How To Find Best Internships For All Ages

Large Amusement Park like Disney offer a wide range of internships.
Large Amusement Park like Disney offer a wide range of internships. | Source

Interns Come In All Ages

Hollywood is helping American business accept aging workers by focusing on older interns in films about employment. In 2015, The Intern featured Robert DeNiro at age 70+ as a new intern assigned to a large company started by a younger woman. He showed how the skills and experience of the older generation - Boomers and older - significantly aids businesses to flourish.

An early film, The Internship, starred two men in their 40s (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who won internships at Google. The experienced difficulties, but were accepted by the younger interns and even provided some effective business solutions with their own experiences.

Internships for retired persons, adults ages 55+, and US Veterans are offered continually by federally funded Education & Training programs under the Workforce Investment Act. Some of these are in Texas, where work is abundant. However, some of the same organizations helping Seniors in Texas are present in nearly all 50 US States.

Senior Citizens Can Be Interns

Because the population of America is aging and retired persons are returning to work, a new type of internship for Seniors is becoming more popular among employers. Hollywood films are reinforcing this notion.

Start Looking In the Winter For Summer Internships and Jobs

The time to begin interviewing and securing summer employment if you are in High School, College/University, a Trade School, or graduating in the upcoming spring is JANUARY. In fact, some summer employers arrange tentative re-hiring of students from the current summer for next year at the end of the season. This is especially true of some internships.

Summer Job Fairs

Be on the lookout for Summer Job Fairs at your High School, College, or a venue selected by your county or city Chamber of Commerce or Workforce Development Board. You should be seeing these held between January and April. Watch the newspapers and your city's home page on the Internet for announcements about summer jobs and job fairs. At the same time, contact your former summer employer from last year, if applicable, and apply for re-hire.

Speaking of summer employment and re-hiring, some individuals work each summer at any of the Disney facilities around America, return each summer through high school and college, work a college internship with Disney, and return in full-time employment with The Mouse. That time line seems ideal in career planning if a job candidate can find the right position for himself within Disney or work into it. Some workers that decide to take a job at another company after college often either work part-time for Disney or return after retirement.

With the Disney company or any other employer, begin early in the calendar year to secure summer employment.


Success In Ohio Can be Success Elsewhere

Congress chose to expire the funds and the organization behind the Job Training Partnership act during the Clinton Administration, but many of the local organizations combined with county jobs and family services agencies to form new entities to help adults and youth. They could not offer the huge several-thousand jobs Summer Youth Programs of the past, but they could offer smaller numbers of jobs.

Since 1998, private and non-profit organizations and businesses have partnered with government agencies in bringing additional Summer youth Employment jobs to youth ages 14 - 21. Look for these in your county and city by contacting the local Workforce Development Board and government jobs offices.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has efficiently and energetically supported youth employment in Central Ohio, along with his promise to find jobs for at least 1,000 additional Ohioans in 2011 and growing numbers each year subsequent to 2011.

Helping to sponsor 5 job fairs, he more than kept his promise in that over 1,200 Ohioans found new and substantial employment at $9.50 /hr to $23.00/hr at these job fairs. The Summer Jobs Fairs are about to begin in Central Ohio as well this winter and annually thereafter. Check your local mayor's office for news on youth employment this summer.

  • Jobs on this site for 15- to 17-year-olds includes 1,000+ jobs even in January in job titles like these (check local and state laws according to age in your area):

  1. Crew at KFC - Largest Number of Jobs overall
  2. Fashion Department, Meijer and other Department Stores
  3. Crew at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, McDonalds
  4. Japanese and other language Tutors
  5. Math, English, and Science Tutors
  6. Dog Walkers
  7. Cashiers
  8. Customer Service Representatives
  9. Sales Clerks and Sales Interns
  10. Cooks and Assistant Cooks
  11. Lifeguards
  12. Caregivers for children younger than 12
  13. Pet sitters
  14. Companions for the Elderly
  15. Bicycle Deliveries
  16. Grocery and Drug Store Stockers
  17. Busboys/girls in Restaurants
  18. Housecleaning and Motel/Hotel Housekeeping
  19. Call Center Order Takers
  20. Industrial Maintenance/Janitorial Jobs

Fashion | Source

USA Internships Increased 2005 - 2015

Since early 2014, internships have become available more frequently in months other than summer months. Notice the peaks in 2009.
Since early 2014, internships have become available more frequently in months other than summer months. Notice the peaks in 2009. | Source

USA Summer Jobs Increased Most in 2010 and 2013

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Jobs already are increasing for the summer in Ohio for Youth and Adults, under the foundation work done long-term by Mayor Michael Coleman (D) and shorter-term by Governor John Kasich (R). Eastern and Southern Ohio are going back to work.
Jobs already are increasing for the summer in Ohio for Youth and Adults, under the foundation work done long-term by Mayor Michael Coleman (D) and shorter-term by Governor John Kasich (R). Eastern and Southern Ohio are going back to work.
Jobs already are increasing for the summer in Ohio for Youth and Adults, under the foundation work done long-term by Mayor Michael Coleman (D) and shorter-term by Governor John Kasich (R). Eastern and Southern Ohio are going back to work. | Source

Thousands of Positions Listed in 2014 and 2015

The most internship positions listed appeared in:

  1. Interns - Various industries, largest companies in large cities; often includes Theme Parks (see map below)..
  2. Undergraduate Internship Program - NCS
  3. Internships
  4. Management Internship Positions
  5. Engineering Interns
  6. Marketing Interns
  7. College Interns
  8. Sales Manager Interns
  9. Software Engineer Interns
  10. Retail Internships, summer

"Summer Jobs" listings most frequently listed:

  1. Lifeguards
  2. Physician Interns
  3. Summer Jobs - various fields and companies
  4. Georgia Teaching Fellows - Summer fellowships.
  5. Physical Therapy Interns, part-time
  6. RN's, LPN's, Nursing Students
  7. Interns - Various fields
  8. Route Sales and Retail Sales summer jobs
  9. teachNOLA. Get certified and start teaching - Summer training/work.
  10. Teacher Training, Indianapolis - Summer fellowship.

Some Theme Park Internship Locations

show route and directions
A markerWalt Disney World Casting -
Walt Disney World Casting Center, 1515 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
[get directions]

B marker Epcot Center, Florida -
Epcot, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821, USA
[get directions]

C markerBusch Gardens -
Busch Gardens, 10165 North Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
[get directions]

D markerEpcot -
Epcot, San Antonio, TX 78260, USA
[get directions]

E markerSix Flags Over Texas -
Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags Street East, Arlington, TX 76011, USA
[get directions]

F markerDisney Park -
Disney Park, Keytesville, MO 65261, USA
[get directions]

G markerNavy Pier -
Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
[get directions]

H markerCedar Point -
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA
[get directions]

Internships For Potential Franchisees

By mid-October 2015, Over 245,000 internships were listed on major job search engines, but with a new twist added. A group of about 10,000 internships connected with franchise opportunities began appearing. In these positions, potential owners can try out the day-to-day planning and operations of a business before making a commitment with an investment. This helps to calm the fears of going into business for oneself.

Summer Jobs and Internships Databases

Although SimplyHired and Indeed both crawl the Internet and gather total job postings, they overlap a bit and each have periodic blind spots that the other can see. Therefore, it is best to search both of these Job Search Engines.

Major search engines showed:

  • 27,000 Internships in January 2013,
  • 30,000+ in May 2014,
  • 70,000+ openings in November 2014, and
  • 245,000+ internships in October 2015. Many are related to trying out business ownership.

Highest Demand Internship Jobs are:

  1. Interns - Dozens of companies in the largest metro areas of the USA.
  2. Engineering Interns
  3. Marketing Interns
  4. Non-Profit - Non-profit Internships
  5. Student Interns
  6. College Interns
  7. Visual Display Internships
  8. Human Resources Interns
  9. Internships - Hire My Network, Entercom Communications Corp., CBS Radio, Davey Tree, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in North America, COngressional Representatives, Post Factory NY, NY Arts Magazine, Boehringer Ingelheim, The Family Online Safety Institute, and others.
  10. Communications Interns
  11. IT Interns
  12. Pharmacist Interns
  13. Student Engineer Interns
  14. Summer Interns - Dozens of smaller companies.
  15. Interns in hospitals (Physicians)

Additional Work for Teens and Adults

  • Best Summer Jobs: How to Find a Successful Internship - Many internships are available around the calendar year for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and fellowships are offered to recent graduates quite often as a means to finding full-time employment and careers. Here is a directory of sites that provide internships, with explanatory videos.
  • Top 10 Summer Jobs for Adults and College Students - Adults need internships and summer jobs, too. In fact, federally funded programs offer Senior Citizens paid internships in a job seeking plan to employ older workers that want or need to work. College Students, recent graduates, and adults can benefit from the information and links in this article.
  • Top 10 Best Summer Jobs For Teens in High School - High school, college, and graduate students often need summer employment. Some start their own businesses! One young man began in Jeffersonville, Indiana as a dishwasher in a pizza joint and became a national...

Please add any sources of Summer Jobs that are offered in your area. Thanks!

© 2012 Patty Inglish

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MrRockster 4 years ago from Maryland

Great information. Thanks

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Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

This is a very resourceful hub! Very much information at one's fingertips and put together in a precise and specific manner. Presented in a very cosmetic appearance. Well done!

jenubouka 4 years ago

Awesome info Patty! Really dig how you lay out the info.

As for jobs in my neck of the woods..

I live in Washington and the job market is a scary thing here but for teens looking for summer jobs in WA, there are the amusement parks around puget sound that love hiring teens for the summer.

Southgate Mall near Tacoma is prime spot if you want to work in the fast food industry.

Any fast food joint really will gladly accept the inexperienced teen for a summer job.

Hey we have to start somewhere.

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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Wow, what an excellent research job you have done! If my son were just a little older, I'd put him to work (ha). This is a must bookmark hub for those that are looking for work in this tough economy. Voted up.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for comments!

I've found more links for youth jobs this year than ever before, especially the one where kids can search by age. It has taken over 10 years for agencies to develop anything close to offering the number of summer jobs to youth that were available under the JTPA. We hope this continues!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

In May 2012, we have a higher number of Summer Jobs and Internships than ever before, since 2007 and 2005, respectively!

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