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30 Exciting Summer Jobs for College Students & Grad Students

30 Exciting Summer Jobs for College Students & Grad Students

These internships prove you can have the summer of a lifetime and gain invaluable work experience, too!

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 06, 2014

Why settle for a dull desk job this summer when exciting internship opportunities could be yours for the taking?

Even if your career path is slightly ordinary, there are extraordinary companies that need ordinary jobs fulfilled, transforming the daily description from generic to glamorous.

From politics to polar bears, these internships prove you can have the summer of a lifetime and gain invaluable work experience, too. No matter what your field of study or age, for that matter, there’s an exciting internship opportunity waiting for you!

Don’t settle for dull – gain the professional experience you need and have a blast while doing it.

Check out 30 of the most interesting internship opportunities available to college and graduate students:

1. Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowship

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in teaching elementary aged children.

You must have a strong background in zoology, ecology, biology, or education.

Experience in teaching is desired, and an interest in wildlife conversation and the ability to relate to children are essential.

Learn more information about the Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellowship.

2. Art Returns Internship – Marvel Entertainment

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Art Returns Internship is available to full-time students.

You must be proficient in Excel and Word to qualify for this internship.

Interns will help file and mail extensive paperwork in the process of organizing and processing original artwork from Marvel comic artists.

Learn more information about the Art Returns Internship – Marvel Entertainment.

3. Center for the Study of the President Internship

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Center for the Study of the Presidency Internship is available to students with an interest in the American Presidency.

You will assist in the research and writing of policy analyses and other projects and help organize meetings, conferences and outreach programs.

Preference will be given to junior, senior and graduate students with a background in political science, history, international relations, economics, business, medicine or science policy.

Learn more information about the Center for the Study of the President Internship.

4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Internship

Ages: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Internship is available to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

You must submit a cover letter and resume, a letter of reference or recommendation from a professor in your field, and a personal statement to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Internship.

5. AllHipHop.com Internship

Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

AllHipHop.com Internship is available to currently enrolled in a college or university students that have a passion for urban music and culture; as well as marketing, communications, business development and social media.

You must provide a letter from your college or university confirming that you will receive school credit. Non-college students are welcomed to apply.

Candidates must also possess excellent computer skills and strong organizational skills. Photoshop, FinalCut, iMovie, PowerPoint, Keynote, Excel skills a major plus.

An intern with photography and video skills will be given special consideration.

Learn more information about the AllHipHop.com Internship.

6. Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc.

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Summer Wildlife Intern position is open to students who are interested in the care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife.

You must be able to work 20 hours per week from the months of May to August to be eligible for this internship. This internship is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Summer Wildlife Intern – Wildcare Inc..

7. Disney College Program Internship

Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Disney College Program Internship is open to students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university and have completed at least one semester.

You must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for this internship. Internship roles include: attractions, custodial, guest relations, guest research, parking cashier, PhotoPass photographer, resort transportation and parking, ticket taker, hopper and main entrance operations.

All internships take place at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. All majors are welcome to apply.

Learn more information about the Disney College Program Internship.

8. Newsroom Internship – MSNBC

Ages: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The MSNBC Newsroom Internship is available to students with an interest in a career in media or broadcasting.

You must be enrolled in a bachelor’s/masters program at an accredited college or university, be at least 18 years or older and current sophomore standing or above.

You will work with the Senior Producer performing production assistant functions such as: answering phones, logging tape, researching story ideas, printing scripts, retrieving tapes and working with the Digital Media Intake Department.

You must have a knowledge of politics, history and current events to qualify for this position.

Learn more information about the Newsroom Internship – MSNBC.

9. James E. Webb Internship – Smithsonian Institution

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration is available to minority undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in areas of business or public administration.

This internship is intended to promote excellence in the management of not-for-profit organizations and interns are placed in offices, museums, and research institutes throughout the Smithsonian Institution.

Learn more information about the James E. Webb Internship – Smithsonian Institution.

10. NPR Internship

Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The NPR Internship is available to graduate students, undergraduate students and students who have graduated from college within 12 months of beginning the internship. Interns are expected to work 20 to 40 hours a week during an eight to 12 week internship period.

Internships are offered in the summer, fall, and spring/winter semesters.

This internship provides the opportunity to learn about broadcasting and the supporting areas of NPR. There are many different areas to intern – please specify when applying.

Learn more information about the NPR Internship.

11. Dell Summer Internship

Ages: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Dell Summer Internship is available to MBA, graduate, and undergraduate students.

You must be currently enrolled in a full-time, academic program at an accredited college or university and maintain good academic standing.

Internships last 10 to 12 weeks and provide participants with opportunities to work and learn at Dell.

Learn more information about the Dell Summer Internship.

12. Doctors Without Borders Press Internship

Ages: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Press Intern will work closely with the Press Officer and Communications Assistant, offering day-to-day research support and meeting project-based needs as they arise.

This position is ideal for a student interested in both humanitarian aid and public relations or journalism.

Learn more information about the Doctors Without Borders Press Internship.

13. NSA Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The National Security Agency Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance is open to college upperclassmen and graduate students who are concentrating their studies in the disciplines of information assurance.

This semester program is available during fall, spring, and summer semesters and participants will have the opportunity to learn the field of information assurance.

You must be a U.S. citizen, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and be eligible to be granted a security clearance to be considered for this program.

Learn more information about the NSA Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance.

14. Architecture and Design Research Internship – Art Institute of Chicago

Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Architecture and Design Research at the Art Institute of Chicago is open to undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates.

Interns will conduct research relating to the architecture and design department’s exhibitions and collections.

You must possess basic computer skills (especially in a Macintosh environment), be organized, and demonstrate verbal and written communication skills to be considered for this position.

A major in art history or fine art is not essential.

Learn more information about the Architecture and Design Research Internship – Art Institute of Chicago.

15. Surfdog Records Internship

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Surfdog Records Internship is available to students who are self-motivators and have an interest in the entertainment industry.

Duties include doing promotional mail-outs, internet and grassroots marketing, attending shows, running errands, and general clerical duties.

Learn more information about the Surfdog Records Internship.

16. Environmental Engineering Internship – 3M

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Environmental Engineering Internship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in environmental health and safety, engineering, or a science discipline.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered for this role. This internship is located in Cottage Grove, MN.

Learn more information about the Environmental Engineering Internship – 3M.

17. CSO Public Relations Internship

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The CSO (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) Public Relations Internship is available to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in English, arts management, public relations, journalism, or communications.

Preference is given to students with knowledge of classical music and prior public relations experience.

Learn more information about the CSO Public Relations Internship.

18. Animation Development and Current Series Internship – Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Ages: College Junior through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Animation Development and Current Series Internship is open to students in their junior and senior years.

You must have an interest in children’s entertainment and animation to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Animation Development and Current Series Internship.

19. Advertising Internship – J.M. Smucker Co.

Ages: College Junior through College Senior

The Advertising Internship is available to junior and senior students pursuing a degree in business, marketing, communications, or a related field.

Intern duties will include assisting with the development / evaluation / execution of all digital media plans and the approval process for custom digital units designed by vendors, evaluating digital media trends and working with Media Specialists.

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate good communication skills, be detail oriented, and have experience with Microsoft Office to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Advertising Internship – J.M. Smucker Co..

20. Judicial Internship Program

Ages: College Junior through College Senior

The Judicial Internship Program is open to college juniors and seniors who are interested in gaining exposure to the field of judicial administration through work in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice.

You must meet the following qualifications to be considered for this internship: high intellectual development, substantial research experience, some coursework on constitutional law or the Supreme Court, and a capacity to absorb extensive information and to analyze, summarize, and derive conclusions from it.

Learn more information about the Judicial Internship Program.

21. Software Developer Internship – Google, Inc.

Ages: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, 2nd Year

The Software Developer Internship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in computer science or a related technical field.

As an intern, you will be working on a project in one of the following areas: product and systems development, test engineering, or site reliability.

Learn more information about the Software Developer Internship – Google, Inc..

22. Sales/Marketing Internship – AVG Sports Group

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Sales/ Marketing Internship is open to college students and recent graduates who are interested a career in sales or marketing.

You must have excellent organization and interpersonal skills, be a self- starter, and be able to work independently and as part of a team.

You must also have strong writing skills and be proficient or desire to be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Additionally, you must be willing to travel and be an avid motorcycle enthusiast to be eligible for this internship.

Internship duties include: working as a team with other interns to plan and implement one complete promotional event per quarter, actively promote existing AGV Sport events and programs, help develop and refine the overall AGV Sport student marketing plan, and other duties.

Learn more information about the Sales/Marketing Internship – AVG Sports Group.

23. Arctic Studies Center Internship – Alaska Office

Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year

The Arctic Studies Center Internship – Alaska Office is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in archaeology and anthropology.

Internships are based in Alaska. Interns will work on either the “Sharing Knowledge” project or the Kenai Fjords Project.

The “Sharing Knowledge” Project duties include: research and analysis of archival photographs and illustrations of Alaska Native peoples, editing English transcripts of museum consultations with Alaska Native Elders, and editing and posting data and text.

The Kenai Fjords Project duties include: summer fieldwork at Kenai Fjords National Park, oral history research, and data entry and spatial analysis of artifacts from the Kenai Fjords fieldwork site.

Learn more information about the Arctic Studies Center Internship – Alaska Office.

24. Fair Courts Project Internship – Lambda Legal

Ages: Graduate Students, 1st Year through 3rd Year

The Fair Courts Project Internship is open to law students who have experience with or an interest in legal issues relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV, specifically the Fair Courts Project.

Students who have had substantial political science undergraduate coursework are also eligible to apply. Interns will assist primarily with Lambda Legal’s Fair Courts Project. This position is located in New York, New York and is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Fair Courts Project Internship – Lambda Legal.

25. Sales Internship – Victory Records, Inc.

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Sales Internship is available to students with an interest in the music industry at Victory Records.

Intern duties include assisting sales representatives with tracking release sales, calling record stores and retailers, sending out promotional materials, some data entry, helping with promotional and merchandise mailings and orders and finding new promotional venues.

General knowledge of Excel or any database software is a plus.

Learn more information about the Sales Internship – Victory Records, Inc..

26. Major League Soccer Finance/Accounting Internship

Ages: College Sophomore through Graduate Students, 5th Year

The Major League Soccer Finance/Accounting Internship is open to students who are at least 18 years old and are either a college student (sophomore status or higher preferred), graduate student, or have graduated within six months of their acceptance into the program.

You must have completed your sophomore year, be majoring in finance or accounting, and have experience using Microsoft Excel and Word.

You must also demonstrate organizational and analytical skills and the ability to communicate and interact in a work environment to be considered for this position.

Internship duties include: assisting with the monthly closing process and the preparation of the monthly financial reporting package; assisting with the preparation of the weekly ticket sales and game statement reports; and assisting in the preparation of various financial analyses.

Interns will gain valuable exposure to the business side of a professional sports organization.

In addition, the intern will be exposed to all levels of management and various departments within Major League Soccer, including interaction with team personnel.

Learn more information about the Major League Finance/Accounting Internship.

27. United Nations Foundation Internship

Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Students, 5th Year

The United Nations Foundation Internship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who possess a strong interest in international affairs.

You must possess good writing and research skills and formidable knowledge of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions.

Internships are available in the following areas: partnership development, public affairs, finance and grants administration, and issues areas: children’s health, women and population, technology, climate and energy, US-UN relations, sustainable development.

Learn more information about the United Nations Foundation Internship.

28. Administrative Internship – The Second City

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Second City Administrative Internship is open to energetic, highly-motivated interns who are interested in working shows produced at The Second City year round.

You must have the following qualifications to qualify for this award: have the ability to work within a team-based work structure; possess initiative, conscientiousness and strong self-management skills; have excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills; and can cheerfully deal with working at a breakneck speed, constant changes in direction and juggling many tasks at once.

Learn more information about the Administrative Internship – The Second City.

29. Marketing Internship – National Aquarium in Baltimore

Ages: College Freshman through College Senior

The Marketing Internship is available at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Two paths are available, a sales and service path focusing on packing tours and tour operations and a advertising and promotions path focusing on general admissions promotions and events.

You must be enrolled as an undergraduate at an accredited college or university.

You must be studying marketing, public relations, communications, development or a related field to be eligible for this position.

Learn more information about the Marketing Internship – National Aquarium in Baltimore.

30. Production Internship – The Maury Show

Ages: College Sophomore through College Senior

The Production Internship is available to college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are majoring or have an interest in television, film, communications or media studies.

Interns will assist the production and office staff in a variety of tasks.

You must be at least 18 years of age, be detail oriented, knowledgeable in pop culture, organized and highly proactive to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Production Internship – The Maury Show.



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