5 Coolest Internships
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Many college students line up an internship for the upcoming summer or fall. Finding good internship opportunities - not to mention sending out all the necessary paperwork - can seem like a full-time job. All that hard work can pay off if you land one of these coveted slots. This is especially true these days because college grads need a killer resume to secure a good job. There's no single "best" internship that's right for everyone, as each student's situation and interests are different. Here are five of the coolest or most unique internships we could find.

ESPN

If you get up early every morning to watch "Mike & Mike" or consider the NFL draft a national holiday, this is your dream gig. You must be able to work 30-40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Most opportunities are in Bristol, Conn. or New York City. This is a paid gig, and subsidized housing may be provided. The company has opportunities in a variety of departments including accounting, editorial, marketing and production.

FBI

The FBI has several internship programs, with most opportunities based in or near Washington, D.C. The FBI especially likes applicants who are criminal justice or science majors and are fluent in foreign languages. Positions include paid transportation and room and board.

Facebook

You probably already spend lots of time on Facebook, so you may as well earn college credit for it. Most of Facebook's paid internship opportunities are in the IT/software departments. Offices have lots of fun perks like free snacks, and the company promises you'll do more than fetch coffee and make copies.

NASA

The space agency uses interns in several departments/locations, including its History Division in Washington. D.C., where interns help with tasks like editing historical manuscripts, creating web pages and doing research.

Nike

Most opportunities are based in Nike's Beaverton, Ore. headquarters, but there are some additional openings in its other locations worldwide. The positions are paid, plus you get access to its top-notch athletic facilities and employee discounts.

Conclusion

You may have to invest a little time and effort to pursue one of these elite internships, but if you land the gig, you'll have a big advantage over your fellow grads when your job search begins.


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