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Internships are vital for any student thinking about their future, but choosing an internship can be tricky. They often range from the dull (think: picking up bagels for the morning meeting) to the downright exploitative (unpaid internships without college credit).
But have no fear, eager employee-in-the-making. With a bit of digging, you can find an internship that provides real work experience -- and a whole lot of fun. Read on for eight offbeat internships that make learning fun.
Each year, PwC sends 150 interns -- along with top execs from the company and even retired partners -- to Belize City, Belize, to teach financial literacy to nearly 1,500 students. Throughout the years, Project Belize has become one of the most competitive programs within the firm: Out of the thousands who apply, less than 400 are selected to participate.
For more information on the program, check out our editor-in-chief, Jen Boynton's, interview with PwC's Shannon Schuyler.
In Nike’s paid internship program, undergraduate and graduate students get a full immersion into the brand and company culture. They interact with company leaders while working on real projects in teams from practically every area of the company, including design, global communications, digital and technology, finance, and supply chain.
As an added perk, interns gain access to Nike’s world-class facilities and employee benefits, including product discounts. With opportunities across the globe, from the Nike World Headquarters, to Europe and China, students with a wanderlust can also use it as a chance to travel.
In this paid program, interns gain experience in staff supervision, as well as training, and they even get to experience what it's like on the other side of the interview table. Interns also receive college credit -- not to mention other perks like subsidized housing, exclusive events with company execs and free theme park access.
While the Institute offers internship opportunities in dozens of locations, competition is fierce, so be sure to sign up early.
Positions are scattered at national parks across the country, meaning no two experiences are alike. And all include plenty of time in the outdoors.
Interns in the Young Adult category receive housing and a weekly stipend. Applicants over 21 with relevant outdoor experience can also apply for a Field Leader position: short- and long-term paid roles leading youth or young adults in SCA conservation crews and projects.
They'll also have plenty of fun along the way, with beer tastings and special events. Interns also lead committees with a budget to help plan additional service, sports and social activities. Through the company's unique Brew Crew Intern Network, students can also network with MillerCoors employees at various levels across divisions.
Interns will learn about science, engineering, business, communications or education alongside real NASA employees and even take trips to enrich the experience. As you may expect, NASA's internships are highly competitive, so be sure to plan ahead.
Image credit: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mary Mazzoni, Senior Editor, has written for TriplePundit since 2013. She is also Managing Editor of CR Magazine and the Editor of 3p’s Sponsored Series. Mazzoni’s recent work can be found in Conscious Company, AlterNet and VICE’s Motherboard. She is based in Philadelphia.