You’ve heard your academic adviser tell you time and again that internship experience is critical to landing a job in your desired career field after college. You’ve spent countless hours searching for opportunities, but everything you find borders on the dull and mundane.
If you’re looking to add some pizazz to your resume, consider one of these seven cool internships.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Areas of discipline include: Digital media, education, human resources, law, marketing and communications and museum collections
Can’t get enough of the guitar? You may find a home at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Both undergraduate — with the exception of freshmen — and graduate students are eligible to apply for internships in a variety of departments. Keep in mind that you must rock out with the museum crew for at least eight weeks.
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Photo courtesy of Viacom
Where: Multiple locations
Areas of discipline include: Advertising sales, animation, communications, editorial, finance, mobile, production, and talent and casting
Home to Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 and a few other popular cable networks, Viacom’s internship program offers opportunities that spread from coast to coast. College juniors and seniors are welcome to apply and, in some cases, graduate and law students are also eligible.
Areas of discipline include: Business, human resources, product management and user experience
The internship positions offered by Google and depicted in the 2013 film “The Internship” have been described as coveted opportunities. Why? It could be because of the generous perks. The “Googleplex,” Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, includes free, all-electric cars available for checkout for several hours at a time, sleep pods and more than 30 cafeterias filled with free food, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
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Where: Washington, D.C.
Areas of discipline include: Accounting, clandestine service, computer science, cyber security, information technology and media
Live like “American Dad!” animated star Stan Smith and do your part to keep America safe from threats to national security. The CIA offers a smorgasbord of internships to graduate and undergraduate students.
Areas of discipline include: Animation, business development and planning, digital media, finance/accounting, gaming, information technology, and theatrical and stage production
Spend time with your favorite Disney characters during a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. Internship site locations include Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, the homes of Disney World and Disneyland, respectively.
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Photo courtesy of WildCare Inc.
Where: Bloomington, Indiana
Areas of discipline include: Providing care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife
Bring out your inner animal lover by caring for birds, mammals and reptiles. The internship is unpaid, but interns have the opportunity to earn college credit.
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The Geological Society of America
Photo courtesy of the Geological Society of America. GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Where: Multiple locations
Areas of discipline include: Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
The diversity internships offered by The Geological Society of America stimulate interest in geoscience careers and allow students to work in one of the country’s national parks, according to the organization’s website. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Now that you’ve found the internship you want, find out how and when to apply.