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Best Internships For All Ages

Updated on February 25, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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.

Arts and music internships.
Arts and music internships. | Source

Jobs for 15- to 17-year-olds offer 1,000+ jobs across America at any given search period, even in January, including these most-advertised positions:

  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

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

Largest numbers of advertised internships for college-aged students and new graduates:

  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 list:

  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.

Fashion Internships

Fashion | Source

Find many internships in fashion design and merchandising at:

  1. Buckle
  2. Nordstrom
  3. Clare's "Girl's Best Friend"
  4. Anthropologie
  5. Guess? Inc.
  6. JBCStyle
  7. QVC TV Network
  8. Maurices
  9. Jacobs
  10. Springs Window Fashions
  11. Fossil Group
  12. Calvin Klein

Theme Park Jobs and Internships

Theme Park Job Locations

Walt Disney World Casting:
Walt Disney World Casting Center, 1515 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, USA

get directions

Epcot Center, Florida:
Epcot, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821, USA

get directions

Busch Gardens:
Busch Gardens, 10165 North Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

get directions

Epcot, San Antonio, TX 78260, USA

get directions

Six Flags Over Texas:
Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags Street East, Arlington, TX 76011, USA

get directions

Disney Park:
Disney Park, Keytesville, MO 65261, USA

get directions

Navy Pier:
Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

get directions

Cedar Point:
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870, USA

get directions

Internships For Potential Business 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.

Business franchise internships are available at these companies:

  1. Golden Corral Corporation
  2. Deloitte
  3. TMI Hospitality
  4. Dunkin Donuts
  5. MW Franchise Group LLC
  6. Realogy Corporate
  7. Herc Rentals
  9. Soccer Shots
  10. Monumental Sports Entertainment
  11. Grant Thornton
  12. Waxing The City Corporate Jobs

Although and both crawl the Internet and gather total job postings, they overlap and each have periodic blind spots that the other cannot see. Therefore, it is best to search both of these Job Search Engines.

Major Search Engines revealed:

  • 27,000 Internships in January 2013,
  • 70,000+ Internships in November 2014,
  • 245,000+ Internships in October 2015,
  • 80,000 Internships in February 2017.

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)

Large Summer Jobs and Internship Sites

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

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

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

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      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!

    • DonnaCosmato profile image

      Donna Cosmato 

      9 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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      9 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.

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      9 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!

    • MrRockster profile image


      9 years ago from Maryland

      Great information. Thanks


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