NEW YORK (MainStreet) Looking for an internship where coffee fetching, xeroxing and running mundane tasks aren't in the job description? We can help. After doing our research, we've compiled a list of five internship opportunities that are among the coolest in the country. Read on for the details on each, including job responsibilities, eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Southwest Airlines NoLimits Internship Program
From flight operating engineering to aviation technical writing, Southwest Airlines offers a variety of exciting internships for full-time college students in the spring, summer and fall semesters. All internships are paid and are based in Southwest's headquarters in Dallas. Interns also get some pretty awesome perks, including eligibility for free, unlimited space-available travel to anywhere that Southwest flies and the chance to attend career development classes and events during the workday.
Internship opportunities vary by semester and may include such areas of study as accounting, aeronautical/aerospace engineering, communications, finance, marketing, public relations and statistics. Although the spring/summer 2014 application period is closed, students can currently apply for fall 2014 internship positions.
Cosmopolitan Magazine's Internship Program
If you dream of pursuing a successful career in the magazine industry, you might want to apply for an internship at one of the hottest women's magazines on the newsstands. Cosmopolitan hires interns in the winter, spring, summer and fall semester in the articles, web, fashion, beauty, art, photo and books departments. Based in Cosmo's Manhattan office, internships are unpaid and are only open to undergraduate students who are eligible to receive college credit.
Intern responsibilities include assisting editors with research and reporting, transcribing interviews, compiling stories, calling in products, brainstorming ideas and providing administrative support to staffers. Previous magazine experience isn't required, though Cosmo does like to see that you've been involved with websites, blogs and/or school publications on your resume.
Although the summer 2014 application deadline has passed, you can still apply for the fall 2014 semester through June 20.
Nickelodeon Animation Studio Internship Program
Students who are looking to launch a career in children's entertainment can compete for a spot to work as a "Nicktern" at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. Internships are offered in departments such as Animation Production (2D/CG), Post Production, Casting for Animation and Human Resources/Recruiting/College Relations. College juniors and seniors can apply, though some departments will also accept graduate students and law school students.
Internships are paid at a standard competitive hourly rate and students must be available for a minimum of ten weeks and must be able to work a minimum of two full workdays per week. The summer semester deadline is April 1, the fall semester deadline is Aug. 1 and the spring semester deadline is Nov. 1.
CMT's Internship Program
Country Music Television (CMT), the famous 24-hour country music network, offers internships in Nashville that are designed to offer students an opportunity to gain insight into the television industry. Internships, which are fast-paced and expose students to all levels of the organization, are only available to college students who have reached their junior year or higher and who are willing to commit to a schedule of ten consecutive weeks and a minimum of 16 hours per week. Internships are available in departments such as digital media for CMT.com, corporate communications/public relations, finance, music and media licensing, social media marketing and talent relations.
Although the summer 2014 application deadline is closed, students can apply for the fall 2014 program through June 30.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Internship Program
College students, graduate students and recent college grads who are interested in careers in art museums can apply for an internship at the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. You don't have to be an art history major to be considered just be sure to list coursework and experience that is relevant to the department to which you are applying on your resume.
Internships are offered in the Met's five departments curatorial, education, conservation, administration or library and interns can gain practical museum experience as well as professional workplace and organizational skills.
Although the deadline has passed for paid and unpaid positions for summer 2014, you can still apply for unpaid fall internships through July 17, which are offered in the Met's main building and require you to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least ten weeks.
--Written by Kristin Colella for MainStreet