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Fantastic Remote Internships for Students in 2021

Don’t let a pandemic stop you from graduating from college without meaningful work experience.

Shawna Newman

December 02, 2020

Check out these 2021 virtual internship opportunities for college students. Plus, important tips to land your remote internship.
Fantastic Remote Internships for Students in 2021
Landing an internship is a great way to secure your path to employment after college graduation. In addition to the textbook knowledge, working alongside professionals gives you the real-world application that sets you apart. You'll have meaningful work experience to add to your resume. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into the typical in-person internship experience. As businesses are working to keep employees safe by shifting to remote work, you may be concerned your internship chances are zero...this is not true. Google made the decision in October to keep all internships virtual in 2021. Citing the change gave their leaders the chance to be inventive with programing and employee connections. Iowa’s Telegraph Herald mentions internship adaptations that are technology dependent, including remote interviews and virtual meetings for student interns. This list of full-time and part-time online internships for 2021 includes big name companies across the United States, AND your location will not hold you back. You can work from home (or dorm, apartment). From digital marketing internships to finance internship programs, there are a variety of ways university students can gain professional experiences. If you’re looking for a remote internship program in 2021, this list below is where you should start!

Remote Virtual Student Internship Program

The Virtual Student Internship Program - Spring 2021 is open to students with a concentration in communications, public relations, marketing, digital marketing, Journalism or similar field of study. You must demonstrate proficiency in Word, PowerPoint and Excel in a Microsoft Windows environment, Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides), be a self-starter, have the ability to work independently in a virtual environment and strong communication skills in order to be considered for this internship. Intern duties may include assisting in research on upcoming trends, articles & social media relating to the PR industry & clients, assisting with reporting and gathering information to develop efficient pitches, assisting with writing press materials such as fact sheets, media lists, press releases, newsletters, bios/backgrounders, providing administrative assistance with media and influencer relations and other duties as needed.

Stryker Corp – Remote Information Technology Internship

The Information Technology Internship is open to students currently working on completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an information technology related field. Intern duties may include working at the direction of the IT Business partner to improve business processes, applying analytical abilities to enterprise systems and data, working cross-functionally within the business and Global IT to achieve desired improvements and other duties as required. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organization and problem-solving skills, basic understanding of computer networking technology and strong interpersonal skills in order to be considered for this internship.

Virtual Summer Internship - Remote

The Virtual Summer Internship - Remote is available to high school student or graduating senior who is 16-20 years old on June 1, 2020. You must request a referral code from your school to be considered for this position. As an intern, you will gain valuable career experience working from home for a great San Antonio company.

Turtle Island Restoration Network – Remote Intern

The Remote Intern is available to students interested in the field of legal aid, social media, graphic design, web development, research, advocacy/activism, and journalism. You must present your skills with your cover letter and resume to info@seaturtles.org, including how you see them aligning to be considered for this position.

ACLU National Prison Project – Remote Internship

The National Prison Project Internship is available to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in communications, political science, sociology, criminal justice or a related field. Intern duties may include supporting advocacy efforts to amend the Prison Litigation Reform Act by identifying key members of Congress, assisting with the production and distribution of advocacy materials, conducting factual research and writing, gathering current information related to prison and jail conditions for a resource library, documenting and tracking complaints and other duties as needed. You must demonstrate a commitment to civil rights, a strong interest in criminal justice, excellent research, writing and communication skills and strong computer skills to be considered for this internship.

StoryCorps –Chicago StoryBooth Remote Intern

The Chicago StoryBooth Intern is available to college students and recent college graduates interested in gaining valuable experience in a creative, fast-paced nonprofit organization. You must be looking to develop in public relations and customer service, excellent interpersonal and rapport-building skills to be considered for this position. As an intern, you assist the StoryBooth Regional Manager and Facilitators with the day-to-day operation of the program.

Major League Soccer – Motion Graphic and Creative Content Remote Internship

The Motion Graphic and Creative Content Internship - Remote with D.C. United in Washington · DC is available to students working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in a communications school (or comparable field). You must have excellent storytelling skills, a reel or packages must be submitted that demonstrate this ability, and goal-oriented and driven individual with a desire to learn to be considered for this position. As an intern, you will report to the Creative Content Producer and assist with the day-to-day objectives of the Digital Media and Communications Department.

NBC Universal, Inc. - Virtual/Remove Production Technology Intern, DreamWorks

The Production Technology Intern (Virtual/Remote), DreamWorks is available to students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, visualization or digital media (or equivalent) is a plus. You must have computer graphics and web development experience are a plus, experience with project-tracking software such as Jira or equivalent, and understanding of digital content creation applications such as Maya, Houdini, and/or Nuke to be considered for this position. As an intern, you will design and develop new software tools and applications to assist artists in production.

Superfly Remote Internship - Winter 2021

The Superfly Remote Internship is open to students with an interest in music, marketing, social media and related fields. Internship duties may include participating in brainstorms and team collaborations, researching the web and publications for relevant news to share with the team, organizing and archiving files, footage and Superfly contacts, attending meetings and distributing notes to different teams, working with database managers to ensure data input accuracy, assisting with administrative tasks for all departments and other duties as necessary. Interns must be highly organized and self-motivated, have strong writing skills (creative & technical), a willingness to take on a full range of tasks; ability to multitask, be proactive and curious, and love to learn, enjoy research and problem solving and demonstrate proficiency in Google Apps (especially Google Drive) and Microsoft Office in order to be considered for this internship.

Guinness World Records – Digital/Remote Internship

The Digital Internship is op to senior level college students. You must have two to three previous internships in digital work, knowledge of social media, content writing, and news trends, and knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Content Management Systems in order to be considered for this internship. Intern duties may include writing articles for the US to be published on the Guinness World Records global website, creating a constant flow of posts for the Guinness World Records Instagram channel, including pulling assets and writing captions, crafting content that relates to national holidays or events as labeled on the global content calendar and other duties as needed.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation Internship Program/Remote

The HRC Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students college students who are committed to making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people. Interns will gain professional skills while developing a voice as an LGBT advocate, play an active role in the nation's largest LGBT equality organization, and connect with some of the foremost LGBT and allied leaders.

Children and Youth - Youth Programming Intern - Remote

The Children and Youth - Youth Programming Intern - Remote is available to students currently in pursuit of a university or graduate degree - preferably in international relations, conflict studies, development studies, political science or similar. You must have the ability to work as part of a remote team, strong oral and written communication in English and organizational skills, and prior (volunteering) experience in a related field is an asset to be considered for this position. As an intern, you will support the development and testing of Search’s innovative programs working with formal and informal youth groups.

Arrow 2021 Finance Internship – Remote

The Arrow 2021 Finance Internship is open to students pursuing a bachelor's degree in finance. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have strong written and verbal communication skills and have experience with Microsoft Office in order to be considered for this internship. Intern duties may include providing support to various business units across North America, gaining experience with general Finance competencies, analysis and reporting, assisting with special projects and other duties as necessary.

Dropbox Software Engineering Internship Summer 2021 - Remote

The Dropbox Software Engineering Internship is available to students pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science or related technical field. You must have software writing or shipping experience and a passion to learn, problem solve and challenge the status quo in order to be considered for this internship. Intern duties may include building full-stack user experiences, measuring, optimizing, and building analytics platforms, mobile development and other duties as needed.

The Asian American Commission (AAC) Internship Program - Remote

The Asian American Commission (AAC) Internship Program Remote is available to upper-level undergraduate students. You must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/oral communication skills and strong interest in working to improve the social, health, education and economic status of AAPI communities to be considered for this position. As an intern, you will be able to carry out a vast array of projects and tasks; and to build stronger ties between and among the communities, the Commission, and the world of academia. Didn’t find the exact internship you were looking for above? No worries! Our internship database is updated often and includes thousands of possibilities that fit you and your college major. Set up a free Fastweb account to find your virtual internship AND scholarship matches!

How to Snag a Remote Internship

After you’ve found a few virtual internships you’re interested in, you’ll want to develop a game plan. Remote internships are in high demand. Meaning you want to give your internship interview, cover letter and resume your very best. Know what skills you can bring to the table that other applicants cannot! If you have taken a college course or completed a project related to the internship responsibilities, share this with your interviewer. In 2021, interviewers will be looking for students with self-drive, and superior time management skills. Internship employers want to know they’re hiring an intern that’s reliable, on-task and works well independently. Consider this when preparing for your interview questions. Also, think of a few situations you’ve adapted in 2020 due to the pandemic. Update your resume to include unique ways you’ve used technology, or how you adapted to get team projects done in a virtual setting. Use this internship cover letter example as a guide; modify it to fit your positive 2020 experiences.

Know the Interview Platform

Odds are your remote internship interview will be a virtual experience. If you can, ask what platform you’ll be expected to interview on a week before your interview. Take some time to familiarize yourself with this digital platform. Plan a practice interview with your friend or ask an instructor if they could call you on the digital platform for a mock interview. Be sure you know all the ins and outs of FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom—whatever the tool is that will be used for your remote-internship interview.

Rid Distractions, Look Your Best

Eliminate all possible distractions that could occur during your interview by turning off your phone, silencing your doorbell, stepping away from social media, and even notifying your roommate about the important call. Check out this list of five digital interview tips too! From lighting to video angles, this YouTube video covers aesthetics to ensure you look your very best on internship interview call.

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