The Best Internship Programs to Jumpstart Your Career

by:  We Rise and Shine

Internships provide the best experience and training for honing your craft and laying the groundwork for your career path.  Whether you are an undergrad, graduate, MBA/Masters, PhD student or a recent graduate, the list below is a great starting point for acquiring the skills and relationships to forge a prosperous career.




Facebook is always looking for intelligent undergrad, graduate and PhD students from around the world to join our growing team.  This 12 week program, is rated as the #1 Internship program according to a Glassdoor survey.


When you work for eBay Inc., you become a part of a global company that includes eBay, PayPal, and eBay Enterprise. Interns and new hires are revolutionizing commerce by building apps, creating new platforms, and solving complex problems at a massive scale. Whether you are obtaining an undergraduate degree, MBA/Masters or PhD, Ebay has internship opportunities ranging from product marketing to hardware design.



OWN Internship Program

The OWN Internship Program is a 10-week paid and for-credit learning experience at the Oprah Winfrey Network television channel. Internships are for current undergraduate or graduate college students. Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year in college before applying. They must also have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. All interns must be able to work 15 hours or more per week and receive college credit for the internship. Interns receive hands-on training, challenging project work, and networking opportunities. Positions are available in both business and technical fields, including business, marketing, branding, legal, broadcast production, digital video and more.

Ellen Degeneres Show Internship

Ellen DeGeneres Show Internship opportunities are available in the Fall for students interested in being an intern on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The location is Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. Students must be 18 years old or older. Interns work in various departments that include audience, research, human interest, production, and web. They may assist with audience attendance, researching questions for guests appearing on the show or monitoring comments on the web. Students will gain hands-on experience from social media to production in the entertainment industry. Students from various backgrounds may apply.



White House Initiative’s Year-Round Internship Program For African Americans

The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education outcomes for African Americans. This is an unpaid internship working for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. This internship gives students an opportunity to learn about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This initiative was launched by President Obama in July of 2012 as an effort to improve educational opportunities for African American students and increase overall rates for students completing college.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships are available for college students pursuing undergraduate associates or bachelors degrees. The internships are designed to give students work experience in public policy and the government. Interns receive a stipend with their internship placement to offset personal expenses, and housing is provided. Three different internship programs are offered at different dates. They include CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship Program, CBCF Communications Internship Program and CBCF Congressional Internship. Each one has different requirements for eligibility and stipends may vary with each. Interns work 30 hours a week in their assigned position. In addition, they attend professional development seminars and lectures. Spring semester interns also are required to take 3 courses at George Washington University. Internships provide students a unique opportunity to work in the House or Senate with government leaders and other politicians.

Explore Microsoft Internship Program For Women and Minorities

Explore Microsoft Internship Program is for current college undergraduate minority students pursuing a degree in computer science or software engineering. Students may apply in their freshman or sophomore year of college. Women, minorities (African American, American Indian, Hispanic), and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The internship program is 12 weeks during the summer at Microsoft. This opportunity gives students first-hand experience in software development and exposure to the field of computer science, computer engineering, or related technical areas. Work includes hands-on projects as well as group projects. Students must be freshman or sophomores in order to apply. They must also have completed an Introduction to Computer Science course or similar class in addition to one semester of calculus by the time the program begins.



NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program is a unique cohort model and professional development focus that provides on-the-job learning experiences annually for 25 college graduates who express an interest in pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics administration. A year-long program based at the national office in Indianapolis, the NCAA postgraduate internship exposes participants to the inner workings of college sports from the national perspective, one they eventually share as full-time athletics administrators on campuses and conference offices. NCAA postgraduate interns are salaried with benefits and they receive comprehensive training, mentor assignments, networking opportunities throughout the internship. Additionally, postgraduate interns plan and execute professional development site visits –interns have traveled to conference offices, member campuses and affiliate organizations to further their knowledge of the collegiate sports industry and network with industry leaders.

Disney Professional Internships

Disney’s Co-op and Post Graduate Programs are available from January to June or July to December, all within a multitude of business areas, for those who have graduated from an accredited educational institution. Opportunities are available in the a variety of fields including: technology, finance, procurement, human resources, marketing, distribution, production, journalism and more.


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Youth Summer Programs You Should Know About

by:  We Rise and Shine

The summer is rapidly approaching and many parents have registered their children for summer camps and programs.  If you haven't already started the process, check out the below list of some reputable programs with cirriculums ranging from technology to performing arts.

Howard University Summer Enrichment Program

The Center of Excellence (COE) program, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, was established to assist designated health profession schools and other public and non-profit, or educational institutions strengthen the national capacity to produce a culturally competent healthcare workforce, whose diversity is representative of the U.S. population. The Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA) is one of the many support programs offered through the COE to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University. The HSSESA is a six-week residential summer enrichment science academy for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students. Twenty (20) High School students who demonstrate an interest in the sciences, a career in pharmacy or other health professions will be selected. The COE HSSESA selection process is competitive. In addition to demonstrated leadership skills, students must also have a high aptitude for science/mathematics and technology. Preference will be given to students who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The COE HSSESA is a five day academic schedule that exposes students to the pre-requisite classes that are required for a major in pharmacy or other health professions. The curriculum focuses on science related material and includes classes in Biology, Chemistry, Medical Terminology, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Career Exposure in clinical settings.

School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) Summer Intensives

Join the next generation of visual and performing artists at SOCAPA, the School of Creative and Performing Arts. With summer intensives ranging in length from one to six weeks, and campuses in New York, California and Vermont there's no excuse for not taking action. Since it was founded in 2001, SOCAPA has quickly become one of the premier visual and performing arts programs for young people, ages 13 to 18, in the world. Nowhere else will you find this level of creative intensity combined with this much fun. Whether you are acting in a film along Lake Champlain, dancing in a hip-hop video under the Brooklyn Bridge, or conducting a fashion shoot on Venice Beach, you're sure to have the experience of a lifetime!

iD Programming Academy at Emory University

The number #1 tech camp on the planet, with summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 prestigious campuses nationwide. At Emory University, the program offers three distinct co-ed programs: iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design & Development Academy for teens ages 13-18, and iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17.  Across all programs, you'll experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®.  iD Programming Academy is perfect for students with previous programming experience who are looking to take their coding skill to a new level. At our coding camp for teens, you’ll learn from elite faculty, build your portfolio, tour a major app development studio, meet new friends, and get a taste of the collegiate lifestyle.


Black Girls Code


Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow. 

Parsons Pre College Academy

Designed for students in grades 3 through 12, Parsons' Pre-College Academy meets on Saturday mornings during the school year in the fall and spring and for two weeks in August. Classes are organized by grade level for elementary, middle, and high school groups.  A wide selection of age-appropriate courses are offered, on subjects including animation, fashion, graphic design, interior design, drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, and portfolio development.

Youth For Understanding - Intercultural Exchange Program

A non-profit international educational organization with partners in more than 60 different countries, Youth For Understanding is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected intercultural exchange programs. More than 250,000 students and their host families have benefited from the support and expertise of YFU. The YFU global network is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. YFU USA helps provide opportunities for students by working in partnership with governments, corporations, foundations, schools and educators worldwide. YFU is the intercultural exchange program for you if you’re a U.S. high school student or recent graduate and want to experience another part of the world. Choose from a year, semester or summer program that allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, learn a new language and live with a host family who will open their home and hearts to you.

Modeling Camp

MODELING CAMP offers summer modeling camps and year round modeling workshops for girls ages 11 through 17! If you want to 'discover the model in you', or just experience the industry for a week - Modeling Camp is the place to get started! We offer modeling camps and workshops in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto. Don't miss your chance to learn to model from top industry professionals and to learn valuable life skills which will help you approach your life with confidence and style!


If you know of some outstanding programs that aren't listed above, please feel free to list them in the comment section!