It’s time for recruiters to start advertising for college students to fill summer internships most of which will be office environments where interns will be surrounded by cubicles, computers and other interns. And while lots of those corporate positions are coveted connections aspiring interns want to make, we found a few unusual and sought-after offerings, plus one or two off-beat options, that are vying for the attention of the best and the brightest.
Live and Work in London!
London – the second largest financial center after New York City, is a plum location for finance and international business majors. It’s not just the largest business hub in the United Kingdom, it’s also globally significant in today’s corporate climate. Some of the top companies IN THE WORLD are located in London, a buzzing metropolis that can offer wide-ranging opportunities for international networking. Think Microsoft, American Express, Wall Street Journal and A&E Network – London-style.
For the politically-minded, London offers exposure to a different form of government which can help students better understand their own political system. Recent postings on Indeed.co.uk shows a cross-section of openings with firms like Hanover, an award-winning communications consultancy, Airbus the aeronautics and space firm with political and military connections, and Sanofi, a French multi-national pharmaceutical company.
And students with an interest in fashion will find opportunities aplenty in this major European fashion center that rivals Paris and Milan, like the internship at AlphaOmega, a women’s luxury footwear brand.
Cruising Roads, Seas, the Internet and Disney World
Eight students in Harley-Davidson’s #FindYourFreedom internship will get paid to ride cross-country for 12 weeks, documenting their travels on the company’s social media accounts. Students who complete the Riding Academy course even get to keep their bikes!
Interns in the Disney College Program are paid to operating attractions to performing as their favorite characters at the California or Florida resort. They’ll also take classes on topics like Disney’s event operations and animal sciences.
College students who spend their summer on a Carnival cruise ship get room, board, and a paid internship through the cruise line’s Internship at Sea Program. There the interns will perfect their crowd management skills while entertaining passengers under the watchful eye of a cruise director.
The FBI Honors Internship Program invites students to analyze crime data, create portals for exchanging information with law enforcement agencies and more. The 10-week, paid stint is open to student in fields from STEM to English.
Off Beat and Unusual
A few sophomores, juniors and seniors are spurning desks and office chairs and swimming with sharks, to swim with the penguins! They also have an eye on internships to help keep piglets healthy and to research cures for deadly diseases. Interns at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Arizona, for example, under the mentorship of TGen scientists to try to unravel the genetic components of diabetes, neurological disease and cancer. Interns at Stanford Health Care not only learn what happens on all seven floors of the hospital, they can take part in mural projects and experience the healing power of art.
At Boston’s New England Aquarium, specifically the Giant Ocean Tank, interns don wetsuits and surround themselves with joyfully flapping penguins, feeding them cold fish dinners and scrubbing the rocks where they live and relieve. Interns can also interact with aquarium visitors and answer questions about the animals, while figuring out the ultimate direction of their lives – be it marine biology, marine animal conservation, or veterinary work – among other life choices.
Another internship for students pursing a degree in Animal Science is with the family-owned Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Interns at the largest pork producer in the U.S. get a 360º view of state-of-the-art swine production. The internships are paid — with housing included — and the hands-on learning exposes interns to genetics, animal welfare, food safety, environmental initiatives and a host of other facets of the pork industry, thanks to 145,000 sows on 44 individual farms!
For more wildlife types of experiences, students are heading WAY off campus for animal internships abroad. In Costa Rica, Malawi, and Mozambique, for example, interns can rescue sloths, rehabilitate monkeys, dive with and survey whale sharks, teach injured falcons how to fly and build toys for orangutans. Wildlife internships abroad are a great way to incorporate a love for animals with wild, career-boosting prospect in another country.
Attracting Talented Interns …
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