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Fun Internship Opportunities That Prepare Students for Careers

Jul 21, 2011

Internships don't have to just be about making copies or getting coffee. There are plenty of fun internships out there that can give students from a variety of fields the chance to take part in useful hands-on training.

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By Jessica Lyons

Even if every responsibility isn't entirely glamorous, internships are an important part of a student's education and career preparation. When it comes time for you to find an internship, try thinking outside of the box because you might be able to work in a different and fun setting while still being able to get training related to your major. Here are just a few interesting possibilities.

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Television Shows

College students can get a closer look at the world of television through internships, such as with 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.' Students interning at this late night show could have duties like maintaining the calendar of guest bookings, coordinating musical guests, conducting research about upcoming guests, assisting in the control room and providing production and post-production support. If students are more interested in the news side of television, media outlets like MSNBC also offer internships where responsibilities might include researching story ideas, finding needed historical footage or analyzing audience data.

Zoos

You don't have to be studying an animal-related field to be able to benefit from completing an internship at a zoo. For example, at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, students' work could involve research, animal care, marketing and public relations, special events, maintenance plans or event management. Although an internship at a zoo can be extremely beneficial for someone in an animal-related field, there are plenty of other students who could develop skills related to their fields of study.

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Professional Sports Teams

You can combine your love of professional sports with your need to get first-hand experience by interning with a professional sports team where you could be able to get practice in a variety of areas. The football team the Philadelphia Eagles, for instance, offers work experience in several areas where intern responsibilities might include accounting, assisting with special events, helping with public appearances being made by players, assisting guests, helping to create media guides, conducting stadium tours or making sales calls. Professional hockey team the New York Islanders has internships available in departments like graphic design, group sales, game operations, video production and information technology.

Fashion Designers

Whether you're interested in working in fashion or just want to get some business experience in a different field, you might want to consider interning for a fashion designer. Interns with Marc Jacobs could work in production, sales, design, public relations or information technology. Michael Kors also takes on interns in areas like design, sales, human resources, planning, merchandising, production, public relations and retail.

Many students complete unpaid internships, but is it fair to not compensate students for their work?

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