The best internships for 2010

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

A career Web site has evaluated 785 U.S. internship programs and come up with a list of the very best of them all.

Capital Fellows Program

Sacramento, Calif.

Number of interns: 64

Pay: $1,972 a month; academic credit; health, dental and vision benefits

Length: 10 to 11 months (October through September)

Interns say: "Great opportunity to understand the way California is governed."

Garmin International

Olathe, Kan.

Number of interns: Summer: 50 (also offers fall and spring programs)

Pay: Paid; housing for non-local interns, health, dental and vision benefits, employee discount on Garmin products, accrual of paid time off, holiday pay

Length: 12 to 14 weeks for summer; six months fall and spring

Interns say: "Find yourself in the GPS business."

General Electric

Fairfield, Conn., and other locations

Number of interns: Annual: 2,300; summer: 1,800

Pay: Varies from $600 to $1,200 a week based on year in school; academic credit, housing and relocation assistance, free parking, accrued vacation time

Length: 10 to 12 weeks or four to six months

Interns say: "GE gives its interns all the tools they need to succeed."

Google

Mountain View, Calif., and other locations

Number of interns: Varies

Pay: Paid; competitive salary and an array of amenities including free gourmet food, massage therapy, gym, bike repair, dry cleaning, hair stylist, oil change and car wash.

Length: Three months

Interns say: "Enter the Googleplex."

Inroads

A nonprofit that trains minority college students and arranges internships with companies including Deloitte, Target, MetLife and Boeing.

Various cities

Number of interns: 3,000

Pay: $10 to $30 per hour and up; academic credit and housing may be available

Length: 10 to 12 weeks

Interns say: "Planting the seeds of diversity at top companies."

J. P. Morgan Investment Bank

New York and other locations

Number of interns: Summer: 350

Pay: Paid; competitive salary and incentive bonus, corporate discounts, discounts on gym memberships and cultural institutions, overtime meals, car service, BlackBerry for the summer, housing stipend, round-trip travel to internship location

Length: 9 to 10 weeks

Interns say: "Lots of talent, great management--Dimon is fantastic."

KPMG

New York and other locations

Number of interns: Summer: 1,000; winter: 450

Pay: Paid

Length: 8 to 10 weeks

Interns say: "Get real accounting experience--and go global with their Global Internship Program."

Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Burbank, Calif.

Number of interns: 30 each, fall, spring and summer

Pay: Unpaid; academic credit

Length: Two to four months, 16 to 30 hours a week, 2 to 3 days a week, spring, summer and fall semesters

Interns say: "Cartoons and kids!"

Smithsonian Institution

New York, Washington, D.C., and Panama

Number of interns: 1,300

Pay: Paid and unpaid

Length: 10 to 12 weeks

Interns say: "A great environment to learn more about museum education."

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Chicago

Number of interns: 39

Pay: Summer unpaid; academic credit. Apprenticeship paid; employee-funded limited benefits plan. Fellowship paid, housing and transportation stipend, medical benefits in the second year, free tickets and special events.

Length: Summer, three months; apprenticeship, nine months (September to May); fellowship, two years.

Interns say: "It has really launched me into the world of professional theater."