The CRAZIEST Internships (PHOTOS)
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This summer, hundreds of thousands of young adults will work as interns, and for good reason -- the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that students who intern are almost 12 percent more likely to receive job offers than students who don't (and they usually get offered a higher salary, too).
As more and more students turn to internships, there's a wider variety of positions to be had. Like to embalm bodies? There's a place for you. Want to hang out with the Pope? Apply at the Vatican. Yearning to get down with goats? Many farms are looking for college-age workers. Click through this slideshow to see the most bizarre -- and then share with us your plans for the summer.
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley's Believe It or Not museum <a href="http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/news/10-April/You-Weird-Enough-to-Work-Here.cfm" target="_hplink">just launched an internship program</a> at its Times Square location this summer. Prerequisites include "being weird" and liking to have fun. General Manager Michael Hirsch says, "if the idea of earning college credit in the world’s best tourism market while being surrounded by shrunken heads, a lock of Elvis’s hair, and 500 other amazing artifacts, look no further.”
Villanova University in Pennsylvania offers communications students the chance to work in close proximity to the pope through their <a href="http://www.villanova.edu/artsci/communication/resources/students/internships/vatican.htm" target="_hplink">Vatican Internship Experience.</a> Students can work on the Vatican's website, report for the Catholic News Service or assist with public relations surrounding papal celebrations. What's more, they're given private Italian lessons and housed in a four-star hotel in Rome. Oh, and meals are paid for too.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Ever dream of interning at a place surrounded by hot metal, fast cars and the smell of burnt rubber? You could work at the storied stadium where the Indy 500 takes place every year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (also known as the racing capital of the world). A <a href="http://blog.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/2010/05/19/the-diaries-of-an-ims-intern/" target="_hplink">previous intern</a> waxed nostalgic of his experience: <blockquote>Daily I enter statistics at my computer located in the media center overlooking the renowned yard of bricks (who could ask for a better location?) Press conferences featuring world famous drivers, such as Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti, happen just floors below me. On one particular day Danica Patrick was hanging out in my area for a conference call.</blockquote>
College Hunks Hauling Junk
Are you a hunky college dude with big muscles and nothing to use them on? Look no further then College Hunks Hauling Junk, a popular junk-removal company with locations across the country. The business doesn't just offer opportunities for physical labor, however, they also hire office apprentices as well, such as <a href="http://www.1800junkusa.com/aboutus-and-apply" target="_hplink">marketing interns</a>.
Jennifer Lopez Enterprises
If you can't find your dream job, you can always go work for Jennifer Lopez. Described as a multifaceted boutique production company, Jennifer Lopez Enterprises looks for Spanish-speaking <a href="http://www.barefootstudent.com/los_angeles/jobs/internship/jennifer_lopez__enterprises__21752" target="_hplink">"top-quality" interns</a> who are skilled with telephones.
Six Flags Amusement Park
Interning at Six Flags Amusement Park might feel like an everlasting vacation. But the major perk of a Six Flags gig? In a testament to the health of the theme-park industry, <a href="http://www.sixflagsjobs.com/america/jobs/Internships.aspx" target="_hplink">they <em>pay </em>their interns</a> for multiple positions, including ones in accounting, entertainment, safety, human resources and park services.
Metropolitan Transit Authority
New York City's public transportation outfit is rich with opportunities for <a href="http://www.mta.info/nyct/hr/projects.htm" target="_hplink">students across majors</a>. Those studying <a href="http://www.mta.info/nyct/hr/liberal_arts.htm" target="_hplink">liberal arts</a> can work in the Authority's research division; art history students can help in the <a href="http://www.mta.info/nyct/hr/education.htm" target="_hplink">archive</a> and technology departments.
Funeral home interns assist in various tasks involved in cleaning up bodies and prepping them for funerals. Apply here. http://www.funeraljobs.com/go/jobs/Jobs/Part%20Time/843
Some internships require you to get your hands dirty, such as the ones where you cattle and groom horses. <a href="http://www.greenchimneys.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=106" target="_hplink">Interns at Green Chimneys Farm</a> are required to be able to sublimate their needs for the needs of others -- both human and animal -- and work quickly and effectively in a "fast-paced, demanding environment."
The <a href="http://www.prisonfellowship.org/why-pf/inside-pf/employment-opportunities/291" target="_hplink">Prison Fellowship Progam</a> offers internships at, you guessed it, prisons. The positions are paid and offer legitimate experience in hospitality, research and development and information technology.
The White House
Monica Lewinsky jokes aside, the White House offers an array of positions for public-sector minded students who aren't afraid of fast-paced pressure. University of New Hampshire student <a href="http://www.timesherald.com/articles/2010/06/01/life/doc4c0291728728c649020683.txt" target="_hplink">Christine Katz spoke highly of her internship on Michelle Obama's staff</a>: "It has given me confidence to go out there and do not what everyone else thinks may be ‘right,’ but to strive for the things that I want to do in life.”