An internship can be a great way to gain hands-on experience, make connections, and get your foot in the door of your chosen industry—provided you aren’t just fetching coffee and making copies.
Fortunately, the companies on this list offer amazing internship opportunities that will have you doing so much more than grunt work. They empower their interns to own their projects, pick up new skills, and forge their own paths.
Sound too good to be true? We assure you it’s not. Check out their available internships, submit your application, and prepare for a rewarding experience—no coffee runs required.
1. Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings is a family-owned, world-class company offering a total transportation solution, with more than 9,000 locations and more than 90,000 team members worldwide.
In an ideal world, an internship leads to a job. Enterprise Holdings understands this and focuses on making hires and promotions from within. In fact, many employees begin as interns in order to learn the basics of the business and then climb the ranks within the company. “My advice for someone who's coming into Enterprise? The sky's the limit,” says one of the company’s Assistant Managers, who started as an intern herself.
2. Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo’s historic bank has been serving communities since 1852—with clients in one in three households nationwide and 8,700 locations across 36 countries today. Wells Fargo—“Most Admired” among the world’s largest banks by Fortune magazine—offers an extensive portfolio of banking, mortgage, insurance, investment, consumer, and commercial expertise for every financial need.
When it comes to making the most of an internship at Wells Fargo, Vanessa Rodriguez, Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager, has some sound advice. “Be interested in the field you’re in, have intellectual curiosity around it, and let it propel you forward in your career,” she says. Those are words you should take to heart, as Vanessa got her start as a Wells Fargo intern herself.
Alcon pushes the boundaries of innovation in ophthalmology by investing as much effort in the future of vision as it does treating today’s conditions. In addition to pioneering solutions in the cataract space, the company also emphasizes making eye care accessible around the globe so everyone has the opportunity to receive great care they can feel—and see.
“Alcon does an exceptional job developing people within. That’s rare for such a large company,” says Jose Villarreal, Sr. BPA Analyst. He would know best, as he started as an intern himself. Jose joined Alcon’s Latin America team as a financial analyst intern after studying finance and accounting in Mexico. After learning firsthand how diverse the company was in its business objectives and employee makeup, Jose was ready to launch his career at Alcon full-time—and he’s only climbed higher since then.
4. Fetch Robotics
Fetch Robotics is the pioneer of on-demand automation. Its FetchCore Cloud Robotics Platform provides the only autonomous mobile robot, or AMR, solution that deploys in hours versus days or weeks and addresses multiple applications—including material handling and data collection—with a common, unified, cloud-based platform. Fetch Robotics offers turnkey and extensible systems that find, track, and move anything from parts to pallets in warehouses, factories, and distribution centers.
Fetch Robotics believes in building the future—not just with robots, but also with people. As a result, the company has a robust internship program for students who are eager to gain some valuable experience and learn from some of the brightest minds in the robotics industry. From mechanical or electrical engineering to robotics software, the company is currently looking for interns in a variety of disciplines.
5. Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is a trusted provider of essential news, information and tools to the professionals who make the world work. Customers of Thomson Reuters operate in complex arenas that move society forward – tax, law, compliance, government, and media. In a disruptive digital age, they help professionals reinvent themselves.
Thomson Reuters has no shortage of internship opportunities (seriously, there are hundreds posted all across the globe). What can you expect as a Thomson Reuters intern? Well, a lot. With a great culture and a relaxed work environment, the company prides itself on providing interns a full-package experience that ranges from fun networking events to mentorship opportunities.
6. USA TODAY NETWORK
USA TODAY NETWORK stands as one of the top 20 digital companies in the country with a loyal following of readers who value fact-based journalism, commitment to serve local communities, and innovative content delivery. The USA TODAY NETWORK doesn't just understand the different paths people take in life, they celebrate them. They empower communities to connect, act, and thrive. The NETWORK's goal is to be essential to consumers and marketers seeking meaningful connections with their communities. And the NETWORK's diverse voices, backgrounds, and specialties are fundamental to achieving it.
Sometimes there’s nothing like an internship to open your eyes to a career path that you had never even considered, and USA TODAY NETWORK takes pride in exposing interns to a variety of different opportunities. “I had no idea what my internship experience here would lead to. I never considered being a magazine designer, but I absolutely love it now,” explains Miranda Pellicano, who’s now a full-time Junior Designer with the company.
Health Care Service Corporation is the largest member-owned—and fourth largest overall—health insurer in the U.S., serving Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas as a licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield. A purpose-driven community of 22,000 employees serving over 15 million members, HCSC is devoted to a mission of improving lives, health, and care.
In terms of internship programs, HCSC packs a lot in. In addition to the challenging, real-world projects that interns can get their hands dirty with, there are also weekly networking opportunities among interns and company leaders, professional development workshops, Business Resource Group involvement, and plenty of volunteer activities. Even better, internships can translate into full-time roles!
8. BMW of North America, LLC
The BMW Group manufactures, distributes, markets, and sells first-class automobiles in dealerships across North America, including the distinguished Rolls-Royce and premium MINI Cooper brands—delivering sophisticated and thrilling driving experiences.
BMW encourages all employees to jump into the driver’s seat of their careers. And, that rule holds true for interns as well. With an internship at BMW, you’ll be able to roll up your sleeves, contribute ideas, and work on tasks that actually matter. You won’t just be helping out, either. The company anticipates that you will plan and execute projects independently.
9. BAE Systems
BAE Systems turns defense, aerospace, and security blueprints into tangible realities by partnering with government agencies and other forces in the industry. From delivering technology and cyber solutions to equipping the military with superior resources and optimizing aircraft and intelligence, BAE Systems tackles each project and delivers end results that transcend what previously seemed impossible.
BAE Systems really invests in its employees. From interns to managers, everybody is encouraged to tackle their own projects, add to their educations (BAE Systems helps to cover costs!), and continuously develop as professionals. The company is currently looking to fill a bunch of open intern spots, so there’s never been a better time to toss your hat into the ring!
Clearlink combines digital marketing and sales conversion services to add value to a brand’s customers by offering a holistic service approach. Established in 2003, Clearlink employs over 1,500 marketers, technologists, and sales professionals at three locations in Salt Lake City, UT, Orem, UT, and Scottsdale, AZ. Clearlink partners with some of the world's leading brands—including AT&T, CenturyLink, Travelers, Safeco, and DISH—to extend their reach and deepen customer insights.
If you’re looking for an internship opportunity that will seriously challenge you to advance your skills, you’ll love Clearlink. With tons of transparency and collaboration, you’re sure to learn a lot from the people you work with. The company also maintains a startup mentality in terms of idea-sharing and grooming individuals to eventually become experts. So, there’s no doubt that you’re going to have a particularly rewarding experience.
Medidata engineers analytic software that offers unrivaled therapy development expertise to pharmaceutical companies, biotech groups, medical device firms, academic medical centers, and contract research organizations around the world. With offices in the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, Medidata provides global opportunities for patients, physicians, and life science professionals to collaborate on projects that result in smarter, more precise treatment and care.
If you’re searching for a rewarding internship experience, look no further than Medidata. As a growing, fast-paced tech company, Medidata offers an engaging and intellectually stimulating work environment—for people at all levels. Even better? Medidata employees have seemingly endless opportunities to develop their skills and advance within the company.
TransUnion offers clients around the world complete credit protection, from credit alerts and reports to credit scores and more, all accessible from one easy-to-use platform.
TransUnion knows that its people are its greatest asset, so the company places a huge amount of emphasis on growth and learning—yes, even for interns. “Being in an environment where people are always encouraging and pushing each other is one of the coolest things about working at TransUnion,” says Mark Wilson, Digital Marketing Specialist.
13. Duo Security
Duo was founded with the belief that security can only be effective if it is easy to use. Through that vision, Duo has built a world-class security platform that strives to be intuitive for clients. Duo supports thousands of customers—like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Etsy, Toyota and Kayak—and millions of users in organizations. Duo holds a 98% Tech Validate score and one of the highest Net Promoter Scores of any product.
Duo Security fosters an environment where employees can pursue their own ideas about how to build a great business. The company prides itself on having an open, collaborative environment where a diverse group of people can come together to do their best work, learn together, and build memories—not a bad place for an internship!
14. Kendra Scott
Founded on family, fashion, and philanthropy, Kendra Scott believes that its employees and customers are the heart and soul of its brand and that giving back is the truest form of success. Kendra Scott's culture puts family first, constantly pushes the boundaries of fashion and design, and authentically values giving back and making a difference in the community. Those three pillars have become the foundation of its culture, and are what set the company apart. Kendra Scott offers an array of career opportunities at its Austin HQ as well as retail locations across the country.
Interns don’t need to worry about being treated as if they’re at the bottom of the ladder at Kendra Scott. The company’s close-knit culture is welcoming, and everyone—regardless of rank—is encouraged to contribute suggestions and grab the reins in their careers. “One of the things I measure my own success on is growing future leaders—and I have that opportunity to help others move up in this company,” shares Melanie Amua-Sekyi, Area Retail Manager.
HP aims to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. By engineering experiences that amaze, HP has a legacy of pushing the boundaries of technology to deliver life-enriching, world-changing innovations at every turn. The company believes that the ultimate driver of its success has been and will always be the power of its people—HP considers its diverse, inclusive global community of employees to be one of its greatest strengths and what truly differentiates it in the marketplace.
HP takes internships seriously. Instead of monotonous tasks (ugh, paper filing), HP’s internships offer a thoughtful balance of networking, executive speakers, community involvement, and big, meaty projects. The internship program is specifically designed to let students apply their classroom learnings to real world challenges.
After scoping out a brand’s ideal audience and creating messages to engage those customers, Epsilon helps connect with them for long-term business—with a sense of loyalty to match. The global marketing company factors in relevant data, technology solutions, and creative services to be an all-encompassing marketing shop that leads the way in successful modern marketing.
A constant influx of new challenges and opportunities make life at Epsilon speed by, and the team-oriented environment makes it a ride worth hopping on. The culture is all about getting things done as best as possible while having a good time along the way—which means employees are just as fun-centric as they are client-centric.
Quantcast is an advertising technology company and the creator of an innovative intelligent audience platform that empowers brands, agencies, and publishers to know and grow their audiences online. Their solutions are leveling the playing field for their customers when it comes to effectively reaching audiences online and helping them power a thriving free and open internet for everyone. Headquartered in San Francisco, Quantcast has been serving customers around the world since 2006.
The ultimate source for official answers about a business online should be the business itself. However, when consumers ask questions on company websites, too often they are left in the dark with wrong answers. Yext (NYSE: YEXT), the Search Experience Cloud, solves this problem by organizing a business's facts so it can provide official answers to consumer questions—wherever people search. Starting with the company website, then extending across search engines and voice assistants, businesses around the world trust Yext to radically improve the search experience on their websites and across the entire search ecosystem.
Squarespace empowers millions of people—from individuals and local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the world’s most iconic businesses—to share their stories and create an impactful, stylish, and easy-to-manage online presence. Squarespace’s team of more than 1,200 employees is headquartered in downtown New York City, with offices in Dublin, Portland, and Los Angeles. To learn more about their opportunities, click here.
20. Sir Kensington's
Sir Kensington’s is a new and quickly growing food company founded by those tired of tyranny. The company’s premium, all-natural ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard are served by some of the country’s leading restaurants, including The Spotted Pig, ABC Kitchen, Bareburger, The Smith, PJ Clarke’s, and many more. Sir Kensington’s is also sold in over 3,500 locations nationwide, including Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger.
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