Discover Internships in New Orleans

Internships are a critical component of any student’s postsecondary learning experience, providing opportunities for students to apply their real-world professional experiences to the theories, skills, and best practices they have learned in the classroom environment. These days it is very common for any given student to have multiple internships under their belt by the time they graduate from college.

Greater New Orleans offers students from all schools a diverse array of internship experiences at large and small companies alike – and many are eligible for college credit. Through their career services office or via their own company research, students can easily find internships that best align with their professional goals in business and professional services, engineering and manufacturing, healthcare, technology, nonprofits and creative industries, and more. All they need to do is show up (on time!) with the right attitude, a strong work ethic, and a desire to learn, and they may very well be paving the way for their long-term career path – possibly with that very same company.

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Entergy Keeps the Lights On

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“We Power Life,” is the motto at Entergy, a Fortune 500 company and major power provider to Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.

With corporate headquarters in New Orleans, Entergy offers a plethora of internships (and co-ops) across several departments – from finance and business management to IT, HR, marketing, and more – which students can plug into and begin establishing a pathway to a career.

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Finance (and Fun) at P&N

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A 65 year-old CPA firm with four locations in Louisiana and Texas, Postlethwaite & Netterville (P&N) runs a robust internship program out of its Metairie office, affording interns the opportunity to contribute directly to client projects.

In doing so, P&N provides real-world learning opportunities for students interested in a variety of practice areas, including accounting and auditing, tax, technology, and consulting. The program is designed to provide a broad level of experience and practical, hands-on work – topped off with fun office events that allow interns to build relationships with staff.

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Meet a Manufacturing Giant

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A $13.6 billion international, multi-industry company – with a global workforce of 35,000 employees in more than 25 countries – Textron has two locations in the Greater New Orleans region: at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East, and in Slidell, a short trip across Lake Pontchartrain.

Textron interns have the opportunity to gain real-world, hands-on experience, and make substantive contributions to their teams. In doing so, they learn new skills applicable to their academic and professional endeavors, and build a lasting network with colleagues and the company. Given its size, numerous career paths exist within Textron, and many interns continue on with the company as full-time employees upon graduation.

Audubon Nature Institute
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Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!

Audubon Nature Institute offers professional training and experience in a variety of career tracks through its internship program, accepting applications on a rolling basis.

While some internships are currently unavailable due to government regulations COVID-19, placements are seasonally available in administration, animal care, conservation, education, volunteer management, and more. Basic internships last approximately 12 weeks, in which interns develop a variety of professional skills through guided instruction and hands-on experience. Some advanced placements, lasting up to 6 months, are available for well-qualified candidates.

In addition to the core curriculum provided through each professional track, Audubon offers its interns supplemental opportunities to learn about the operations of an AZA-accredited facility, the care and management of a diverse group of animals, the tools needed to engage and inspire guests, and more.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

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Dream of working for NASA one day? Now’s your chance! With a storied, world-class manufacturing campus located in New Orleans East – the Michoud Assembly Facility – NASA offers high school and college internships as well as graduate fellowships comprising research, authentic project work, and experiential learning under the guidance of a NASA mentor. Prior experience is not required, and most interns receive a stipend.

Leveraging NASA’s unique missions and programs, these internship opportunities enhance and increase the capability, diversity, and size of our country’s future STEM workforce. Tip: The Office of STEM Engagement accepts applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships up to a year out, so it’s a good idea to get a head start when applying.