an app is another good way to get noticed by companies; even if the software doesn’t prove a bestseller, it can show to the world that you have the programming chops necessary to contribute to a firm’s broader strategy.