If we asked you to describe your last internship to us, we’re hoping that you wouldn’t tell us that it involved either; making milky cups of tea, sorting out the post, photocopying or working for free. But we’re realistic. In this country at least, we’re not exactly known for offering the best internships in the world, and unpaid monotonous positions are unfortunately, de rigeur. (FYI, we’ve discussed whether or not unpaid internships do more harm than good right here).
But if you do a little digging and dare to dream a little bigger… maybe – just maybe – you could bag yourself a dreamy position like the ones below. And some of these amazing placements are even in the UK!
Below, we’ve rounded up 8 of the best internships in the world to show you what else is on offer beyond the tea-making…
Professional Holiday Instagrammer
Earlier this year Royal Caribbean UK & Ireland ran a competition to find a “photographer, documentary maker and a storyteller” with “extensive knowledge of all 23 Instagram filters” to spend three weeks sailing the Ovation of the Seas (Beijing), Anthem of the Seas (New York) and Freedom of the Seas (Barcelona). The unbelievably lucky intern received £3000 in prize money and was responsible for sharing their cruise ship adventures with the world via social media. Applications for this (via Instagram, ofc) started in January 2017, so keep an eye out to see if they’re hiring again in the coming months.
Feel like brushing up on your, er, house-sitting skills? Well what if we told you there would be a cool £70k salary and your own home on a tropical Australian island thrown into the mix too? Yeah, we bet that sounds a little more appealing now. Basically back in 2009 one lucky Brit was hired by the Australian government who needed a caretaker for one of their beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Although this opp hasn’t been re-listed since, we reckon it will go down in history as one of the best internships ever.
Did you hear about the UK gin website who were searching for part-time ‘gintern’ to help them taste-test and travel the world in the process, earlier this year? Obviously they were flooded with over 5000 applicants because they were also paying a whopping £20,000 salary for the privilege. Sound perfect for you? Well you ofc need to be over 18 and have killer social media skills. Hopefully applications for a new ‘gintern’ will start again next year.
Paris Fashion Week Intern
OK, so because the fashion industry is super-competitive, we’re guessing that spaces for a Paris fashion week placement will disappear as fast as a model in a strong breeze. But that’s no reason not to apply, next summer, with Go Abroad. And you don’t need fluent French to work there either! Fantastique! (Sorry, we mean fantastic.)
In May 2016, Netflix was looking for a ‘grammaster’ intern in Europe to travel all over the world, record all the on-set action on its popular TV shows and films and document all of their time behind the scenes. They were so eager to hire, they were even paying £2,000 a week for your time and covering all living and travel costs. (We reckon this should be the legal standard for all UK internships). Fingers crossed the company repeats its crazy-good opportunity again soon because this sounded like one of the best internships in the world to us.
Ok, so you’ll need top grades at Uni and a proven interest in the financial sector, plus a rock-hard work ethic to beat that of all the full-time workers if you really want to impress. But if you have all that, then maybe a summer internship program at a big bank like Morgan Stanley could be for you. According to Glassdoor, they usually pay a whopping £2,800 for a few weeks’ work!
If gin isn’t your tipple of choice then there’s always World of Beer which hires professional drinkers to “live, drink and tell the tale to the world”. They were looking for someone outgoing, over 21 and social-media savvy earlier this year and obvs, loving beer was a prerequisite. Check out the site next year for details of another upcoming position
This sun-filled, beach-situated internship is unpaid, but it’s basically a holiday for biology lovers, so we can’t say fairer than that. Run by The Science Exchange, this is an epic research project like no other based in either Mexico, Honduras, the Caribbean or other parts of Latin America. It’s open to students from all over the world and is perfect for someone with a good knowledge of Portuguese and/or Spanish who also has a passion for turtle conversation. Of course sun, sea, snorkelling and saving the world beats transcribing in an office *any* day of the week.
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