Summer internships are designed to help young people gain measurable experience in a diverse range of professional and skilled industries. According to, more than 50 percent of their employers offer paid and unpaid internships. And the world of internships is changing all the time. During hard economic times, internships are even an option for full-time workers who have recently been laid off. These positions can expose you to a new career as well as open doors for paid, full-time work.

ere are some resources and tips to help you find the best summer internship.

Online Resources
The Internet offers a variety of summer internship web sites, including and You can even search traditional sites like to look for part-time positions at companies that offer training in your desired field. Be sure to research every potential internship carefully, paying close attention to the hours you will be expected to work and the responsibilities involved. It is also important to find out if there is room for advancement with the company, as many internships can eventually turn into long-term company jobs. Some large corporations even offer special positions for talented interns who qualify for management-track programs. Also check out industry-specific job search sites, which may list internships in your preferred field.

Use Your University Network
If you are enrolled in school or a recent graduate, your university can be a wonderful resource for summer internships. These counselors are hired to help students find work, so this is likely the most relevant resource for many people looking to find summer positions. In order to search through opportunities quickly and efficiently, be sure to know what type of company you want to work for, what location(s) you are looking for and whether or not you need to be paid. Knowing these criteria can help a counselor sort results for you to save time. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to find an ideal match for your skills and wants.

Local Internships
Many college students will return home during summer breaks to work at local companies is their fields of interest. You can ask former employers or family friends about internships that will help you learn over the summer. Some positions may even qualify for school credit if your university approves them beforehand, so be sure to check with your guidance department.

Even if the job is not set up as a formal internship, you can often gain more responsibility by talking to your employer about your desire to advance in a particular industry. Retail, food service, customer support and skilled trade jobs help you build your resume and experience over the summer, even if you can’t land an official internship.

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