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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