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Ten Coveted Jobs Requiring No Experience

Updated on March 22, 2010

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Dream Jobs and No Experience: Is it a Dream?

Yes Virginia, there is a job you can love doing without actually having done it before. There are jobs in national parks, health care, zoo keeping, newspapers, cruise lines, fashion, airlines, the NBA, the White House, finance, television, education, the record business, movies and oil fields. In lieu of experience--- natural abilities, personality, education, people skills and enthusiasm are just some of the assets prized by these industries when deciding to fill their open positions.

USA Today Summer Internships

Work with nationally recognized journalists at the nation’s largest circulation newspaper during semester-long fall, spring, and summer internships in the News, Money, Sports, Life, and Editorial Page sections and the summer-only Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR) internships. These unpaid internships which must be taken for academic credit, offer a $100 monthly transportation stipend.

Interns work in our state-of-the-art headquarters in Tysons Corner, Va. Free parking is available and a Fairfax Connector bus (Number 425), originating at the West Falls Church Metro Station, stops at the door. In addition, one internship per semester, reporting to both Life and Money sections is available at the newspaper’s New York City bureau. Blogging Internship

Get real-life experience writing, blogging, and reporting on newsworthy, as well as interesting, topics related to Yosemite National Park and travel and adventure in the Yosemite National Park, and immediately surrounding areas. Intern will be expected to provide at least five blog posts per week that average 200 words each in length. In addition to the blog posts, the intern will provide approximately two additional content pieces per week. These could be articles for non-blog sections of the website, or one article plus one video, or a photo slide show, etc. Ideal candidate will be adept at chasing down and reporting on interesting or newsworthy topics for the blog, as well as securing photos that are free to use, to accompany most posts and articles. (via Flickr’s Creative Commons, etc.) Ideal candidate will also be expected to make short, quick, regular updates to the website’s corresponding Facebook fan page, which will automatically also update its Twitter profile. Although the blog itself is currently in development and not live, please see the website,

Abilities in journalism, writing, social networks, new media as well as an enthusiasm for Yosemite National Park, travel or adventure is preferred, but not required.

NW Documentary


Award-winning documentary film director seeks Associate Producer to join the creative team to assist in completing latest film project, Summer Snapshot.First-hand experience on innovative, quality film project. Direct mentorship from established professional. Connections and network among other filmmaking professionals. Credit, copy of project. Ability to attend film festivals or special screenings.

NW Documentary is Oregon's only organization specializing in the art of documentary storytelling. Recognized by national and international awards, museums, art centers and film festivals, it has become Oregon's focal point for capturing and communicating the human experience through documentary storytelling. Its mission is to create significant documentaries, teach others to create documentaries, and to build community through the exhibition of original documentary works. The NW Documentary internship program is intended to provide opportunities to gain practical hands-on experience and industry skills as well as develop strong organizational and management skills.

Qualified candidate will be: Exceptional communicator. Fastidious organizer. Detail obsessive. Self-starter. Must excel at cold calls, managing event planning, and promoting projects. Computer literate and web savvy. Passionate. Creative. Smart. A genuine connection to summers, rivers, and the vision of the project would be appropriate.

Prospective interns should submit a cover letter of stated interest and qualifications, as well as a current resume with references. Letters of recommendation are encouraged. Please submit to: 115 SW Ash, Suite 620 Portland, OR 97217 Salary/Wage: unpaid internship Status: Internship • Location: 115 SW Ash St. Portland, OR

I Left My Resume in San Francisco

San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

Public Relations Intern

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau seeks motivated, organized interns for our dynamic Public Relations team. Internships are not paid, but students will receive a $575 stipend at the end of the internship. Our interns gain practical experience in their field while forging important connections in the industry through professional association luncheons and other networking opportunities. Internships are part-time, 16-20 hours per week for 8 weeks on average (hours and length of internship are highly flexible).

The PR intern will be responsible for writing press releases and other projects as assigned, including assisting domestic and international journalists with inquiries and fact checking, sorting media clippings for routing among Bureau staff and members, updating press kit materials as needed and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: · Must be able to write well under deadline pressure, paying attention to detail and accuracy. · Must have working knowledge of AP style. · Must be a college junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in journalism, public relations, or a related field. · Must have awareness of and interest in local, regional and global current events. · Must be familiar with San Francisco and the Bay Area. · Must be able to communicate well verbally and in written form. · Should have an interest in public relations as a potential career. · Should possess good clerical and organizational skills, including proficiency in computers (Internet research, MS Office, and able to learn new software). · Should enjoy working with people. Foreign language is a plus.

Fashion Editor is a site with shopping information for 27 districts in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are looking for columnists for each of our shopping districts. The right person should be interested in fashion and shopping and the monthly assignment is to travel through the district (you can see all the districts posted on the site find out what is new on the street and write a column monthly with all the latest and greatest or what's hot now information. This can be about products in the shops or new shops or eateries. Each columnist will get a by-line and their photo at the top of the monthly column and we will keep an archive of all the months' columns available.

A student who is pursuing a writing career and has already taken some creative writing classes would be ideal. However if you just love fashion and shopping and have excellent grammatical skills and a colorful and descriptive writing ability, you could be considered. If you have a sample of your work or want to create a sample of what you would put in your column that would also be helpful.

How To Apply:
Please either email a resume and writing samples if you have them to or fax to (510) 843-6685.

NBC News Associates Program

The News Associates program is a fast-track opportunity for people with the goal to learn news gathering and production skills. It is not designed to train people who wish to be on-air reporters.

What We Require
Highly motivated individuals
Commitment to Television News Production as a career
Bachelor's degree, along with demonstrated experience in journalism. Advanced degree in journalism is strongly preferred.
Solid writing skills
Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
Proven leadership skills
News Associates gain real-world experience honing research skills, developing news stories working in a news bureau, participating in field and studio show production, on the nightly news, a morning news program, or on a "magazine" program.

Each News Associate is assigned a mentor who is an experienced staff member. In addition, News Associates are invited to regular lunches with guest speakers such as the executive producers of "Today", "Nightly News" or " Dateline."

Over 75 percent of the News Associates who've completed the program have gone on to various producing positions with NBC News. Some are currently with "Dateline," "NBC Nightly News", "Today" or with MSNBC, CNBC, or our Burbank bureau.

The program runs twelve months and consists of several long-term assignments on a news program and/or a news bureau. Most Associates will be located in New York; Relocation expenses are not covered.

Fox Sports West Internships

This is the Southern California region sports television station. We are located in
Century City. Our programming consists of teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, L.A. Kings, Anaheim Mighty ducks, L.A. Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, etc... and Pac-10 sports, as well as local programming. Our non-paying college credit/personal experience internship requires a minimum of 10 hours a week. Interns will be required to help the production/office staff and freelance producers with a variety of duties. Duties include logging tapes, basic editing, research and chances for on sight game-time production. Candidates must have knowledge of sports, computer skills and a good attitude.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Cara Frieden, fax (310)286-3812 or e-mail

Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS

Desk Assistants - Online

A desk assistant is needed to help with the daily production of the NewsHour's Web site, The Online NewsHour. This entry-level position is located in Arlington, VA. We are looking for a sharp individual with editorial skills who is looking to gain experience in online news production and online news writing.

Duties include:
- Organizing and distributing show transcripts and viewer mail
- Encoding transcripts into HTML
- Updating Web site indexes
- Digitizing audio
- Assisting the editorial and production staff with special projects

Computer skills required. Web production skills desired; however, training will be provided.

 Fax your application to: The Online NewsHour Fax: 703.820.6266

Los Angeles Magazine

Editorial Intern

Intern would fact-check articles, conduct research, and submit story ideas with the possibility of writing for the magazine.

At least a junior with English, communications, or journalism major.

Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples: Eric Mercado Los Angeles Magazine 5900 Wilshire Blvd., 10th floor Los Angeles , CA 90036 or get further information here.

KCET-TV Public Television Internships

KCET's internships are unpaid and are for academic credit only. Opportunities for students to gain experience in the professional working world of Public Television (KCET) currently exist in the News & Public Affairs, Fundraising, Marketing, Information Technology, and Volunteers departments. Applicants must be enrolled in a 4-year accredited college or university and must be able to provide KCET with "proof of credit" or an authorization verification from their college.

A cover letter, resume, and the names of one professional and
one school reference are required. Click on this link for more information about KCET Public Television Internships.


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      4 months ago

      Goodbye KCET PBS Los Angeles

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      You are so welcome, CM

      Thanks for the high praise and for the follow. America is still a fertile land of opportunity for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. In a new article I am writing, I will share the story of a man who not only saw opportunities, but was able to make opportunities out of his failures.

      Thanks again =: )

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      Cecelia Kramer 

      5 years ago from Everywhere but mostly Cali

      Wow very detailed hub its nice to see so much rich content I think you have a new follower here great ideas above I never knew about these opportunities. Thanks so much.

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      That's very sweet of you. :D

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Tina, if you ever want to work here I'll write you a stellar commendation letter. Anyone who works as hard as you deserves the best of opportunities. =:)

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      These jobs are awesome. I've always wanted to work in the States because everyone is given FAIR opportunity to practice a profession. Voted up for this one! :D

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Pats! So good to see you. I was thinking about you as I was writing my Murder by Chatroulette series. It sort of sucks up your time writing a long story so I've been combining travelogue with each installment. We'll see if it works out. =:)

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Phoebe, I agree about the email vs fax and I think that they are being open to the old-school applicants. Even those, however, are probably being received on their computers as electronic faxes, not paper. Good point. =:)

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      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      You really put a lot of research into this Hub! I would have loved any of those jobs when I was starting out.

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      Phoebe Pike 

      7 years ago

      It's amazing how many people use fax machines these days. E-mail just doesn't cut it I suppose, but so many people keep saying we need to go green... so why couldn't we simply e-mail our information? Maybe I'm being silly, but does anyone else agree?

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      ZZ I don't know how I missed your visit--thanks so much for coming by. =:)

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      7 years ago from Northern California

      This is such a winning Hub. This is perfect for anyone seeking an internship or a learning opportunity. What a great compilation - places I wouldn't have considered! This is a great idea for a Hub, with something for everyone. Thanks for the photos too.

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Very informative, thanks Winsome.

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hey Wren, thank you for stopping by. Wouldn't be fun to just take a sabbatical and do one of these? =:)

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      8 years ago from U.K.

      Great hub you have here Winsome, really enjoyed it and what great oportunities! :)

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thanks Pink. So glad you liked it. =:)

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      the pink umbrella 

      8 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      hey great hub, thanx for the info. really though, it is well written and informative.

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      GL you're not 21? Well when you turn 21 if these jobs aren't available I'll find some better ones. =:) Thank you for your gracious words and for sharing the opportunities.

      Michael, glad you stopped by. I appreciate you and your comment.

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great hub winsome!

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow Winsome I too wish these positions had been available when I first out looking for a job. Actually, I might as well wish I was 21! You did a terrific job here. I'm sharing this a lot of young people I know. Thanks so much.

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Pamela, I think I would have jumped at one or more of these myself. =:)

      Hey Dr, thanks I appreciate you stopping by. Why not pursue a dream job instead of dreaming on a dead end one. =:) I hope these opportunities encourage and stimulate a great many to excellence.

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Winsome. These look like very interesting jobs and the information should be helpful to those considering "dream" jobs if they have the necessary prerequisites.

      Consider yourself as having provided a public service.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      These are some unique opportunities for college students especially. I would assume there will be many applicants. Good hub.


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