With summer break around the corner, by now you should have started thinking about how you’re spending those summer months not stuck on campus. We suggest making the most of it so your resume shines when you graduate -- competition for jobs is fierce, and you’ll need a well-padded resume to get even a semblance of your dream job.
Start here with our favorite picks for 2018 summer dream internships.
One of the most coveted internships, working for free at ESPN is something we would happily do for years without pay until we really, really couldn't’t afford it anymore. That said, they bring on a hefty-sized group each semester so your chances might fare better than you think and make it worth applying for. Highlights include working directly with some of the biggest names in the industry, access to their "Speaker Series" and making your dream sports projects “come to life.”
Like ESPN, this cable news network allots dozens of internship positions at their state and local networks countrywide, along with positions at each of their networks (from Showtime to The Smithsonian, their "portfolio" list seems endless). If you've got broadcast news on the radar, apply for internships directly with CBS local stations. Landing a weekend anchor spot one day starts there, and you'll want to make sure you’re also reaching out to local network contacts that can put you in touch with someone directly. In this business, you'll need the networking.
Federal Bureau of Investigations
Let your inner sleuth out with one of the FBI’s coveted internships, based in Washington, D.C. If you’re majoring in criminal justice, STEM fields, or fluent in multiple languages, you’ll have a leg up. And not only is it paid, but room and board are provided as well. Consider your background check an included cost (and make sure it’s clean!).
Not quite an internship -- more like a one-year “University Program." Interning at SpaceX means you’re in it to win it. Or fail, if you follow Elon Musk’s company protocol of asking employees how they can break things, fail in order to grow, and always build it better. Opportunities are available across positions, including engineering and business operations. We can’t deny that adding “Assisted with space exploration” makes this one a winner.
This forward-thinking advertising agency wants people with energy -- “an energy so powerful it creates sparks – thinkers, dreamers and innovators who can put ideas into motion that leads to results.” Their culture promises personal growth and development, and it would be a prestigious place to get your foot into the advertising agency door. Intern at their New York City location and see where the agency began as a one-man band shop dozens of years ago.
The most famous of them all. If you’ve dreamt about working for Disney as a kid (or just living at Disneyworld), don’t drop the dream yet. You can apply for internships at their Studios, Parks, Media or Animation Studios (and more). The range of specific fields available are the real draw. Interested in Park Management, Animal Nutrition, Aquaculture or Imagineering? There’s an internship for that. Disney hires hundreds of interns each year in its specialties (and the perks certainly help!)
One of our favorite media brands (have you heard of Eater, Polygon or SB Nation?), this media-company-next-door with a focus on millenials has open internship positions at many of its entities, in fields like Engagement, Editorial, Social Design and more. If you’re a techie in communications, this is your gig. Finance, Sales and Marketing majors -- don’t worry, there’s something for you too. And... it’s PAID!
Doctors Without Borders
Spend your summer doing something that gives back a bit more. Medical and journalism students are especially encouraged to apply for internships with this international medical aid organization. If you’re studying French or Arabic, get in there. Interns can gain practical work experience and support the nonprofits Communications, Development, Program, Human Resources (both for the field and the office) and Executive departments in the field.
Check out Mindshare’s Careers page, where you can find a variety of summer internships: Operations, Marketing, Finance, Planning. The global media agency network operates in more than 86 countries across continents, bringing in billings in excess of US$34.5 billion (source: RECMA). The network consists of more than 7,000 employees, in 116 offices across 86 countries spread throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Their mission is driven by their “Original Thinking Framework” and a culture of speed, teamwork and provocation. In short? There's plenty of room for growth.
You use it every day. Why wouldn’t you want to get into its inner workings? An internship at Google means you’ve arrived, and if you did nothing else with your life after this professionally, that’d probably be ok. Make more than most college graduates with this gig as well -- software engineering interns make over $6,600 each month (and if you have your MBA, expect to get $8,200, according to anonymous reviews on Glassdoor). We're sold.