How to Find a Paid Summer Internship

Paid internships are basically work-study programs that offer financial compensation. They may be more difficult to come by than traditional internships, which offer training and hands-on experience in exchange for labor. It is not unusual for students to seek internship opportunities during the summer, while they are on break from classes, or after completing an education program in order to get some work experience in their chosen fields before applying for jobs. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to work without pay and, for that reason, finding a paid internship may be the only realistic way to get much-needed industry experience while maintaining living expenses. Use these methods to find a paid summer internship.


  1. Image titled Find a Paid Summer Internship Step 1
    Assess your circumstances. Use your interests, experience, education and goals to find an internship suited for you. In addition to knowing the type of internship you are looking for, you should also have some clear ideas about what you hope to get out of the internship. For example, you may want to find an internship in marketing, and your goals may be to gain experience, establish industry contacts and put yourself in line for future employment within the company you intern for.
  2. Image titled Find a Paid Summer Internship Step 2
    Schedule an appointment with your school counselor. Whether you are in high school or college, your school's guidance counselor should be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to finding paid internships over the summer. Employers often list their internship opportunities with schools; as well, many schools offer their own internship programs.
  3. Image titled Find a Paid Summer Internship Step 3
    Spread the word. The people you know can be a great source for internship opportunities. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, teachers and acquaintances about the type of internship you are looking for, and ask if they know of any such openings.
  4. Image titled Find a Paid Summer Internship Step 4
    Inquire directly with organizations, companies and nonprofit groups that align with your internship goals. For example, if you are interested in serving a summer internship training under an architectural engineer, you may search the phone book and the Internet for architects and architectural firms in your area and ask if they offer paid internships to qualified students.
  5. Image titled Find a Paid Summer Internship Step 5
    Search Internet sources.
    • Websites like and allow you to plug in your specifics and conduct searches of available summer paid internships that might be right for you.
    • You may be able to find a summer internship in the free classifieds listings of sites like Craigslist.
    • Consider interning abroad. There are a multitude of summer internship opportunities available to those who are interested in going overseas, and websites like help you find them.


  • Start early in your search for an internship, as there are generally more students than there are opportunities, especially if you hope to find an internship that pays, and during the busy summer season.
  • Certain fields are more likely than others to offer paid internships. For example, you may have better luck finding this type of internship at a real estate or legal office than you would a government entity.


  • Be aware that paid internships don't necessarily offer conventional, hourly pay. They often offer their compensation in the form of a monthly stipend or a lump sum payment upon completion.

Article Info

Categories: Job Search for Youth | Internships