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How To Find The Best Job Internships

Updated on October 18, 2015
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What Is An Internship? - A Useful Definition

in·tern·ship [in-turn-ship] - noun

  • Any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession.
  • A position as a participant in such a program.
  • Any period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation, profession, or pursuit.

The videos and links below provide a wealth of Intership Opportunities and several perspectives on how to gain success on the job as an intern.

Check your local Unversities, Colleges, Community Colleges, and Vocational Programs for listings of Internships in your area. Other resources include your local Board fo Education, County Offices, and City Offices, as well as the Justice System in your areas.

Site of Fermilab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Photos this page, public domain)
Site of Fermilab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Photos this page, public domain)

Internships Take Many Forms

The first time I heard about internships was in elementary school when my elementary school class recieved its first Work Experience student teacher.

The young woman that was a college student stayed with us for 30 days in the mornings until lunch, from Monday through Friday. She obnserved for the first few days and then began to help the teacher by doing small tasks. This included typing and copying handouts, passing out papers to the children, grading papers, answering our questions for help, and related activities.


A couple of years later, my class received another Work Experience student that returned as a Student Teacher afterward, for 1 quarter (~10 weeks) at the Ohio State University in the spring.

During student teaching, this person handled more and more of the class room activities until they were teaching a full day at a time a couple of days out of the 5 per week spent with us. It was like having an older sibling that knew how to do advanced science and geography and was a lot of fun. I recall a skit about Mars that was great hilarity in particular.

This Student Teaching Experience is what is known as an Internship outside of the medical field, where an Intern is an Intern for at least a year. The student teacher was practicing and being observed, encouraged, and evaluated by the working classroom teacher, just a doctors and residents observe and evaluate a medical intern.

An internship is a time of paid or unpaid practice at a job for a length of time that provides an opportunity to gather experience and expertise as well as resume material.

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Exploring Possible Careers

In the 21st century, a growing number of large and small companies offer interested individuals Vocation Vacations. These are combination vacation-work experiences in which individuals arrange to work for a week or more in an occupation they think they might enjoy. Particioants can experience the actual daily work life and determine if they can successfully carry it out. They do this during a scheduled vacation, usually during a period of time that can range for one to four weeks in length.

These experiences can be considered short internships. They are actually a Work Experience - like the Teaching Experience mentioned above - and as such, comprise a part of the larger realm of Career Exploration.This is a concept that has entered high schools and vocational schools beginning in the 1990s that helps young people become career minded.

This career field and job exploration is an overall researching with some trying out of different lines of work in various fields of occupation at various employers. In a shorter, one-day career exploration, a person performs job shadowing, in which they accompany a professional throughout a single work day, making observations and asking questions.

Many occupational clusters of similar work and even different job titles can be examined through Career Exploration. All of this can be used in resume building under an INTERNSHIP heading or something similar. They are all good experience.

From the Employer's Viewpoint

Internship Example

The United National Headquarters, NYC, New York


  1. "to provide a framework by which graduate and post-graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to United Nations offices where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  2. to expose them to the work of the United Nations; and
  3. to provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields."

UN Headquarters Secretariat Internships are offered for two months, three times a year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The program is ~full-time (unpaid); interns are expected to work five days a week in the department of the Secretariat that selected them, under the supervision of a staff supervisor.


Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, e.g. Masters program level, at the time of application and internship; or

  • "Applicants pursuing studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate/graduate must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent towards a degree.
  • Undergraduates...are not eligible."

UN LINK: From the FAQ's:

Q: What kind of job will I be requested to do?

A: Examples:

  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
  • Document, legal and internet research
  • Assistance during conferences
  • Working on the web-presentation
  • Evaluation of projects
  • Compiling statistics
  • Media analysis
  • Speech-writing


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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for your insights, which are very useful. Welfare-to-work programs also experimented with internships as well, but companies usually did not hire their interns at the end of subsidized internships. I agree that change is needed.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent hub!! The second video is most helpful. Finding a paid internship is not easy at all (been looking into it). I also don't think they are prevalent enough. With the economy the way it is, paid internships (even at minimum wage) would be a good system to incorporate, especially with so many people going back to school. All are not going to 4 year universities/colleges, many are going to vocational schools - then come out and can't get a job for lack of experience. A change needs to be made within the system so graduating students can get the experience they need. Volunteering is also a good way, especially when you can choose the area in which you like to volunteer (I know this is not possible at all times, but when it is that's even better). For some it could be a problem not being paid, especially when there are loans to be paid back. Yes, the system should totally be revamped and it should not take forever to do it. It will help many people become employed. I am going to look into some of these links. Very helpful hub. Should win an award. v/r

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      Cheesing a Dream 6 years ago from Macedonia

      Very Helpful:)

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      pholk 7 years ago from Thailand

      Internship agency help finding internship for student