Keeping current on internship news

February 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Current events | Leave a comment

Susan Sandberg

As a career services professional, you’re aware of what’s happening in your own internship world, and you operate very well in that space.

But new angles pop up every day. Just as you advise your students to stay up on all the internship developments, you want to do the same.

Here are a few current items that may affect your students’ internship options:

  • Internships for students with disabilities: The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is excited to announce the investment of $600,000 from Walmart, with support from the Walmart Foundation, to support a significant expansion of AAPD’s internship opportunities in public service for students with disabilities. Working together over the next two years, AAPD and Walmart will build the new AAPD Summer Internship Program with opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and law students with all types of disabilities.
  • Internship auctions in England:  Senior PR professionals have criticised the Conservative Party for auctioning five internships, including a week at Bell Pottinger, to well-off supporters. The Mail on Sunday revealed that the £400-a-head Black And White Party (formally known as a ‘ball’) raised £14,000 auctioning the internships, provoking questions of privilege and access to jobs. According to the Mail, a one-week internship at Bell Pottinger, run by former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Lord Bell, went for £2,000.
  • Paid internships:  Kent State University is using a $500,000 donation to ramp up paid internships for undergraduate business students over the next five years. As many as 40 juniors and seniors each year could receive up to $4,000 apiece for a semester’s work through money provided by Walt Van Benthuysen, a 1961 graduate of KSU’s business school, and his wife, Judy. ”The goal is to increase the number of students who get business internships,” said Kristin Williams, who coordinates internships in KSU’s College of Business Administration.
  • Marvel Entertainment:   Marvel is seeking interns for all areas of its operations, including but not limited to editorial, art returns, production, digital media, human resources, brand assurance, creative services, and business development. Internships are unpaid, and college students must receive credit. Students should be prepared to travel to the New York City office (or the Manhattan Beach office for Marvel Studios, LLC) for an interview. To find out more information for your students, go to for the complete listing—one of over 42,000 internship listings for over 15,000 companies.
  • Answers Forum:  When you read the above items, you might want to know how your colleagues in other schools view these internship developments. provides a ready resource in Since your students are already using this resource, you might want to make it a regular part of your routine. As an Educator, you can ask questions to find out what other schools are doing or how your counterparts are solving similar problems. Questions can be directed to the following topics:  Searching / Applying / Preparing / General / After the Internship / / On the Job / Interviewing.

This post was written by Susan Sandberg. Find out more about Susan and the rest of our bloggers on our new About Us page.

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