The job market sure isn't what it used to be. Entry-level positions (read: internships) are usually grossly underpaid — if they're even paid at all — and likely involve menial, day-to-day tasks. Like it or not, it's the new career totem pole, and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
But it isn't all bad. If you're a student or soon-to-be graduate looking for a more unique internship opportunity, check out our list of cool positions below.
It may not sound like the most flattering position, but BP's internships offer extremely hands-on opportunities to help develop pipelines and brainstorm new ways to harness energy with some of the brightest minds in the field.
In the more than 20 locations around the world where BP offices are located, interns are given fully-furnished housing, plus additional niceties such as movie preview tickets and free lunch-and-learn sessions.
According to a Forbes report, they're very well-paid positions, and more than 50% of all interns end up with permanent job offers.
2. American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is famous for a lot of reasons — you'll probably recognize it first and foremost as the setting of the 2006 film Night at the Museum.
The institution also offers a variety of science- and anthropology-related internships for undergraduate and graduate students, through which interns work on projects and exhibit research with the museum's curatorial staff.
Most of the internship program focuses on North American and South American archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and biological anthropology. If any of these fits your area of study, it's a great chance to go all out on relevant projects that will ultimately become public. Plus, you never know when you might run into Neil Degrasse Tyson.
Internships are either unpaid or for school credit.
3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show
There isn't much description under the internship listing for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. All it asks for is a 150-word "personal story," plus any other photos or media you might think applicable.
But it's Ellen, after all — we're sure the internship comes with its share of surprises.
If you're an aspiring comic book artist, or just a fan in general, the Marvel internship program gives you the chance to put your nerd skills to the ultimate test.
The postings are unpaid, and only for students, but tasks include helping with the editorial process of comic book production — from art to layout to script writing. If you're looking for your childhood "Earthworm Man" to finally catch his big break, this is your time to shine.
5. Tenuta di Spannochia
There's no bad day that a chilled glass of fermented grapes can't cure. At the Tenuta di Spannochia organic farm and vineyard in Tuscany, interns spend the summer helping maintain the grounds, which includes herding sheep and pruning trees.
Perks include archaeological dig field trips, cheese-heavy lunches and, of course, wine tasting.
These are only a few intriguing opportunities we tracked down. Are there any cool internships we forgot to include? Drop us links to your favorites in the comments below.
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