The number of internships has increased over the last decade and remains one of the primary sources of talent recruitment for companies, according to a report by Michigan State University and the Collegiate Employment Research Institute.
Honestly, what business wouldn’t want to hire interns to do the same work as any other employee for next to nothing (also known as “college credit”) to train and recruit them early to work for them after graduation?
Despite the high number of available internships, some college students are still having trouble snagging that dream job this summer or that perfect internship for the fall.
But lucky for you all, we (with the help of Karen Gee-McAuley) have done the work for you by compiling six of the craziest internships you’ve never heard of.
1. Intern at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!
Intern selection at their Times Square location for their summer internship program in 2010 was based on whether the applicant was “weird enough” to work there.
Who wouldn’t want to work for a job that used the phrase “having fun” as three of the six listed job descriptions? Especially when you get to look at oddities like shrunken heads all day.
2. If you are a student at Villanova (or have some well-connected friends), you should take advantage of the Vatican internship.
This position is offered to students pursuing a degree in public relations or journalism. How many people get the chance to work on and write for the papal website? Especially when round-trip travel is covered for students taking part on the internship.
3. Be a funeral home intern.
It sounds a bit creepy, but if you are looking into fashion design, makeup artistry or just adding something that will stand out on your resume, this internship is definitely one to consider.
Some interns may have to sweep the floor or answer phones, but it is a true honor for interns to help prep the bodies for funerals (NOTE: This job is not for the faint-hearted).
4. Intern at a prison.
For those college students who are studying criminology and criminal justice or planning to go to the police academy, this internship may be a good stepping-stone.
According to the American Psychological Association, graduate students studying psychology may find working in the prison system to be “very rewarding.”
5. If you still have no clue what you want to do (or want to meet famous athletes), apply for Old Spice’s 2010 “ultimate internship.”
This is where a couple dudes were selected to “surf in Fiji” or “snowboard in Switzerland” with professional athletes while documenting your journey on social media. The contest was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but if you scour Craigslist long enough (or your school’s career website), you may find something just as awesome.
6. Work for Monster Energy.
(OK, so maybe you heard about this one already because of this story) This internship is more than shamelessly drinking their product at the library at 3 a.m. during your all-nighters. Two college students will be selected for their summer internship with a paycheck of $15,000 each, and with that much money you’ll never have to move back in with mom and dad.
All you have to do is submit a one-minute video on Facebook and you could be working alongside famous athletes or artists at The X-Games 18, the Vans Warped Tour 2012 and the Street League DC Pro Tour.
These internships may not be exactly what you are looking for, but who knows, maybe you will get you an internship simply by thinking outside the box. Take chances and happy hunting!
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