& Volunteer Opportunities
Many of the sites tagged --New Grad/Entry-Level-- on our page for Job Lead Banks & Recruiters will have internship listings. In addition, sources listing internships in one particular industry or field have been included with those listings, so be sure to check our many Job Listings.
- Academy of Internships Abroad
- ...provides internships for graduates and young professionals with responsible organizations across the globe. "We provide you the opportunity to gain practical work experience, while developing professional contacts and learning to navigate the working style of another culture." They have offices in the UK, the US (Boston), and Australia, and offer placements in several cities around the world. Yes, there are fees involved with this service, but the quality of the opportunities I am seeing does make me believe they are worth the investment. The only limiting requirement I see is that you must be proficient in English, even if it is not your native language.
- Ayn Rand Institute Internship Program
- "Are you a college student with an excellent academic record who takes ideas seriously? Are you interested in studying Objectivism and intending to pursue an intellectual career? ARI's unique work-study Internship Program offers students a chance to spend a summer studying Objectivism under the guidance of professional Objectivist intellectuals while working at the Ayn Rand Institute."
- Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
- "Our mission is to transform the fields of oceanography, marine science, and ocean health through a blend of cutting edge research, comprehensive educational experiences and a commitment to share our knowledge internationally." Under "Education" you'll find information on internship/volunteer opportunities available along with scholarships for summer study programs (citizens of Canada, UK, and developing countries have special scholarship opportunities).
- Established by 2 Dartmouth grads, CollegeJobConnect offers college students the opportunity to connect with companies across the US to learn about jobs and internships. The site is free for students and allows you to register a resume, review employer profiles, and even look at current opportunities they have listed. You will need to register in order to apply for a position or "follow" a company, but again, that is free.
- It is difficult to get started in creative fields, so this website was designed to help colleges, businesses, and students connect for the purpose of showcasing young talent and helping that talent gain experience. "The CreativeInterns community includes but is not limited to creative professionals, businesses and educational institutions within the following industries: Advertising, Animation, Architecture, Artists, Audio Production, Editing, Event Production, Fashion Design, Film and Video Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Landscape Design, Marketing, Multimedia, Photography, Programming, Public Relations, Social Media, Special FX, Web Design and Writing." You can look around without registering, but if you see an internship or entry-level job that interests you, you will need to create an account in order to apply. Information on the company, its founders/officers, and the contact information is under the FAQs.
- Dream Careers
- Formerly known as University of Dreams, Inc., Dream Careers offers internship programs in several US and International locations that span numerous industries. Like many well-run programs that offer internships with college credit, there is a fee for these internships, but that fee includes housing, meals, transportation, and much more to support you in your program as well as make sure you have the group support you need from other interns (all of this varies by specific program, as does the cost). It is not cheap, but many participants had terrific opportunities and comment that this gave them what they needed to enter the workforce two steps ahead.
- ... operates career services websites for over 3800 colleges and universities across the US. While much of the visible content is targeted to college students and recent grads, they do offer a portal targeted to alumni. You must register to gain access, which is only granted if your alma mater is a member. If it is, then as far as I can tell services here are free.
- Federal Internships from the Washington DC JobSource
- ...links to the internship opportunities available in each agency or department including a list of links to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and internships offered in their offices.
- Internship Links, California Polytechnic State University
- Developed by the Career Services Center at CalPoly, this lists links to internship opportunities in Agriculture & Environment, Arts, Business & Economics, Communication & Media, Experiential Education, Government & Washington DC, History &Museum, International, Nonprofit, Recreation & Sports & Fitness, Science & Math & Engineering, and General Internships. They also have some links to sources for summer jobs and an article on how to land your dream internship.
- College Grad.com Internships
- ...perform a quick keyword search or use the Advanced search feature to limit yourself to a specific location, industry focus, or other criteria. While you are here, check out CollegeGrad.com's list of Top Intern Employers for 2008. This list is the result of a survey done by CollegeGrad.com and is ranked according to the number of interns the employer expects to hire. Click on an employer's name to a quick description of the company and links to its website, careers page, college page, and internship page. Great resource from this great site.
- Capital Fellows Program
- Operated by the Center for California Studies, this program offers 64 fellowships in various positions in the state government of California. "Fellows in each program work for 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $1972 and are considered employees of CSUS. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at CSUS and receive 12 graduate credits from the CSUS Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program." To be eligible, you must have a degree from a 4-year college and be a US citizen or permanent resident or hold a valid work visa. This is a yearly program with all applications due in February.
- "...a non-profit experiential education program that offers young people (18-24) the opportunity to explore their developing interests and strengths outside the classroom before facing the high-stakes, hyper-competitive and economically decisive commitment to an academic institution or professional apprenticeship." Not only are you working in an internship program, you are also learning independence and earning college credit (if you want). No, this is not a free program, but having worked with college students for over 13 years, I think many could have benefitted from a "gap year" program of this type. Elect to go to Santa Rosa, CA, or my former home of Worcester, MA (nice place. You'll like it there.)
- Foundation for Sustainable Development
- "FSD is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to support underserved communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We provide human and financial resources to more than 200 community-based organizations to build capacity and collaboratively implement solutions that address Microfinance, Health, Environment/Appropriate Technology, Youth and Education, Women's Empowerment, Human Rights, and Community Development." The Foundation offers internships as well as overseas volunteer opportunities. To support interns upon their return, they've created a wonderful Job Resource Center with information on resume preparation, job search techniques, fellowship listings, links to organizations who offer jobs that build on your experience with FSD, and much more. They also have some marvelous Re-entry Resources with free downloadable guides to help you and your friends and family understand what you experienced and how to deal with the potential "reverse culture shock".
- ....based in Amsterdam, Globalplacement offers listings of internships around the world plus the opportunity for you to post a CV and have it found by organizations looking for interns. You can search the database and see brief listings of the internships, but you must register and create a profile in order to view the full information on any internship. I cannot find any mention of a fee for interns. At the bottom of the front page you will see links to information on creating application letters, CVs and much more. These are good articles to review.
- Google Policy Fellowships
- The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, and Toronto or Ottawa, ON, Canada.
- Go! Overseas
- Started by Frank C. Carr back in 1970, INROADS works "to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership." To do this, they help to place talented diversity youth in internships in some of the top companies and organizations in the US.
- ..."a global database of internships and entry-level positions for students, recent graduates and career changers." Very good source of very good positions! To use the site's "Apply Now" feature you will need to register and create a resume (free), but most of the listings had contact information for the employers. ResortJobs.com is part of the AboutJobs network, and creating an account here also creates them for the other sites in this network. You can sign up for the free AboutJobs eNewsletter without creating an account. This includes career news, job hunting tips, site announcements, and links to new employment listings posted in their databases. Check the Articles / Advice section for a collection of very good articles on career choices, "Following Your Bliss", Teen work permits, and International employment advice.
- ...a free site matching students with internship opportunities across the US. They do have a large number of nonprofits sitting next to your Fortune 500s, so it is a great way to find just what fits for you. Not all of the internships posted here require you to apply through this system. They tag important details like does it pay, it is a nonprofit, when is this available (a lot are immediate), and is it a direct application. However, reading through everything I would say go ahead and register. It looks terrific, and it is free. Please note: The phone number is Seattle, WA, but the mailing address is a shared office space in San Francisco. This is okay. The founders are all Seattle-based. They have been getting some nice start-up funding too from various high-level and highly reliable sources (like the founders of NetFlix).
- Intrax Career Development
- As an official sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State to administer the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa program, Intrax serves as the liaison between international participants and U.S. host companies, providing support and assistance with the documentation needed to obtain the J-1 visa. They do not find you an internship in the US, they assist you with the visas necessary for you to enter the country legally once you have your internship offer. This is not a free service, but they do offer free advice on how to find U.S. internships and how to prepare a resume and cover letter according to US practices. They also explain the J-1 visa application process and their role in assisting you. Their corporate offices are in San Francisco, CA, but they have several European offices for ease of contact.
- REEI Career Resources: The Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University at Bloomington.
- ...links to lists of web sites of companies and organizations that frequently hire in the Russian and East European fields, divided by sector to help you better focus your job search. Job sites in Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Russian and Bulgarian are also included, and you should not overlook the Career Night handout with its list of resources.
- Monster College (was MonsterTrak)
- Before it was MonsterTrak, it was JobTrak. Monster is integrating this source for internships and entry-level opportunities into its main services, so you no longer need the information from your alma mater to access it. You will need to create a Monster account to post your resume and save searches.
- One Day, One Internship
- ..."the insider's guide to unique and exciting internship opportunities for college students. Immerse yourself in our employer profiles and discover how you can become a smarter internship searcher." Like the extremely useful One Day, One Job, this site blogs about internship opportunities with various employers. Yes, they link to those opportunities, but the real value here is the discussion of what you can expect and what kinds of internships are available from each employer. It's a new site, but already valuable.
- Royal Canadian Institute of International Studies
- ...a school where non-English speaking persons can study business English, but they also offer internships in a variety of business settings to allow students to improve their English usage through actual implementation. I do not see any discussion of the fees for this program, so contact them directly to discuss this. The website is available in English / Korean / Chinese/ Spanish / Japanese.
- SEO: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
- ..."a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1963 as one of New York City's first mentoring programs for high school students of color." SEO is an educational not for profit that offers internships to college students of Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American decent. The purpose of the Career Program is to place talented students of color in premiere summer internships that can lead to full-time job offers. To be eligible, you must be in your second-year (sophomores), third-year (juniors) or final-year (seniors) of undergraduate studies. US citizens studying abroad or F-1 students studying in the US are eligible to participate in the SEO program. Your GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Admissions are on a rolling basis with the annual deadlines of Nov 1st, Dec 15th and Jan 22nd. An earlier application is better.
- The Student Conservation Association
- "SCA is a nationwide conservation force of college and high school volunteers who protect and restore America's parks, forests, and other public lands." High school students can volunteer with the SCA, and students over the age of 18 can apply for internships and jobs with the association. "SCA offers 3-to-12 month, expense-paid internship opportunities in all 50 states, in more than 50 professional fields with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and state and local agencies, among others." At a Weed Warrior meeting I saw a great presentation by an exotic plant management specialist with the US National Park Service, and she emphasized how the SCA interns and volunteers were utilized in this effort.
- StudentJob (USA)
- ...a source for full time, part-time and seasonal jobs and internships. At this time it is limited to New York City. All visitors can search the listings and review the full announcements, but you will need to create an account (free) to submit applications. This is one of the many many national StudentJob sites (UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, and France) are operated by StudentJob, based in Amsterdam.
- Urban Employ Network
- This is a source for internships and jobs in several major cities across the United States. To see the full list of regions, select "Regions" on the top left of the page. Visitors can view basic data on the actual job postings without registering, but to see full data and apply for the opportunities you must register and upload a resume (free). You only need to do this on one site as it will copy to the others in the network, but you must search each city's site separately. This site partners with IdeaList.org to stream relevant nonprofit positions, but they also have many direct postings. They do offer some premium resources for a fee, but these are not really necessary. You should be able to register on one site and use all, but at the time of review that didn't quite work. Might take a few hours for the info to be spread over the network.
- ...source for internships in all 50 states plus DC. You can search the full database from the front page or select a particular local site (Interships By States). All users can search the site and view information on the internship opportunities, but you must register (free) and upload a resume (free) in order to apply for any that interest you. For a moderate one-time fee, you will be able to contact the employing organization directly instead of being directed into their "notice" feed, get more information on the internship and the organization, set up a free Text Alert to let you know if an employer wants to speak with you, and adds you to the sites "Alumni" database after graduation. USAIntern is based in Pennsauken, NJ.
- Washington Internship Institute
- ... a project of the Institute for Experiential Learning, this is a Washington-based program designed to provide substantive internship experiences through numerous programs, all of which are based in Washington D.C.
- White House Fellowships
- ...spans multiple fields and provides gifted young Americans firsthand experience in the process of government, either in the Office of the President or in one of the cabinet-level agencies. You'll find information about applying here.
- Council on International Education Exchange
- ...if you are considering international studies or internships, you may want to check out the programs and services offered by this organization. They offer information on summer employment and internship opportunities throughout the world, including listings of opportunities you can search, and they will help you with the legal paperwork necessary to get the proper work documents. There is a fee for participating in their programs, but the support they provide you is worth every cent.
- Based in Sweden, Educations.com offers students all around the world the opportunity to connect to educational opportunities and students around the world. "Educations.com's main objective is to provide those seeking advice regarding higher education abroad with the information they require in an accessible, fast and straightforward way. The core of the website is its unique search engine function, where you can browse programs and schools categorized by subject, country and/or keyword. Our ambition is to assemble all higher education in one place, ranging from bachelor's and master's degrees, to specialized education and language courses." The site is huge and has a lot to offer but may take some searching to get to what you really want. There is a lot you can do without registering, but some areas and services will require you register (free).
- International Opportunities Program – Non-Study Opportunities
- ...this list has been put together by the Center for International Education at the University of California, Irvine. It links to opportunities for non-study international experience abroad situations. The specific situations are divided into five categories – work, volunteer, internship, research, and teaching – and each lists web sites you can visit as well as some of the better-known programs offering opportunities.
- ... filled with information geared to college students, but it covers almost anything you might want to find out about going overseas. Search for internships, volunteer opportunities, teaching opportunities, study opportunities, travel information, and much more. The site has featured programs under each area but below that offers a full directory search starting with a target country.
- ...provides links and contact information for thousands of opportunities in dozens of countries. Search by country, or use the menu for language programs, internships, or summer jobs. Consult the “StudyAbroad.com Handbook” for tips on living abroad, including the section on “Before You Leave Home.” Contact the specific sites for more information about their programs.
- About Trades from Apprenticesearch.com
- This Canadian site for employers and apprentices includes a list of trades that have apprenticeships. In addition to info on wages, prospects and working conditions, each trade includes a small self-assessment to determine if the trade would be a good fit. It's a great way for job seekers to begin researching skilled trades. Non-Canadian users will find valuable information here, but should then switch to a local site like the OOH (U.S.) for wage and specific training requirements.
- The Job Corps
- The nation's largest residential education and training program for disadvantaged youth with over 100 centers in the US and Puerto Rico.
- Apprenticeships – They are Alive and Well and Right in Your Backyard
- "Once upon a time the only way to learn a trade was through an apprenticeship. [...] Although things may have evolved somewhat between the Middle Ages and now, some jobs are still taught through apprenticeship. The logic behind this is that many jobs can't be taught by an instructor, with a PowerPoint presentation his or her only tool. Hands-on with some professions is truly the only way to learn everything there is to know about it. If you are considering an apprenticeship, be it in the US or globally and you aren't convinced that it can still be of value to you, here are some links that might prove them to be." This page links to numerous apprenticeship programs across the US, and includes a few professions that you can take with you anywhere in the world.
How to Find Registered Apprenticeship Programs in the US
Registered Apprenticeship program have trained millions of qualified individuals for lifelong careers since 1937. These programs provide structured, on-the-job learning for over 1000 career areas in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, as well as new emerging industries such as health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications and more.
My Next Move, created by the National Center for O*Net Development for the USDOL Employment and Training Administration, lists career fields with Registered Apprenticeship programs and links to information on those programs. This is probably the easiest way to find the data you need. If you are unsure of what program interests you, click on the "Interests" button at the top right of the screen to use their Interest Profiler to help you make some decisions.
The Federal Office of Apprenticeship within the US Employment and Training Administration has a presence in almost all 50 states plus many territories, and interested persons can contact the relevant state or responsible regional office for information on programs available in his or her state of residence.
DOL/ETA Regional Offices of Apprenticeship - www.doleta.gov/oa/regdirlist.cfm
DOL/ETA State Offices of Apprenticeship - www.doleta.gov/OA/stateoffices.cfm
Many states offer their own Registered Apprenticeship programs, with much more specific information and documents for interested individuals.
Links to State Apprenticeship Agencies Websites - www.doleta.gov/OA/sainformation.cfm
Contact information for State Apprenticeship Agencies - www.doleta.gov/oa/stateagencies.cfm
It is also possible to search the Office of Apprenticeship Sponsors Website for a list of apprenticeship program sponsors recognized and registered by the Office of Apprenticeship or a State Registration Agency (oa.doleta.gov/eta_default.cfm). Your search result will display the official name of the program sponsor along with street address, city, and state. The database does not indicate if the program is currently accepting applicants, but is a good way for individuals to begin a search. Finally, search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing can also be used to find programs by searching on the words "apprentice", "apprenticeship", or "registered apprenticeship" plus additional terms describing the program that interests you, such as "sheet metal" or "metalworker", or the state in which you live.
Many unions also offer apprenticeship and training programs.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience or just try something that interests you. Some volunteer organizations will pay you a small stipend for joining up, but you earn so much more by giving of yourself to those who need help.
- The Corporation for National and Community Service
- Established in 1993, the Corporation for National & Community Service engages more than a million Americans each year in service to their communities—helping to solve community problems. The Corporation's three major service initiatives are AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps. The Corporation offers its own opportunities for fellowships and internships in its offices across the United States, and anyone interested in any of the AmeriCorps programs can learn about these programs and apply for any through that section of the website.
- Do Something
- ... a not-for-profit internet company that believes young people have the power to make a difference. Their website functions as “a place to connect, a place to be inspired, be supported, be celebrated. The only question is, "What's your something?" You can easily and quickly search for volunteer opportunities within a certain distance of your zip code or review the list of Projects, Causes, and available Grants, and get involved!
- Juara Turtle Project
- Located in the tiny fishing village of Juara, on the East coast of Tioman Island, Malaysia, the Juara Turtle Project is an environmental conservation project which aims to rejuvenate the Sea Turtle population of Tioman Island in the most natural way. JTP relies upon volunteers both physically and financially to further the project and offers year round volunteer programs, where you are able to work directly with our conservation and gardening programs. You can learn about the program, check out photos, and watch their YouTube video about the project. If you like it and are adventurous (or already heading that way), contact them about volunteering short-term or long-term.
- Peace Corps
- The hardest job you'll ever love! You'll find background information on the organization and access to a transition service for RPCVs (returned Peace Corps volunteers) at this site provided by the Peace Corps. Check out the database for current positions, and then send in your application using the guidelines outlined on the web page. The College Students Guide lists opportunities in the Masters International Program
- ...begun in 1992, this organization has sent over 14,000 volunteers to work in several countries on numerous service projects. As with most groups of this type, there is a fee for you to volunteer, but that fee covers all of your expenses while you are on the project. They have numerous opportunities calling for volunteers in many areas of expertise.
- Taproot Foundation
- "Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. Our mission is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change." They concentrate their efforts in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, and the San Francisco Bay area. Highly qualified professionals who have skills and services to offer to nonprofit organizations are welcome to submit an application to Taproot. Please note that you must attend a mandatory in-perfom meeting, so at this time they are limiting their consulting pool to persons within one hour of their target locations.
- Teach for America
- Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization that recruits primarily recent college graduates of all academic majors to teach for two years in an under-resourced urban or rural public school. However, applicants at all age and experience levels are welcome. If you've ever considered the idea of teaching others what you have learned, you might want to look more closely at this opportunity. Certification not required.
- United Planet
- An international nonprofit organization that arranges short and long-term volunteer opportunities in numerous programs and numerous countries around the world. This is a great way to spend a gap-year between high school and college, or even between a BS and MS. Yes, there are fees involved in your participation, but these go to assist with your pre-departure preparation, accommodations on-site, insurance, and other necessary services to ensure your safety. Contact them for more information.
- ...looking for something to do with your time and talent that can benefit your community and you? Plug in your zip code, choose how far you can travel, when you can start, and whether you want a one-time or ongoing opportunity, and find a list of organizations who need you. Each listings includes a profile of the organization plus a list of all activities associated with them. You can even "Express interest in this activity" right online by simply filling out the form which will then be forwarded to the organization. Service is provided by Impact Online.