There’s no doubting the benefits of an internship – they provide you with the ever elusive real-world experience that amplifies your postgrad job search. Paid internships are a flexible way for you to gain valuable experience and earn cash to avoid the “broke college student” stereotype. While you may think they are plentiful only in STEM fields – think again. In addition to science, technology, engineering, and math – paid internships exist in business operations, marketing, sales, communications, art & design, hospitality, and even publishing. Your paid internship could also lead to a full-time job offer. In a 2013 student survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found 63.1 percent of paid interns received at least one job offer.
Even if you’re still a high school student, keep these internship opportunities in mind when it comes to deciding what you want to study in college. Your area of study may lead you to some of the following lucrative internship opportunities.
1. NIKE, Inc.
Nike offers internships in product design, product development, financial, e-commerce, communications, sports marketing, logistics, or human resources. No matter the department, all Nike interns receive a competitive salary, travel and living stipend, and employee perks and benefits like access to amazing athletic facilities and employee store discounts.
2. Disney Professional Internships
Vision yourself working for the mouse? Distinct from the Disney College Program, Disney Professional Internships allows students to gain on-the-job professional experience at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Walt Disney Imagineering. Agricultural sciences, communication, education, engineering, events, finance, operations/guest relations are just a few examples from a range of different areas. All internships are paid and may include housing and relocation assistance.
3. Penguin Group USA
This internationally renowned publishing power house offers 10-week paid internships in editorial, finance, graphic design, marketing, online marketing, production, publicity, sales, and operations. The February deadline for summer internships is the 28th, so if you’re interested in working for the publisher behind bestsellers like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, get your application in soon!
There’s business behind beauty. A diverse range of majors benefit from L’Oreal’s internship program. Become an intern in research, operations, finance, information systems, marketing, sales, communications, digital, or human resources. Students can also gain a global perspective with an international internship. Each intern also receives personal development monitoring and coaching.
For trendsetters interested in the business of fashion, Nordstrom offers a Retail Management Internship, Headquarters Internship, Merchandising and Planning Internship, and an MBA Internship. Interns work on strategic projects and gain an inside understanding of what it takes to create the Nordstrom shopping experience, all while earning a competitive salary.
6. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers or PwC for short, offers winter, spring, and summer internships across the United States and internationally. PwC interns work directly with PwC clients on relevant assignments, receive coaching and training, and shadow PwC professionals. The International Intern Experience gives students a chance to work abroad to develop new skills.
One of the most recognized brands has internships for both undergrads and grads with aspirations to help “open happiness” across the world. Coca-Cola offers strategic internships, seasonal internships, co-ops, summer jobs, and international opportunities.