I was addressing a group of students yesterday. I walked into the class and my goal was simple – to get them to spend some time learning programming during the Christmas holidays.
I asked them “How many of you want internship?”
Almost all the hands went up.
I asked “How many of you know how to get an internship?”
I asked “Why do you want internship?”
A few mumbled “to learn”. Surprised that no one said “to earn”
At least they have the right focus. I spent the next 30 or so minutes talking about various opportunities to learn and some time earn. I promised to set up a page with links to some starting points – Resources for Students.
Finally I threw then a challenge:
If before summer, this year, you can learn one programming language and build a small app (webapp, mobile app, game app or any other kind) that is useful, I will find you an internship.
I have no idea, how I was going to do that (finding the internship part) if every member of that class performs. But that will be a good problem to have.