1st off, congrats for wanting to take the initiative and further your education.
I was a college recruiter for a multinational company for a few years (mostly targeted Electrical and Computer Engineers) and I have to say every little bit counts. The ability to say on your rÃ©sumÃ© Cert A+, MCSE, etc. for 5+ yrs will look good.
Of course that doesnâ€™t help you now. With your age, it will be difficult to find employment because of child labor laws (varies from state to state).
If you live in Indiana, you can work. However your hours are limited, and the industry you can work in is limited also. http://www.in.gov/labor/childlabor/faq.html
With your age and lack of experience, I think a summer internship would be ideal to get your foot in the door. The lab I manage hires summer interns all the time. Most are without pay. But in exchange for that, you get very good work experience, something you can pad your resume and most employers will provide you with a letter of recommendation. Sometimes this leads to a paid internship the following summer.
Any ideas where to look online? All the sites I've found, search for internships available to college students. (They all ask what college are you going to?)
Often, local universities and community colleges offer internships. You also might want to check with your school counselor for tips on who might be willing hirer someone for an internship.
I'll check into it... I'm homeschooled, so I don't have a school counselor (unless, of course, you count my parents.)
pcrobot, you are going to hear alot of people tell you that you 'cant', 'you will fail', 'it's impossible', etc.
Ignore that bs.