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Guidelines Eased for Unpaid Internships

Could your Business Benefit from an Intern?

The U.S. Labor Department rolled out new guidelines for 2018 that make it easier for companies to hire unpaid interns.

Our highly structured, educational program has always met the strictest guidelines for both paid and unpaid internships. We have matched talented interns to startups and businesses for last fourteen years. Students are pre-screened, receive assistance with resume, interview prep and are supervised during their placements. Interns add value in many areas including research, social networking, marketing and more.

Read about the seven factors determine whether the internship can be unpaid

Boston Writing Internship

Leonard P. – W. Newton, MA
Salisbury School Salisbury, Connecticut

Leonard wrote for the literary journal of his school and was inspired by a well-known author of historical fiction who spoke to his class. Leonard thought it might be interesting to intern for an author during the summer.

We matched Leonard to a well-known writers group in Boston, where he helped out in the office and was able to attend seminars in their summer writing series. The Boston Phoenix described the group as “the best place to hobnob with the literati.” Leonard said,” I was exposed to workshops on fiction, poetry and screen writing. I learned about issues writers face and met some of Boston’s best writers. It was an amazing experience.

Boston Writing Internship

Camilla H. – Chestnut Hill, MA
Junior at the Winsor School

Camilla is the Editor of her school newspaper and spent the previous summer immersed in CITY term in New York where she enjoyed a literature course and honed her interviewing skills for writers and reporters. IC matched her to a nationally recognized program for writers in Boston. Founded by writers for writers, their goal is to help writers with all aspects of the writing life, from finding inspiration to marketing a finished work.

The program coordinator described Camilla’s experience. “Camilla was truly a fantastic intern. She had many responsibilities, including working in our library and organizing collections and writers’ resources. We were impressed by a very sophisticated brochure that she developed for our program, where she wrote an article about our teen writing program. She conducted extensive research and incorporated quotes from alumni by interviewing them on the phone. Additionally she participated in our Tenth Anniversary celebration by helping out with activities during and leading up to the event. We loved having such a wonderful young woman who was so mature and skilled beyond her years.”

Boston Theater Internship

Rachel K. – Winthrop, MA
Sophomore at New England College

Rachel turned to the Internship Connection after applying to several theatre internships on her own.

Rachel was placed in stage management at a very prestigious theatre in Boston, where she enjoyed the camaraderie of new friends. The producer-director was impressed with Rachel’s work ethic and Rachel will be utilizing the skills she learned when she resumes her role as stage manager at New England College’s Mainstage .

Boston Theatre & Communications Internship

Katie G. – Taipei, Taiwan
Junior at the Taipei American School

Katie’s interests include theatre and communications. With previous experiences in acting and directing, she was interested in a part-time internship in the States that would introduce her to marketing and public relations as well as leaving some time for college tours.

We arranged an internship for Katie that combined both of her interests. She was mentored by the Director of Marketing and Public Relations of a prestigious theatre in Boston. Katie told us that she gained insight into many aspects of running a theatre including corporate media sponsorship, advertising sales and community partnerships. She plans to apply to American liberal arts colleges as a theatre and communications major and will include her letter of recommendation from the Director in her college applications.

Television News Internship

Katharine – Lincoln, MA
Sophomore at Phillips Exeter

We matched Katharine’s interests in broadcast journalism to a wonderful female mentor, the Executive Director of a Cable Television station. Tamarah spoke highly of her intern, “Katharine has been extremely helpful to our station. She has edited news segments that we’ve put on the air, worked on studio shoots, and is producing a 30 minute documentary on the prevalence of eating disorders.”

Katharine spoke about her internship in a community newspaper article, “I was able to try everything from learning how to use the cameras, to editing to running the teleprompter during a live show. The great thing about working at a small station is you get so much hands-on experience.”

Boston Television Internship

Amanda K – Newton, MA
Senior at the Rivers School

Last summer, Amanda was placed in the news division of a cable television station, where she learned how to use the camera, helped to create sets for shoots and established shots in the field.

“I valued the independence and how much the station trusted me to go out on my own with a ten thousand dollar camera! Too often interns don’t get much responsibility. I wasn’t copying papers and getting coffee. I had an amazing experience and was able to learn about the communications field and what goes into being a successful journalist.”

The news director spoke highly of her, “Amanda seemed to be a perfect fit for our news team.”

Boston Television Internship

Nick B. – North Reading, MA
Austin Preparatory School

Nick, an Austin Prep junior, is learning the ropes of television production. Internship Connection established an internship for Nick that reflected his interests in television and his previous experiences in theater.

He has created a stellar marketing piece for a community theater group, while at the same time, he learned all facets of TV production- camera work, interviewing, filming, writing and editing. Nick plans to use his film as part of his college application to NYU’s Film School.

Nick is pictured with his mentor, an extraordinary educator and Executive Director of the station.

Boston Teaching Internship

Brittany S. – Sudbury, MA
Freshman at Skidmore College

When Brittany was in high school, she worked as a classroom assistant at Sudbury’s Children Learning Center. At Skidmore, she gained teaching exposure in Skidmore’s Early Childhood Center. Because Brittany was looking for additional classroom experience, the Internship Connection Director felt that since she already had suburban teaching experience, Brittany could benefit from exposure to an urban environment. Dr. Jabbawy established an internship at the King Open School in Cambridge where she had previously trained student teachers.

Brittany interned 3 days per week working in a classroom of 18 students, entering the first and second grades. On our visit Brittany explained, “We keep to a pretty basic schedule always starting with breakfast followed by free play and outdoor activities. The children are taking English classes and I’m reading books to them and helping them with their writing. I’ve been able to use my artistic skills to incorporate into classroom teaching. I created an art project that relates to their children on their field trips to Walden Pond and the Boston Aquarium.”

New York City Sports Marketing Internship

Max – Englewood, NJ
Dwight Englewood School

Max was very specific about his interest in sports marketing, an internship that is notoriously difficult to get. We placed him with the Director of Sports Marketing at a prestigious university where Max gained a tremendous amount of experience. Both Max and his mentor were extremely happy with his involvement. Now Max will be able to add this experience to his resume as he applies for future internships and jobs in this field.

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