Apple programs for a 15 year old?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 0309385, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. 0309385 Suspended


    Apr 4, 2009
    Hi, so i tried for this summer for a Internship for Apple but apparently it's only for college grads :(. So i looked into Apple camp in the summer but of course it's only for 8-12 year olds! So i need some help with this...I am very advanced with iDevices and want to do something this summer to be part of Apple in a way!

    Thanks guys.


    P.S My school ends may 28th i turn 16 may 20th and get my license may 25th.
  2. jsol92 macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    Well, I don't think this is the proper forum for this but I'll try my best to answer :p

    First off - kudos to you for getting your license so close to your 16th b-day. I was super lazy and got mine nearly 8 months late when I was your age. :(

    Anyways, the only beneficial program I know of is the college internships they offer. Start building up a resume by taking technology specific courses at your school and join clubs to show how interested you are in things like that.
    I really don't think they offer much at all to anyone other than interns.
  3. iMacThere4Iam macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2009
    It's great that you're so focused on a career at your age.

    Here's a link to a site for The Learning Portal, which can give you some ideas on classes you might be interested in:

    jsol92 is right about building up a resume over the next few years. Prospective employers are always impressed when an applicant for an internship or for a job can show how serious they are about wanting to have a career in their industry. Good luck.
  4. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    Where do you currently see yourself going with Apple? Do you just like to use their products? Would you like to design their products? Hardware? Software?

    Or you really just simply want to "be a part", doing anything at all as long as it's connected to an Apple device?
  5. 0309385 thread starter Suspended


    Apr 4, 2009
    Thanks for all the answers!

    I wrote up my Resume today for a Genius bar Intern.

    I want to start there and then work my way up to either an iPhone or Mac software engineer.

    Should i submit the Genius bar resume for this summer?


  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
  7. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    While I hear that some people do transition from retail -> corporate, you can also try to go straight into corporate software engineering right out of college. I'm sure genius bar experience will only help you out there.

    If you are still feeling that your heart is with Apple as you are applying for schools, try to attend one that they actively recruit from. Even if you don't end up working for Apple, chances are that you'll have a degree from a great University.

    Many people will argue that it doesn't matter where you go to school (or really even what you major in), but I don't think that's the case if you're trying to be an engineer for Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Working at the Genius Bar isn't exactly a great way to transition into being a software engineer.
  9. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I don't know...any experience where one can learn more about the systems (by using and helping people troubleshoot) is a good thing. True, he would not be diving into code necessarily, but for a 15yo...assuming he could get a job at the Apple Store...I think that would be great.

    That being said, I think the OP will be surprised to see himself 6 years from now.

    Sure, you may be working as a software engineer for Apple, but it's more likely that IF you are a software engineer you'll end up working for another company OR not even be a software engineer, but something completely different.

    Seek out any and all opportunities you can which will help you pursue your perceived goals. But be aware that other interests will arise and try not to avoid those.

    My life at 15: I wanted to be a biochemist. By senior year of high school, it was meteorology and by the end of college, I was wishing that I had gone into theater. Ended up happy with my meteorology degree, but there were certainly many other options that I could (and perhaps should) have investigated.

    Good luck and enjoy whatever opportunities arise. :D
  10. 0309385 thread starter Suspended


    Apr 4, 2009
  11. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    I wasn't aware that they offered internships. It would probably be a wise idea to garner the entire "experience" rather than focusing on the Genius Bar, as the people working for Apple (in general) are hired to do so because of their compliance and attitude, more so than technical knowledge. Most of the geniuses entered the program with limited knowledge, and had to be sent to Apple's two-week program to be taught the necessary skills. Most wouldn't know the first thing about software development.

    Take what you will, but as a fellow teenager, I wouldn't want to subject myself voluntarily to closed minded opinion under the pretense of a cool internship.
  12. Link2999 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    Calling your local Apple Store will answer your questions. I'm almost sure that you need to be 18 to work at the Apple Store and I didn't know that they accepted internships. My advice is to first learn some C+ and C++ and start developing some third party apps for the Mac (again, you need to be 18 to become an authorized developer). Oh and I'm not sure about the driving laws from where you are but in order to get a license here, it usually takes more than 5 days. First you need to get a permit (1 Day), then you have to go out and get at least 40 hours of practice (x Days), then you need to take a walk-in written test (1 Day), then you need to call and make an appointment (at least a week in advance) for the driving portion of the test and take another written test that day.
  13. 0309385 thread starter Suspended


    Apr 4, 2009
    C++? Should i learn objective C yet?
  14. jsol92 macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    Like all other companies, you can't submit a resume for a job that doesn't officially exist.
    And as others have said, you must be 18 in order to work in an Apple store.

    I say you just wait it out until you're 18. Again, build up a resume. You can't just make one over night - you need to join clubs and other extracurriculars that you can boast about.

    If you're really interested in being employed by Apple as a Software Engineer then I suggest you go to college and major in Computer Science. While in college, apply for internships for companies like Google and Apple. You can do those while you're in school to get experience (which is most likely needed as a prerequisite before you become a Software Engineer) and even make an extra buck or two towards tuition.
  15. 007bond macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    I'm fifteen as well(although I still don't have a permit) but Im sure that there aren't courses specifically for us, but there is another option. Talk to your counselor about summer internship program with local companies. Yes, they may not be using macs but like said before, it will build your resume and give you invaluabe experience.
  16. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    C+? Isn't that a fruit drink?

    Learn the basic C syntax. Then learn the object-oriented extensions added by Objective C.
  17. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    This. They make the CS program at our school extremely cutthroat so that those who pass the gatekeeper courses are able to code "for real" right out the gate. They have no problem getting internships at locals such as google and amazon.

    OP: Advice? Study so you can get into the best school possible, then once you get there study harder so you can get into the best program available. You can also start now by learning C as mentioned above and start coding your own Apps.

    Teachers/counselors love that sort of thing.
  18. InfoSecmgr Guest


    Dec 31, 2009
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    At what point did you decide research is for n00bs?

    The "genius" bar is a joke, friend. I'm convinced that 10 minutes spent on the Apple web page qualifies you to be an "uber" genius.


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