The Intern Queen’s Blog has Moved !

8 04 2009



Los Angeles, CA – April 6th – Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen”, officially launches her website,, to help students search and apply for FREE internship listings at over 400 hard-to-reach companies like Marvel, Nascar, MovieLine, Universal Pictures Group, NBC, Seventeen Magazine, etc.  Berger’s internship listings have attracted over 20,000 students from around the world each month., (, provides students with an internship expert. They no longer need to email their resumes to automated websites. They can reach out and personally ask The Intern Queen their questions and send her their resumes directly. This gives the user a more personal experience. Finding an internship can be a very challenging task, The Intern Queen makes students feel like they have someone on their side.

The site features tons of original content:

·         How to Get an Internship in Entertainment,

·         Internships Change in Today’s Economy,

·         High School Internships Increase in Tough Economy,

 The new also features “Extra Internship Coaching Services” and
“Resume/Cover Letter Makeover Services” for Students. Employers can also post internships with the Intern Queen.

Berger is dubbed “The Intern Queen” after completing 15 internships during her four years of college. She travels around the country speaking to students about the importance of internships. “I’m bridging the gap between students and their futures. When I was in school, there was no one to help me get an internship and learn to make the most of it. I can be that person for students,” says Berger. She has appeared on television shows across the nation speaking about internships and is currently running her business out of Los Angeles. Berger’s listings are powered by Quarterlife (, Hollywood Producer, Marshall Herskovitz’s site. She is also the current spokesperson for University of Dreams Programs,



“The Intern Queen is the first place we look to provide our production company with incredible candidates. She always delivers!” – Sony Pictures / Out Of The Blue Entertainment.

“Your personal service gives the applicant a sense of comfort in knowing that there is someone is looking out for them. With other internship sites, you feel as though you’re sending your resume into a sea of others, blindly, almost. The Intern Queen’s way of getting us internships is very unique because it’s kind of like a recommendation.” Simone Porter, Student, Five Towns College.

“Lauren, the Intern Queen, was eager and willing to help me get an
internship in the Entertainment Industry. She was able to forward my
resume to all the right people, and in just a week I was hired as an
intern for one of my dream companies!” – Stephanie Ramos,Student, University of California, Irvine








7 04 2009

Please change my blog address from this current one to – It will now live on my new site, !

How to Get an Internship: Entertainment

2 04 2009

There is no question that my site, has a heavy focus on entertainment internships. You will find over 200 different entertainment companies on my site ranging from movie studios, television companies, publicity firms, marketing agencies, on-set movie internships, etc. But what is the secret to landing these job opportunities?

1. DON’T GIVE UP. The entertainment business is hard to get into but it can be done. If your professor or career counselor tells you that you’ve decided on a tough industry, don’t let that hold you back. Focus clearly on what you want.

2. TRY DIFFERENT THINGS. Entertainment is such a broad field and consists of so many different parts and departments. Accept internships/jobs in different areas and test them out – you never know what you might like. In college, I interned in entertainment publicity, radio, on-air promotions, drama development, etc. Interning in all of those different areas helped me figure out what I did want to do and what I didn’t want to do.

3. FIND YOUR FAVES. Just like I mentioned in the sports piece, students should research their favorite movies, producers, directors, even celebrities. Find out what companies these people work for and who they deal with on a regular basis. From your research, start to create your personal “Intern Queen Dream List”.

4. KNOW YOUR RESOURCES ON THE WEB. There are a few great Hollywood Internship resources worth mentioning. This  is where you should be looking for your Internship News:


When I first started my site, I used all of my entertainment industry relationships to really build it up. Below are some of the listings that appear on the site:

· Smoke House Pictures (LEATHERHEADS),

· Thunder Road Pictures,

· HD Films,

· Sony Pictures Television,

· Master Mind Artists Management in Brooklyn,

· State Street Pictures,

· Bang! Zoom Entertainment,


This site is quite the powerhouse when it comes to entertainment opportunities. It’s easy, reliable and it’s been around a while. I highly suggest checking out this site.

5. NON-WEB RESOURCES. There are three other resources that I do suggest students take a look at.

· THE PRINCETON REVIEW’S INTERNSHIP BIBLE. This large reference book was extremely helpful to me when I started my internship search. They update the book yearly and have great information about hundreds of internship opportunities.

· UTA JOB LIST. United Talent Agency puts out an “industry insider” list with all of the current job openings/internship positions in the entertainment world. To find a copy of this – ask everyone you know in Hollywood, professors, friends in the industry, etc. It can be tricky to get your hands on.

· HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE DIRECTORY. This reference book has every Hollywood Production company and television show listed. You can find the company phone numbers, emails, etc. Check out your local bookstore to see if they carry it and if they don’t they can probably order it for you.

6. CREATE YOUR DREAM LIST. Make your version of the “Intern Queen Dream List” by writing down 10 companies where you see yourself working in the future (think big). Next to those, write 10 smaller companies that are similar to your first 10 choices. Start researching and making notes of the company phone numbers and emails. Reach out to the companies and ask the internship coordinator what the internship application process is like.

7. KEEP MATERIALS TRADITIONAL. The entertainment companies get hundreds of internship resumes and cover letters each year. Keep everything in traditional formats unless specifically instructed to submit a “creative resume”. The internship coordinator is going to look right to your experience. They want to see that you’ve held internships before and that you are properly qualified. Market yourself well in your cover letter, use your cover letter as your bragging rights and clearly highlight your talents/experience. Make sure to avoid going on tangents in your cover letter.

8. BE PREPRARED TO START AT THE BOTTOM. If any industry is known for sort of “hazing” their interns, it’s the entertainment business. You must keep telling yourself that this is the nature of the showbiz. Most people started at the bottom as an intern or in the mailroom somewhere and they worked their way up. They make sure that other students have to do the same. You might have to do things like get coffee, copy scripts, pick up dry cleaning – focus on the end result which is a great company name on your resume and wonderful contacts to help you find your next internship or job.

9. KEEP IT ON THE “DL”. Most internships will have students sign a non-disclosure agreement which states that you cannot talk about the projects they are working on to anyone. Even if you don’t sign one of these make sure you keep your work information to yourself. If a celebrity comes into the building, don’t tell all of your friends about it – you never know WHY the celeb was at your company. They could have been making a deal that can’t be spoken about yet.  Keep the “Everyone knows Everyone” philosophy in mind. You never know who someone might tell.

I asked my friends on Twitter what they thought about Entertainment Internships:

searchguru@InternQueen take a look at http://www.showbizjobs.com20

graenewyork@InternQueen if only I were in LA :-(

brieWR@internqueen I hear that is a good website for all things film-related. Lots of volunteer and internship positions.39 minutes ago from web

SiriusXMInterns@InternQueen students should definitely network. A lot of times, WHO you know can really be helpful in scoring a media internship.

How to Get an Internship: Sports

1 04 2009


This is a topic that’s relatively close to me because my younger brother is a huge sports fan and has participated in several sports internships (he is quite the Intern King). Whether it’s golf, tennis, baseball, football, basketball, sports medicine, sports management, sports marketing, or becoming a sports agent that you are into, sports is definitely a great world to become part of but also a hard egg to crack. I compiled some information to assist students in finding the sports internship of their dreams.

I asked my younger brother who is actively working/interning in the Sports Industry his thoughts on Sports Internships, “Right now with the economy where it is, the sports industry is looking for inexpensive help. With ticket prices and sponsorship slowly declining they are looking for innovative ways to get the sport to the fan for cheaper while still creating a profit. It’s the perfect time for interns to help out and get a beneficial learning experience.”

1.       RESEARCH YOUR FAVORITES. Get on the internet and start conducting some research on your favorite players, coaches, analysts, agents and read about how they got started. Make notes on companies that they worked for, lessons they learned along the way, their personal suggestions.

2.       REACH OUT LOCALLY. In most businesses you are required to work your way up from the bottom and sports is no exception. I suggest calling your local teams and finding out if they have any part-time job openings or internship openings during the school year or the summer. This is something that you should do as early as possible – even while in high school if possible. I’m from Tampa, Florida so my younger brother contacted the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now the Rays), the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm (arena football), and the Clearwater Phillies (our minor league team).

3.       DON’T BE PICKY. You want to get a foot in the door so if you get a call to be the towel guy in your local baseball team’s clubhouse, take the position. It’s all about forming great relationships with the players, coaches, managers, operations staff, etc. You never know when these relationships will come in handy. My brother, Jonathan, started interning at the local Clearwater Phillies stadium just helping out and doing operational tasks. It wasn’t what he wanted to do but it was in the sports industry and it helped him build his contacts.

4.        TIME TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK. When sports students create their version of the “Intern Queen’s Dream List” they have some heavy research ahead of them. Because baseball is done on a seasonal basis and not by semester it requires some looking into very far ahead of time. Most baseball teams run internship programs during Spring Training or during the regular season. Many teams have programs where the students housing and expenses are covered for the entire season. Because of college credit reasons, many students cannot participate in these programs until they are juniors or seniors. Also note that sports interns often have to work more hours than interns in other companies. Your “Intern Queen’s Dream List” should have 10 dream companies nationally that you’d like to work for (teams, organizations, companies, etc) and 10 smaller-scale sports businesses. You need to write the contact phone number for each of these companies.

5.       GET ALL OF THE INFO. When you reach out to these companies you will call and ask to speak with the internship coordinator. You can also check out the company website. Make sure you get all of the information (application deadline, location, housing situation, hour requirements, salary if any, etc.)

6.       ATTEND SPORTS CONFERENCES. The sports business has several conventions throughout the year that are great for meeting the right people and networking. Check out any sporting events that are going on in your city or nearest metro area. Call the convention and ask if they have student prices. If they don’t – perhaps you can cover the event for your school newspaper and get a press pass. Just being at these conferences/conventions makes you look like an ambitious, enthusiastic individual.

7.       LOOK BEYOND THE TEAM. Yes, it’s many student’s dream to work for a sports team but sometimes that doesn’t work out. Have a Plan B and look for other options in your area. When my brother couldn’t work for a professional sports team at his school (University of Central Florida) he explored the city’s other sports companies. He found that the Golf Channel and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) were right in the area. He ended up taking a Spring internship at AAU Sports and got to attend tons of sporting events and got the experience of helping put them together. Jonathan also did some research and came across the Orlando Sports Commission Internships, he participated in that one as well. By participating in all of these different types of internships he was able to learn all aspects of the sports industry.

8.       DON’T GIVE UP. If your internship in sports doesn’t work out, make sure you don’t give up hope. If you have your dream list in front of you – you should have at least 20 companies locally and nationally that you could apply to intern with. If one opportunity doesn’t work out, it wasn’t meant to be at that time, go onto the next. Jonathan (my brother) was super excited this past year to have an internship for the Spring of 09 with the Arena Football Team in Orlando. Well, it turns out that Arena Football got cancelled for this season. Did Jonathan give up ? Nope. He looked back at his dream list, and looked at other possibilities for sports-related internships in Orlando. He had reached out to the Orlando Sentinel (the major Orlando newspaper) and asked if they had sports internships available. They didn’t have any internships available but what they did have was PAID freelance writing positions for the sports department. Jonathan is now a PAID Sports writer for the Sentinel. That just goes to show what a positive outlook can do for you.



1.       Intern Queen’s Website (

Some of the sports internships available include:


· in New Jersey


·         Volleyball Event Intern in Orlando


·         AAU International Marketplace Internship in Orlando


·         CBS News/Sports

·         Portland Sea Dogs Baseball Internship


·         Vermont Lake Monsters Baseball Internship


·         Inside Sports and Entertainment Group


·         Time Inc. (Sports Illustrated)


·         Jersey Rockhoppers Internship Hockey


2.       Work In Sports –

This page does require a small membership fee but it’s worth it and you can use the site for one month at a very tiny price. This site always has new jobs/internships listed and the employer contact is right there for you. I encourage students to save these contacts for future use as well.


3.       Sports Agent Blog – – This site is quick and easy to use for students. All of the top agencies and sports companies are listed right in front of you with some great advice, news, and alternative information. I know the owner of this site personally and it really is amazing.


4.       Jobs In Sports –

Another cool sports website with top of the line company listings and internship/job postings.


I asked my friends on Twitter to talk with me about Sports Internships:


susielin@InternQueen sometimes have postings for internship positions and job openings.

blueyeproject@InternQueen not sure if ur into sports spshp but IEG and other Sports Sponsorship/Marketing Agencies (google them) may connect w/spts tms.

JoelFryComedy@InternQueen Dunk on LeBron. That’ll make you stand out.





Advice For International Students Seeking Internships in the United States

30 03 2009

I’m constantly amazed by the amount of International students that find my site and are applying for my internships on Students in France, London, Ireland, Austria, Japan, Canada and Germany are some of the most frequent visitors to my webpages. I read tons and tons of cover letters and resumes displaying ambition and desire to come to the United States and work in the Journalism, Fashion, Publicity, and Entertainment industries. It is interesting that in a time like this we have such strong interest from students abroad to come to the United States and intern – but the numbers are there and increasing daily.

I held 15 internships when I was in college and through all of those internships, I only knew one student (a close friend) that had come from another country, Canada, to intern in New York City. Alyson Campbell (@alyamp3) and I met at NYU where we were both staying for internships during the summer of 2003. Aly was interning at Arista Records at the time (a hard-to-get internship in the music industry). Aly did tell me about the challenge of getting a VISA and coming to the US to intern – but she had a “go getter/can-do” attitude about it and she got it done. Aly loved New York so much that she ended up moving back after graduating college. She now runs a super successful start-up PR Firm called, AMP3 ( We continue to be close friends. If Aly can do it – you can all do it. So get out there and do what you need to do to come to the United States and intern. I asked Aly to explain what she went through and to get her advice for other students:

As a Canadian, interning in the United States was a valuable and life-changing experience for me, because of the industry I was pursuing (music/entertainment business). Finding an internship was no easy feat, though.  I applied to numerous opportunities, but ran into many situations where it required that I was working for college credit (at a US-based college only) or several organizations that simply weren’t willing to go through the time and effort of the due-diligence involved in hiring an international student under the proper regulations.  A word to the wise, if you’re a Canadian student looking to intern in the U.S., you’ll need either a B-1 Visa or a J-1 Visa (both of which can be attained as long as you have a legitimate job offer and you apply at least 6-8 weeks in advance).  The J-1 “trainee” visa is also a great option for recent grads who are open to taking on an internship (verses an entry-level position), as it is a relatively easy work visa to secure, as long as you are within 18 months of when you graduated.  My first internship was between my 3rd and 4th year of university, and looking back, I wish I had been doing internships all along like my girl, The Intern Queen!  My first internship at Arista Records in New York City was truly a life-changing and career-changing opportunity that I will never forget!” 







1.       GET THE INTERNSHIP. Companies will look at your resume even though you live out of the country. Send your materials in like any other student and be sure to include when you plan on coming to the US in your Cover Letter. Find out if your school can provide you with any type of internship credit or recognition. Many companies will wave their “credit only” policy if they see that you are an International student. Apply for as many internships as you can. I normally suggest that US students apply for 10-15 opportunities each semester. As an International Student, I would double that number. Make sure you are aware of the VISA process and what you will need to do to get to the US before getting on the phone with an internship coordinator for an interview. You want to be knowledgeable about the process you have ahead of you. Most internship coordinators will NOT know how to help you get to the United States. You will have to take the lead on this one.

2.       FIGURE OUT WHAT TYPE OF VISA YOU NEED. The number one problem I hear about from International students is getting the proper VISA to visit the United States. The best resource I found for this was on the US DEPARTMENT OF STATE Website, You can search by your specific country and find out what type of VISA you need. Each country has different specifications.

3.       GET YOUR PASSPORT ASAP. Students will definitely need Passports to travel internationally. This is something that can be done quickly but keep in mind it does take 2-4 weeks to get your Passport back. Do this as soon as you decide you will be traveling abroad.

4.       START THE PROCESS EARLY. Getting an International student VISA is a headache in itself. There are so many different forms to fill out and all kinds of documents that need to be prepared. Make a checklist of all of these documents to make the process run as smooth and organized as possible. Examples of documents you may need include: school transcript, any standardized testing scores, bank statements from your parents (proving that they can cover your expenses while in the US), etc. Each student will also need to contact  the local Embassy about setting up an interview. Everyone must set an interview before their VISA can be fully processed.

5.       120 DAY NOTIFICATION. International student VISAS will not be approved or denied until 120 days (or less) before your internship start date. This does cause a bit of a time crunch. Be prepared  for this and make sure to determine when that 120 day mark will be.

6.       KEEP YOUR TIMEFRAME ORGANIZED. The National Homeland Security allows International students to come into the United States only 30 days (or less) prior to the start date of the internship. When you make your travel plans keep this timeframe in mind. If this is a problem, there are several additional “special” permits students can apply for on the US Department of State Website.

7.       HAVE PATIENCE. We all know that this can be a long and drawn out process. Be as patient as you can, use your checklist, and stay calm. Be as respectful as possible to everyone you speak with at the Embassy. Speak with your professors and make sure you are doing everything in your power to help execute the process.

8.       BE FRANK WITH YOUR INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR. Make sure that your internship coordinator understands where you are traveling from and the entire process. You want to come across organized and make sure you sound confident in the process. You want your internship coordinator to feel like they can totally rely on you to be present at your start date. If they feel that you aren’t confident, they might start to feel the same way and get someone else to replace you. Stay in communication with them and let them know that you have everything under control.

9.       MINIMIZE THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE GAP. There are going to be many challenges when interning in the US. You are dealing with a new language (sometimes), new ways of doing business, and new ways of communicating. Practice your English as frequently as possible and try to read newspaper articles, web articles, magazines, trade publications about the industry you are interning within. It’s important to try and understand the nature of the field you are going into. Conducting research will also help you identify commonly used terms in that field. You want to make the language/culture barrier as minimal as possible.

10.   BE CONFIDENT. Students come to the US everyday to Intern. This can be done. Know that it will work out, know that you will get the paperwork done, and know that you are the ULTIMATE INTERN and that any US company would be LUCKY to have you. A few obstacles never hurt anyone J Good luck !


I asked my friends on Twitter what they thought about International Internships:

Why have the number of International students coming to the US to intern increased ?

jjaime@InternQueen It gives a broader experience, a look at new industries and finally the contacts they make.

hanztarore@InternQueen Cause US is a high standard that they use to increase bargain pwr :) Many still want to work there despite current crisis there.

DisneyEC@InternQueen Because the US is the LAND of OPPORTUNITY and people all over the world realize it, even when we forget at times.

AlyAMP3@InternQueen to answer your other Q about why international students come to the U.S., “It’s all about the American Dream”

katrynad@InternQueen The opportunities in film industry. There is just not the same amount of opportunity here, there never has been.

Kissandtell@InternQueen for me it offered greater opportunities.

internSHARE@InternQueen from what I’ve heard with internSHARE it has a lot to with opening the door for future employment and eventually moving there.

ericleebow@InternQueen it’s because they are not offered the same exact opportunities, and it gives them a reason to travel to the US. Why not?

nateerickson@InternQueen No clue. Do they want Americans overseas or would they rather hire their own?

rosettathurman@InternQueen well, according to all the political pundits, the whole world is having an Obama lovefest, so that may be a factor.

Jmal18@InternQueen awesome esl programs

rjjago@InternQueen The US govn’t. is opening up new internship programs like the W.E.S.T. program for Koreans.

What do you think about International Internships ?

juezou@InternQueen I want to know the answer too since I’m an international student here.

USCherie@InternQueen visa issues aside, why not? Esp for companies interested in global business and the interns have what it takes.

jaime@InternQueen Being international it’s been difficult looking for internships, even if you’re studying in the US.

ambranykol@InternQueen as a former Campus Recruiter I’d say that Int’l students will have better bets going after internships at software companies.

Helpful Links/Resources:

US Dept. of State:

University of Dreams Programs: :









How To Find Local Internships In Your City

27 03 2009



My website and other internship resources can be very helpful when it comes to internships in big cities. It is usually more difficult  to find internships in your local city (especially if it’s a smaller town). I went to school in Tallahassee, Florida for two years. I found two great companies to intern at in Tally. If I could find those places to intern as a Freshman and Sophomore in college, you all can find and grab internship in your city.


How to Find An Internship In Your City


·         IDENTIFY COMPANIES THAT EXCITE YOU. This means it’s time to create your “Intern Queen Dream List”. Part One of this list consists of ten companies (large well-known companies in any part of the world) where you see yourself working after you graduate college. This will help you identify what field you should intern within.  Just thinking about some of these companies should make you feel excited and motivatd. When I was a freshman in college, I wanted to be a magazine writer for an entertainment publication, my list read as follow:




Part 1. Dream Companies.













·         MAKE YOUR SEARCH KNOWN. This means that you (the potential intern) must make the fact that you are in search of an internships in whichever specific field clear to your professors, family, and friends. It’s a small world and you will be surprised to find how many people know people that might work in some capacity in the field of your interest. Also try to connect with your school’s alumni network. They usually have a whole database of professionals in the area. If a parent, friend, or teacher tells you about a specific company, write it down. If they know a particular person at that company, ask them if they mind sending an introductory email or asking them about the company internship application process.



·         IT’S RESEARCH TIME, BABY ! So now, it’s time to do your homework and find companies that serve the same purpose as your dream company, but exist locally. You may already have a head start by speaking to friends and family (as mentioned above). I’m a big advocate of the “” and of “”. Type your specific field into those websites and see what comes up in your area. In my case, I would Google “Tallahassee Magazines”. I would make a list of all of the companies that came up. Alongside their company name, I would look up their phone number and any email addresses I could find on their website. If the company has an internship application off the website, I would suggest filling that out. Don’t stop your research process until you have at least 15 companies on your list.


·         MAKE THE COMPANY A CLOSE  FIT. If you can’t find something in your exact field – don’t sweat it. Try to find something in a related field. For example, I had no luck finding a magazine in Tallahassee, Florida that wanted to work with me so I ended up interning at two publicity firms where I was able to work with magazine writers and build contacts and relationships that way.



·         IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET LIST. This is part two of the “Intern Queen’s Dream List”. Write down 10-15 companies where you will try to get a local internship. Include the company phone number and any relevant information.



·         CALL ‘EM UP. Ready to make some strange phone calls ? Make sure you have your confidence and a clear throat and start dialing. You are going to call every company on your list and say, “Hi, I’d like to speak with the Internship Coordinator Please ?” When you are transferred over to that person you can say, “Hi, Its (your name) from (your school) I wanted to know how I could apply for your internship program  for this coming (which semester) semester.” Make sure you have a pen in hand so you can write down whatever email address they give you.  Also, try to get their first and last name so you can personalize each letter.


·         SEND IN YOUR MATERIALS. Set aside some time to send all of your emails. You want to email each internship coordinator INDIVIDUALLY. NO GROUP EMAILS. The body of the email should have a small note referencing your conversation and stating your interest in the internship program and that your materials (Resume and Cover Letter) are attached.


·         FOLLOW UPS. When applying for local internships that aren’t formal with deadlines and a heavy number of applicants, I suggest an email follow up two weeks after you send in your materials. So mark the date on your calendar when you send the emails and then mark the date of follow-up for two weeks after. Follow-up emails should be short, sweet, and to the point. An example would be, “Hi  _____ (their name), I wanted to follow up about the internship opportunity. Hope you are having a great week. Look forward to speaking soon. Best, (your name).





Here’s What My Friends On Twitter Had to Say:

AdrienneBailey@InternQueen Find out what recent graduates in the area are doing– they usually have some good connections!

smaloy@InternQueen The most important thing is probably to be willing to do an unpaid internship. And then just call every place you can think of!


Other Helpful Links:

Employment Spot:

High School Internships Increase in Tough Economy

26 03 2009


When I graduated college in 2006, having an internship in high school was uncommon. Times are changing, and this year I received hundreds of resumes from high school students wanting to compete for high caliber internship programs. Student’s are becoming more motivated and focused due to the economic climate and the constant economy conversation. Why should high school students start to think about internships ? I’ve put together some observations that I’ve noted about high school students and why internships have a place in their academic lives.



·         THE STUDENT’S CAN GET SCHOOL RECOGNITION. If a high school student can speak with their guidance counselor about creating some sort of credit system, where the internship can be recognized in some way on the student’s transcript, high school student’s should be allowed to intern. Many high schools across the country have started to create internship programs and classes for their students to optionally participate in. High school students are always getting college credit for certain classes and different types of college recognition on their high school transcript. Internships would provide similar credit/recognition.  I do encourage companies to consider high school applicants, however, do make sure that the student is receiving some sort of school-related credit. I suggest that employers take the time to contact the student’s guidance counselor and parent (assuming they are under 18) to make sure the situation is kosher.


·         HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE THE TIME. Many high school students are out from school as early as 12:30 or 1PM each day. This allows them to have time to get to the office and work for a few hours in the afternoons. I recommend high school student’s only intern 2-3 days per week and only for 2-3 hours per day. Keep the workload light. This is a first experience and a huge learning experience. It’s important to get good grades in high school so that needs to be a priority right along side your internship. If a student is juggling an internship and a job or after-school activity, try interning a few hours in the afternoon 2-3 days per week and then working in the evenings or interning on the days you have off from practice.



·         HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE THE SUMMER ! Most high school l students do nothing but work and play during the summer. An internship is a very interesting element to add to the bunch. Students could intern a few days per week and then work in the late afternoon/early evenings and make time for their friends on the weekends or on their nights off. Summer is a great stretch of time to really take advantage of. Most students have about 12 weeks off for the summertime, I suggest trying to get an internship for 6-8 of those weeks. As for the other weeks, give yourself time to relax !


·         THEY HEAR ABOUT THE ECONOMY ALL DAY. Let’s face it, you can’t turn on the TV, sit down at the dinner table, walk into a store without hearing something about the state of today’s economy. High school student’s hear it all of the time and it’s forcing them to really start thinking about their personal futures. Internships are a way for them to stop talking and start participating. Starting to intern in high school is a great way for student’s to play an active part in their future.


·         A GENERATION OF DO-ERS. Studies have shown that student’s are loosing interest in the “Bad Girl” trends that covered the media in the past years. Student’s no longer want to follow the rebellious ways of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, they want to see “pure role-models”. They want  to take actions into their own hands and really be involved and change the world. Thanks to public figures like Barack Obama, student’s have taken a large interest in Politics and the ways of our world. Internships allow students to take hold of their lives and start setting goals for themselves at a young age.


·         THEY WILL BE FRONT RUNNERS. I always talk about the importance of having internships on your resume before you graduate college. 70 percent of college students have internship experience on their resume before they graduate (NACE), can you imagine how much that number will increase over the next few years ? With student’s starting as young as high school, not only will the amount of student’s with internships increase, but the number of internships these student’s have is going to increase as well. All of these high school students are going to be prepared and one step ahead of the game. When it comes to interviewing for college internships, these student’s are going to grab them ! This will also look FANTASTIC on their college applications !


·         THEY CAN ESTABLISH GREAT CONTACTS AND LETTERS OF REC. High schoolinterns can get great letters of recommendation to use for their college applications at these internships. You never know where your internship coordinator or the head of the company went to school. Many company heads have great alumni resources and connections as far as getting into a great school and meeting great people. Making these contacts early on will help your college apps and head you in the direction of some great jobs and internships in the future.


·         HIGH SCHOOL ARE LIVING AT HOME. I think the “home” advantage is actually a big one. Most college students have to fully take care of themselves, feed themselves, transport themselves to and from their internships, etc. High school students can oftentimes rely on parents to transport them to and from their internships. They usually have dinner prepared for them by their parents so they don’t need to worry about this expense. Having parents help out with internships can have a very positive affect.


·         HIGH SCHOOL  STUDENTS CAN LEARN ABOUT THE REAL WORLD. What better way to teach students about the real world then to place them in the workplace for a few hours each week and let them help and observe what goes on. This environment provides a bit of a reality shock to the students. This opportunity allows them to really visualize their future and envision what they are constantly told they need to work so hard for. This also provides them the opportunity to identify their likes and dislikes regarding certain careers, departments in a company, office atmospheres, etc. Students are always told the importance of traits like punctuality and cooperativeness – this provides a clear understanding of why these character traits are so important.



I Asked my Friends on Twitter What They  Thought About High school Internships…


larryperry@InternQueen HS Students don’t have the resume to be successful at an internship otherwise you wouldn’t need a degree for the actual job.

dancenhance@InternQueenI think it’s a great opportunity for highschoolers to intern if they are mature enough to appreciate the opportunity.

findingurstyle@InternQueen i went to business high school, interned w a financial regulatory firm my last year or so – great idea, teaches responsibility.

staceyzur@InternQueen I think its the best thing in the world teaches them real world skills.

fashionintern@InternQueeni’ve been getting SO many requests for internships for high schoolers! is it even legal? I only know 1 person who actually did.

nateerickson@InternQueenI feel like the HS schedule & extracurrics aren’t very accommodating to most internships, but if they can find the time, great!

tiffyloob @InternQueen I interned during high school and loved it! I got more fulfillment participating in my internship than sports/ student govt.

kyenne@InternQueenI personally don’t think high schoolers should be interning.. I can understand job shadowing but they don’t have the skills yet.

StaciStringer@InternQueen it’s bound to happen, but not yet, especially in this economy, leave the jobs for those who really need them!

skimtheocean@InternQueeni’m trying to teach the appreciation of internships to my brother. it’ll raise the bar in college and ultimately the workplace!

pamasaur@InternQueenOpinion on HS interns: Emphasis should be put on community service..shifting to internships would reduce HS comm svc.

simplyann@InternQueen we’ve had 3 HS students intern for us. they’re amazing!

simplyann@InternQueen absolutely! If it were up to me, HS juniors and seniors would have mandatory internship hours.

marrazcaeta@InternQueenI know a friend of mine interned in high school through a school program and Digitas Chicago last summer had a h.s intern.

Rachel_366@internqueen I think it depends on how you define internship. I had an “internship” in high school where I shadowed someone…

MikeWilson51@InternQueendepends on whether or not that person can add value to your organization. However higher ed. is a good screener in some cases.

LaurenZahn@internqueeni think internships should be reserved for college students since they’re hard enough to find already, we dont want to compete!

JILawson@InternQueenas a small buisness owner I think it’s great that students get as much real world experience as they can.

myfirstpaycheck@InternQueen High School students should absolutely work as interns sometimes :) In the end it depends on the job and responsibilities.

rileykaminer@InternQueen I’m a High School student that interns, so totally!

lizrose91@InternQueen I was an intern, and I think it is a wonderful opportunity, as long as the student is responsible.

LL_Thatch@InternQueenI believe HS-ers should participate in internships because many students have a false sense of what a specific job requires.

katieabbo@InternQueenMy hs interns are great. I work w/about 6 during the school yr and 10+ in summer (for 2 wks or so). But that’s at a teen mag.

jocelleuntalan @InternQueen I think it’s a great opportunity to intern during H.S., but I think it would be much harder to balance esp. w/child labor laws.

afmarble@internqueen It was an “intern” class in HS that led me to pursue a different degree in college. I think it is a great idea.

smaloy@InternQueen I did two internships when I was in high school and I think it was very useful, both in giving me a head start and giving me…

lauraschroeder@InternQueen there’s a high school student at my internship right now, she mainly helps the interns out.

Other Helpful Links on High school Internships:

Career Explorations has a great high school internship program run by a friend of mine: on high school internships:

Microsoft High School Internship Program:


Start An Internship Program For Your Company

24 03 2009

Attention Employers  ! This blog is written just for you. I get hundreds of employers contacting me each week and asking if they can start an internship program. The answer is, YES ! I put together a few tips for companies trying to launch internship programs.

How to Launch An Internship Program

  • PICK AN INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR. If your company is big or small you should have one person that is in charge of your internship program. I would suggest giving this responsibility to some sort of assistant or junior level position. If your receptionist or office secretary is a high turn-over job, give this responsibility to someone more permanent. This person will be in charge of collecting resumes, promoting the position, sorting resumes, coordinating interviews, and providing work and space for the interns.


  • OUTLINE YOUR PROGRAM. Ask yourself and other employees  what you want to accomplish by starting an internship program. Create a mission statement. An example could be “The Intern Queen Internship Program provides students with a hands-on experience. I show them how a start-up is run, the daily tasks that go into managing a business, and have them help out with brainstorming, necessary organizational and administrative tasks, social media, press releases, and marketing campaigns while taking their future interests into consideration and providing each student with a personal mentor and guide throughout the duration of their internship.”


  • MAKE EACH TASK BENEFICIAL FOR BOTH PARTIES. I suggest each company make a list of the types of tasks that interns should be asked. Before making this list, think about the “double-sided benefit” of each task. Each task delegated to an intern should serve two purposes: 1. The task should be of assistance/benefit to the employer. 2. The tasks should be of benefit for the intern to learn how to do.    They should be able to find this useful in some manner for their future.


  • ACCEPTABLE TASKS. Employers must assume that most interns come into the workplace with little to no prior experience. Therefore, any filing, copying, phone answering, database sorting, cold calling, pitching, sitting in on meetings, faxing, typing up reports are all acceptable tasks for intern. Internships have a bad reputation of being all about making coffee and running personal errands. Every once in a while, a personal errand or a coffee is necessary to make something in the company run smoothly. For the sake of your companies internship program and for the sake of the intern, try to keep the personal errands and coffee runs to a minimum. Interns are definitely a convenience in the office but try to assign them to tasks that are mutually beneficial. Having an outlined list of company “acceptable intern tasks” will help make sure that all employees understand what  they can and cannot ask of their interns.


  • OFFER SCHOOL CREDIT.Many internships are unpaid and that is the nature of the word. Unpaid internships are fine as long as College Credit is offered. The big misconception about college credit is that the company needs to do something about it. College Credit actually lies in the  hands of the student and their specific career center. Before interviewing a student, ask them via email if they can receive some sort of college credit or transcript recognition for their internship. The student will have to ok it with their career center at school and then will provide you with an answer. I encourage to you make sure student’s can get some sort of credit/recognition before you interview them. Once the school tells the student that they are able to receive college credit for the internship, the student will bring in papers for the company to sign. Depending on the school, the papers might consists of a company summary, biweekly evaluations for the employer or student to fill out, and usually some sort of “end of internship” evaluation for the employer to sign. This is the school’s way of keeping track of the student and making sure they are attending their internship. Companies should advertise that they are providing college credit for students interning at the company.


  • KNOW YOUR INTERN’S GOALS AND STRENGTHS.During the interview process, make sure your internship coordinator asks the student’s if they have any work-related knowledge of the internet, programs, social media networks, etc. Many students have already incorporated different social media sites into their lives. They can easily bring this knowledge and use it as an asset to your company. Many companies rely on interns to run their social media campaigns and profiles. It’s also important to know where your interns want to go. If they are really interested in PR, put them in your press department. If a student tells me they want fashion, I give them all fashion related clients and projects to work on.


  • SELECT YOUR DATES – BE SPECIFIC.To keep your company organized, and your internship program in control, set some company internship dates. I always have the internship coordinators I work with set up 3 folders in their inbox: Fall Resumes (to be looked at July 15th), Spring Resumes (to be looked at October 15th), and Summer Resumes (to be looked at March 1st – 15th). They can properly file each resume into the corresponding folder until those dates. This is so they don’t get caught up looking at resumes all day long. I suggest running Fall Internships from September 15th – December 1st, Spring Internships from January 15th – April 1st, and Summer Internships from June 1st – August 1st. These are approximations of course. I suggest always bringing interns in on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the first time, never a Monday. Things in the office tend to get crazy and the interns get ignored on Mondays.


  • BLOCK SCHEDULE YOUR INTERVIEWS. Have your internship coordinator block out 2 hours in one day to schedule a few different internship phone interviews. I always encourage people to do phone interviews first. For the summer, phone interviews are often times the only interview because many students are traveling to the locations for the summer. Phone interviews can tell you if you can really communicate with the intern. If they cannot hold a phone conversation, that is not a good sign – don’t waste your time bringing them in for as in-person interview.


I’ll be sure to write some more notes on these sorts of topics in the future. I know I get requests for information all of the time. If companies want to post internships on my site, simply email me and put POST AN INTERNSHIP in the subject line. I’ll email you back with the forms to fill out. It costs $35.00 to post with me. You can add/change/remove/edit your listing whenever you’d like.

I asked my friends on Twitter for ideas on Starting An Internship Program:

Jmal18@InternQueenthey def. need to accessible through the website and have an actual contact person instead having to track ppl down for info. (

LotusEvangelist@InternQueen define it before you hire for it. (

nateerickson@InternQueen get on twitter and let people know. i guarantee they’ll have no trouble finding lots of interest. (

NancyVanLeuven@InternQueen My 2: Come up with meaningful intern work, somebody commits to supervising folks, make it worthwhile for all. (

Helpful Links on Starting an Internship Program

UCR Career Center Blog:

Washcoll on Starting and Maintaining an Internship Program:

InternWeb on Designing an Internship Program:

Tips To Land the White House Internship

3 03 2009

The big news last week was that President Barack Obama announced the White House is officially looking for interns. This would be an amazing opportunity for college students. I wanted to take a moment to discuss ways to increase your chances of getting that internship. I’d like to show you how to apply some of my frequent internship advice to this specific opportunity. 

The Wall Street Journal explained the requirements for the White House Internship

“The application requires a resume, three references and requests 300-500 word responses to three essay questions. The questions are as follows:

1. Explain your commitment to public service and service to country generally—include an instance when you asserted your leadership in a community or civic activity, what you learned, and how you think this internship could further advance your leadership and personal goals in this area.

2. Which of the president’s policies, initiatives or campaign achievements is most important to you? Why?

3. Choose one of your preference offices and explain why you want to work there and what you would bring to the office.

The deadline to apply is March 22 and the program runs from May 22 to August 14.”


1. RESUME MAKEOVER. Read the Resume Advice on my previous Blog, Create the Perfect Resume. If you have several previous internships/work experience on your resume, make sure to keep it down to one page. Try to only include relevant work. You are applying to a Public Service internship. Any volunteer work is relevant in this case. Keep your resume in standard and traditional format. No pictures, crazy colors, fonts, patterns, etc. Use a thick cream colored paper if possible. At the bottom, write *References available upon request. This is your chance to sell yourself on paper – look professional and experienced. Take a close look at all of your previous jobs and really expand on your tasks within each job/internship. You want to be clear on your skills and capabilities.

2. GREAT LETTERS OF REC. Just like most formal internship programs, this one requires 3 letters of reccomendation. I suggest college students get one academic reference (professor), one professional reference (former employer), and one character reference (from a family friend). If someone is too busy to write a letter for you, write it yourself and bring it to them. This gives you the opportunity to say what you’d like about yourself and to really make yourself shine. The employer or professor will read over it, hopefully approve it, sign it, and place it on company letterhead. If you can get a letter from a former internship coordinator that would be a bonus. Also, when getting your character reference try to do it from a close family friend that can speak on your loyalty, work ethic, personality, etc. They can sometimes reference more personal situations than employers or professors.

3. CONSTRUCT GREAT TIGHT ESSAYS. When writing your answers to the essay questions, keep your answers tight and try not to go on irrelevant tangents. Remember, someone is reading these and you don’t want to put them to sleep. If you can’t think of a time when you were of great service to the country or took on a leadership role ask your friends and family. The people close to you can help by thinking of times when your leadership skills really stood out in there eyes. It’s always interesting to get the opinion of others and find out what you’ve done to impress them in the past.

4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. The second essay question is a perfect example of why it’s important to research the company (or in this case the President and his policies) before applying for an internship. Make sure that you don’t answer this question blindly. Research The President’s policies completely, before attempting to answer this question. Reference articles, specific Campaign activities/speeches or websites in your essay. This will make you sound more informed and make you look well prepared.

5. APPLY FOR WHAT YOU ARE BEST AT. If your experience is in Public Relations, than apply for the Public Affairs office. Go with where your experience lies. You need to get in the door and applying to a department where you have no experience is too risky for this competitive internship. Look closely at all of the offices you have to choose from, and apply for what you are best trained to do.

You still have time to apply for this so get started and good luck !

I asked my friend’s on Twitter what they thought of the White House Internship Program for Students:

“I think it’s a great opportunity and definitely will look good on any resume.” @schlossy,

“That would be an awesome opportunity 4 anyone who wanted to get in2 politics or public affairs.” @cblaser, Student at University of Oregon.

“Good idea. I bet they learn good habits there.” @bookgirl96, Publicist.

Links to WhiteHouse Internship Stories:

WSJ Blog on WHI:

WhiteHouse on WHI:

EHow On WHI:

Summer Internship Timeline

24 02 2009


The big question at this time of year is always, “When is the best time to apply for Summer Internships and is it too late ?” Have no fear, the Intern Queen is here and I have a timeline of my own that students can follow.  Follow my timeline below and you will get everything out just in time ! Keep in mind that my timeline does not apply to large companies or any company with a formal internship program. Most formal internship programs (NY Times, ATAS, WSJ, WashPost, Citigroup, etc) do have early application deadlines that can be found on their individual company websites. These deadlines are protocall for most of the media/entertainment/pr/marketing internships on my site. Good luck !




Friday, February 26, 2008Complete all of your internship materials. If you haven’t finished by Friday, finish up over the weekend. You should have the following materials prepared: Resume, Cover Letter, 3 Letters of Rec ( One academic reference, one professional reference, one character reference). Make copies of  these materials on a thick quality paper. I suggest using a cream colored paper (these should be avail at a Kinkos or any all-in-one shop). Make about 20 copies of each document. Try to use your school’s copy machine as those usually have cheaper rates. Copying can get pricey ! Get some clear paper protectors to slide one master copy of each document into (The clear plastic things). This is to make sure you always have your masters avail if you need more copies. You will also take these documents and a few copies of each with you to in-person interviews.


Monday, March 2nd 2008 – Pick Your Internships ! This is your week to research and find all of the internships you’d like to apply for. Make a Dream List of all the top companies you’d like to intern at over the summer. Do your research and make sure they offer internships in the destination you’d like to go. Next to your top ten companies, make a list of 5-10 companies that aren’t your dream company but  are similar to the companies listed. For example: If your dream magazine internship is at Us Weekly or Seventeen Magazine – your 2nd list might read “ Marie Claire Magazine or” I encourage every student to apply for between 10-20 companies for the summer. Internships are more competitive than ever before so the more you apply to, the better chance you have of nailing down these opportunities. Also, the more competitive the internship, the more opportunities you should be applying for – keep that in mind.


Thursday, March 5th 2008Time to Research. Use Thursday and Friday to go through your list of companies that you are applying for and do some research. The goal here is to send your resume to an actual person and not a random website or First, check my site and enter the company name into the Searchbar. The company name will appear if I have contacts at that company. If I do, simply email your resume to me at and include the semester and the company name in the subject line. If I don’t work with the company than check out their website. If you don’t see a name for the Internship Coordinator (you usually will not) than call the company. Ask to speak with the internship coordinator. Get their name and email address and let them know you are applying for an internship. If  they give you a generic email, ask who you can address the email to. You want to do anything in your power to get an actual name.

Keep an Excel document to store all of your information. Make columns for Company, Contact Name, Email, Status, Follow Up.


Monday, March 9th 2008 –  Send your apps !  Put a good chunk of time aside to send out your materials today. Many companies will want your CL, Resume, Letters of Rec via email. Send those out and make sure they are addressed to that company and not to another. I suggest blind copying (BCC’ing) yourself on all of the emails as a reminder to follow up in 2 weeks. Any mail applications *companies that have indicated regular mail is best* should also go out today. Good luck ! Make a note in your STATUS column of your Excel document of the date you sent your materials out.


Tuesday, March 24th 2008 – Follow Ups Begin. I suggest calling each company (unless they specifically told you to NOT call) and asking to speak with the internship coordinator. All you say is, “Hi, This is Lauren Berger, I emailed my resume to _____two weeks ago and wanted to follow up and make sure they received it.” Be as polite as possible.


**** Note, if you don’t hear anything back by the 2nd week in April, I suggest applying to at least 10 more internships. Most companies will notify interns by Mid-April.

I asked my Friends on Twitter What They Thought About Applying for Summer Internships – Here is their Advice:

 “Do it NOW”; Most common msg but nobody listens because there’s too much social activity; waiting=lost opportunity-fini.” @lauratoogood, Student Coach.


“Friends can wait until the hunt is over; they’ll just blow past U anyway; if they’re real friends they’ll B fine w/it.” @lauratoogood, Student Coach.


“DO NOT put references on a resume; biggest mistake EVER; keep the list separate; AND double check the validity.” @lauratoogood, Student Coach.


“Letters of Reference are important.” @globalsultana, Communications Professional.


“I def think anyone looking for a summer internship should start looking as soon as possible. Speed to market as they say.” @geraldinemae,


“Apply for summer internships now…we’ve been interviewing since late January.” @Alicia_Wells, Accountant Executive and Internship Manager.


“If you apply too early your resume and coverletter may be misplaced or lost and often they ask you to resend it.” @amaute, Alyssa Maute, Student at Clemson,


“The last two years in a row I’ve had mine nailed down by mid February … very reassuring :) This year I’m not so lucky!” @jess_a_ca.


“No matter how tough it is to NOT procrastinate, get applications in EARLY. Most basic advice but always true.” @saramartinez, Student in Chicago.


“Don’t limit yourself to paid internships. It’s not about the money, it’s about the experience.” @DavidSpinks, Student and Blogger in New York.


“ABSOLUTELY NO MISTAKES IN THE COVER LETTER OR RESUME. No ifs ands or buts.” @karlastevenson.







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