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College Career Moves: 7 Awesome Paid Internships

InternshipThere’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!

4. L’Oreal
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.

5. Nordstrom
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.

7. Coca-Cola
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.


How My College Internship Made My Career

How My Internship Made My Career


English majors aren’t given a lot of promise for their careers. Between snide comments about your future waitressing job, pressure from professors to turn to teaching, and the myriad “useless majors” lists English finds itself on in a tech-savvy job market, it’s a rough world for an aspiring writer. So when a friend told me she knew someone, who knew someone, who was looking for an editorial intern, I immediately submitted my resume and writing samples. My friend put in a good word for me, and days later, I had the job! It was a good mix of networking and my own hard work.

The business at which I interned, Campus Calm, was a company dedicated to helping college students with perfectionism. The founder, Maria Pascucci, was only eight years older than me, and this became an important aspect to our relationship.

After months of proofreading and blog writing, we began working on a book: The College Student’s 10-Step Blueprint to Stop Stressing & Create a Happy, Purposeful Life. My job was to proofread, expound on an article I had written a few months before, and create a couple of fun quizzes at the end of each chapter. I was writing everyday, and it felt great! When the work was done, Maria and I met for sushi, and she handed me three copies of the finished book. The feeling I got when I saw my name in print was unreal! I was published at 21 years old! The experience proved invaluable as such an noteworthy accomplishment helped me stand out among my peers.

Upon graduation, the professional relationship I had with Maria became something more of a friendship. I would drive to her house in the city, and over lunch outside, we would spend the afternoon brainstorming ideas for her next big project. She would clue me in on the ins, outs, and struggles she faced as a business owner, (which became very useful to me) and I would confide in her about my woes as a recent college grad. (What recent college grad doesn’t have a few woes?) I knew I wanted to write, but I wasn’t sure how to go about making it my career.

Then one afternoon, as we sat on the floor of her bright blue and orange office, it occurred to me that I wanted a job like hers. I wanted to own my own business. After telling her of my plan, she immediately got to work helping me pick a name, design a web site, and file for a DBA. Within a month, my freelance writing business was launched!

Having had my business, 100 Pink Pens, for nearly a year now, Maria and I remain good friends both professionally and personally. She is always willing to provide me with advice when I need it, and I continue to help her in any way that I can. After all, she’s the reason I got my start! I was able to follow my dream of owning my own business and making a living as a writer all because of my college internship!

Don’t abandon your passion just because you’re unsure whether you can make a living doing it. Start with finding the right college to help cultivate your talent, work hard, and always be ready to say “yes” to an opportunity. You never know which one might just make your career.