5 Paid Internship Opportunities For Student Veterans

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Areca T. Bell

If you are a transitioning service member, the uncertainties of the private sector may be looming large as you begin to make your post-military career plans. Like many you may have decided to use your education benefits to attend college or a trade school. Maybe you have already started your degree and will finish it up after separating.


Whatever the particulars, if you are a student veteran, internships offer an amazing opportunity for you to expand your professional network, gain valuable skills, test the waters in your target career field, or beef up up your resume with quality private-sector experience. When going to school, summer internships provide the chance to keep your skills fresh during the summer.

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, an internship often serves as a bridge to full-time employment, with over 51% of employers offering those who have successfully completed an internship within their company a permanent position. Many internships offer compensation of some sort — in 2015, the average rate of pay for bachelor-level interns was $17.20 per hour, which is higher than entry-level positions in some industries. Those involved in recruiting interns cited many of the people skills and leadership principles that are learned in the armed forces as qualities they were most interested in bringing into their programs.

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Hirepurpose partners with a number of military-friendly companies that are looking for veterans to fill a variety of in paid internship positions. Here are just five of the many you may want to explore.

1. Business development internship in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Those veterans who have experience coordinating large projects and who are pursuing a college degree in business with a focus on sales or marketing will want to look at this paid internship with Anthem. Anthem is a health insurances company that was recognized as a top company for diversity by DiversityInc. magazine and ranked as one of America’s most admired companies among health insurers by Fortune magazine. The position requires schedule flexibility and affords its holder the chance to learn about the process of capture planning, market research, and the development and management of Sharepoint sites. Former service members with an entrepreneurial and inquisitive spirit, who also possess a high capacity to learn and adapt would be well-suited for this role.

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2. Investment internship in Lake Oswego, Oregon

For student veterans and their spouses who are majoring in finance or economics, Wells Fargo has a paid summer internship available with their Bensen Value team located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Wells Fargo is a financial services company that has demonstrated its commitment the military community through a variety of philanthropic donations to veterans organizations, a veterans recruiting program, its own internal veterans member network, and the development of the “Enterprise Value of A Veteran” training for employers. This internship requires someone who can generate quarterly financial reports, analyze numbers, understand business strategy, and provide high-level support to senior analysts and portfolio managers. Those who spent their time in the military as a finance specialists, financial management technicians or procurement specialists will have a distinct competitive advantage when applying for the position.

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3. Engineering/Quality internship in Fort Worth, Texas

Alcon, a global manufacturer of innovative medicines and devices to meet eye care needs, is running a paid summer internship program in Fort Worth, Texas. With over 25,000 employees across the world, Novartis, the parent company of Alcon, is known for its military-friendly culture and commitment to helping veterans succeed. These versatile internships are a great opportunities for student veterans to gain skills and experience in a variety of areas like engineering, quality, supply chain, global transportation, production, distribution, global health, safety and environment, or related fields. With such a wide variety of fields, Alcon is a great place to get practical experience, build your analytical skills and improve your resume.

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4. Assurance services internship in San Francisco, California

If management, auditing, and finance are your area of interest, then you should examine this internship with leading tax, insurance, and consulting company, Ernst & Young. Veterans play a vital role within the EY organization, bringing valuable leadership, team-building skills, and confidence to the table. This full-time paid assurances-services internship requires an analytical thinker who has the ability to translate strategy into action and work well within a fast-paced environment. Above average organizational and administrative expertise is also desired.

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5. Corporate communications intern in Ossining, New York

This corporate communications internship offered by General Electric seeks students who have some experience outside of the classroom, making it perfect for former service members previously worked in public relations, protocol, or recruiting. With over 10,000 veterans in their workforce, General Electric is known for its support of military programs and cause that uplift transitioning military members and their families. If you are a communications, advertising, or business major with developed computer skills, geographic mobility, an understanding of managerial finance, sharp business acumen, digital communications experience and a passion for the communications field, then you should be applying for this opportunity today.

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Visit Hirepurpose’s jobs portal to see all of our internship and entry-level job opportunities.

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