My DD is a sophomore, and has 3 options for how she will spend her summer: Her first option is to work, her second is to do a 6 week unpaid internship thru an education cooperative, and the third is to attend a 3 week creative writing program (Stanford EPGY). These all have valuable components, as well as their downsides. At some point, in the midst of all this, she will need to take driver's ed.
The work option will give her some good experience and also help her earn a little money, but the kind of jobs available to kids her age certainly won't help her sort out what she might want to do for a career. (This will also