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How to Find Internships That Lead to Full-Time Employment

Updated on May 27, 2015
An Internship in Fashion Design can be interesting. An intern could design mannequins to look less like a police lineup.
An Internship in Fashion Design can be interesting. An intern could design mannequins to look less like a police lineup. | Source

Organized Internship Programs - More Than Hard Work

During a timeline of 11 years in the 2000s - 2010s, I was able to train a number of interns annually in office and healthcare related jobs with the help of already-trained interns hired longer-term.

In addition during those years, my bosses, staff, and I were successful in completing a large annual program of pre-training and placing of at least 1,500 - 1,800 youth ages 14 - 19 in summer internships offered by government offices and non-profit agencies. One year, we were fortunate enough to be able to place these young men and women in jobs within the private sector, where some were hired on a yearly basis and a few were offered small scholarships as well. This included veterinary practices, architectural firms, grocery operations, art agencies, and many other interesting businesses.

Another 1,200+ youth in each summer aged 13 and older received stipends for their training in work readiness skills, along with reading and mathematics enhancement. This evolved to reach into the school year to offer year-round enhanced education and training in preparation for summer internships.


Working hard, taking notes in your employment portfolio, showing good appearance and manners, being productive and cooperative, showing initiative at the most appropriate times times, and becoming more visible as a good employee can help turn an internship into a solid job/career offer, but this does not always occur. In fact, a few employers actually use government-subsidized interns regularly for a prescribed number of months and do not hire any on a full-time basis. Thus, this is not always the answer to a career.


Internships Within Large Companies

City sponsored summer internship or summer job programs are no longer as widely found as previous to the 2010s, but some large companies offer the best programs to lead a student from internship to full-time job and career. One of these is the Disney conglomerate. Some of their locations re-hire interns from year to year and offer full-time employment after high school graduation. For the college-bound, Disney can offer internships clear though college graduation, followed by offers of careers in business and other aspects of Disney. The company even has its own College Internship Program.

Disney workers that graduate from college and take up other careers sometimes retain part-time work with Disney Land® or other venues, work out their careers to retirement, and keep their Disney jobs as retirement employment. Disney seems a good internship-to-career option.

Check out other similar companies for their programs - like Six Flags®, the King's Island® group and others. The United Nations is another organization that promotes an excellent and effective internship program in many countries.


Where are the Internships - 75,000 of them?

In America during mid-June, when many internship positions are being filled, we found 38,000+ internships listed on and approximately 24,000 on in 2012. By the end of 2014, SImplyHired advertised over 68,000 internships and by Summer 2015, over 75,000 internships were advertised all across the USA via the Internet.

Between these two major job search and trending engines that scour the Internet for jobs, it is easy to see some, but not a large amount, of overlap in internship positions available. After performing a consolidation, we have the following high demand positions listed below in the next section.


  • When reading internship adverts, read closely for age requirements. Few jobs or internships exist for ages 13 - 15 years, unless through city summer job programming or state or county fairs of short duration.
  • Some internship positions in the Retail Industry turn into part-time summer jobs with no advancement.
  • Further, some ads may be misleading. For example, an ad for Avon salepeople used "intern" as a keyword to draw people in to read the ad, although no internships were posted.
  • Some ads are looking for a medical intern - that is, a beginning doctor in an internship prior to residency for a hospital.

Map Locations of Top Internship Clusters

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When interviewed, this unidentified worker bee responded. " I didn't know that some interns are paid wages. I do receive room and board, however."
When interviewed, this unidentified worker bee responded. " I didn't know that some interns are paid wages. I do receive room and board, however." | Source

Best Larger Internship Companies are in BOLD

  1. Google - Pay can be $60K or more.
  2. IBM- IT and clerical positions.
  3. Casting360 Company- Acting, movie extra, and other entertainment and related. Usually short-term.
  4. US Navy- Medical interns.
  5. Kaiser Permanente- Healthcare
  6. Intel- IT
  7. CIA- Central Intelligence Agency
  8. Entertainment Industry Employers - Other entertainment jobs, including amusement parks.
  9. Walmart, Target and other retail - includes pharmacy interns.
  10. Barnes Jewish Hospital
  11. Broadcom - Telecommunication
  12. Grant Thornton
  13. Urban Outfitters
  14. Enterprise Rental Car - offers an adult internship for management,
  15. SAIC- Science and technology
  16. Scottrade- Investments
  17. KPMG- Auditing, taxes, business analysts, other.
  18. Deloitte
  19. Safeway
  20. Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Additional Internship Programs

Search for large companies in your area that have large, organized internship programs. Smaller programs include veterinary practices, architectural firms, local IT companies, and others that may advertise in the local newspapers but not online.

Do a search for internships and then observe the guidelines applying, interviewing , asking questions, interview follow-up, and productive work experiences that can help change your internship into a long-term job and career. As you become more confident in the internship, ask your supervisor how you can apply for a full-time position in the future and positively use this relationship as your frist mentoring experience.

Large Aerospace Internship Locations

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Internships in the Trades often fall under Apprenticeships with wages leading to higher pay at the end-stage Journeyman level..
Internships in the Trades often fall under Apprenticeships with wages leading to higher pay at the end-stage Journeyman level.. | Source

Some Common Internship Titles to Search

  1. Marketing Intern
  2. College Intern
  3. Summer Intern
  4. Engineering Intern
  5. Pharmacy Intern
  6. Seasonal Rental Representative
  7. Human Resources Intern
  8. Visual Display Internship
  9. IT Intern
  10. Research Intern
  11. Practicum positions

© 2011 Patty Inglish


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    • ciaron davies profile image

      ciaron davies 6 years ago

      Great stuff!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Patty, your hubs are always so informative and easy to read. It's a pity I am too old for internship at one of those large companies. Maybe if I moved to the US I could fake my age...just kidding.

      Love your hubs.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Internships are a good way to learn and add to a resume even if you don't get hired by the company you intern for. As long as its in your chosen field its going to help no matter what. As long as you do what's asked of you to the best of your ability and are not afraid to ask questions if you don't know something.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Successful internships always help, even with other fields of work - learning good work habits, new ways of thinking, many other I think. Thanks!

    • susannah42 profile image

      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      Another great hub. My daughter is currently working as an intern and I will pass this on. Thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I hope she loves her internship this year!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      You may want to include Computer Sciences Corporation in this list. When I worked there, we frequently hired interns, and often they were hired after graduating. I've been retired for five years, so don't know if they are hiring interns lately, however. You may want to check it out. Good hub - voted up and useful.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I'll look into that, mperrottet. I see them listing many jobs in some states. Thanks!

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      January is the time for high school and college students to begin searching and signing up for internships!

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