For recent college graduates looking to launch their careers, an internship is a great place to start—and so is Memphis!

Here’s why.

Why an internship in Memphis?

You’ve got to start somewhere, right? A Memphis internship offers the opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals while you gain experience of your own.

An internship allows you to quickly accomplish five important things:

  • See what’s happening within a specific industry and organization.
  • Listen to how people interact with one another in a professional setting.
  • Learn what jobs are available within your chosen industry and organization.
  • Do some of the same tasks as full-time professional employees.
  • Impress managers—after all, they just might offer you a permanent position!

Some Memphis internships are paid, while others are not. Most are part-time positions that last for a defined period of time ranging from a few months to an entire year. Some start while you’re in college, and others require you to have walked the stage and accepted your diploma. And all come with the possibility of being offered a full-time position. In fact, 7 out of 10 Memphis internships result in a full time job offer, so what are you waiting for?

What do interns do?

A better question to ask is, “What don’t interns do?”

As a Memphis intern, your day-to-day activities may vary widely—and that’s a good thing. After all, the whole point of getting an internship is to see, listen, learn, do and impress.

With this in mind, you’re going to want to see as much as possible, listen closely to every word spoken, learn as much as you can, do a range of tasks and work hard to impress everyone you meet—which means rolling up your sleeves and making the most of every opportunity.

Some days, you might simply shadow employees to see what they do to advance the organization’s mission. Other days, you may sit in on important meetings to hear and learn how decisions are made. Often, you’ll be assigned tasks to complete, from administrative duties to actual projects.

Whatever you do, you’ll always have the opportunity to impress.

Where can you find internship opportunities in Memphis?

Internships in Memphis are out there, but you need to know where to look and which ones are right for you.

Luckily, we have several groups right here in Memphis that are eager to help you find the perfect internship for you.

LITE Memphis equips African-American and Latin students with 21st –century skills to create wealth, helping them build their networks through paid internships in college.

The City of Memphis has an “MPLOY” program that links top employers with students seeking internships. Training is provided and this program has an excellent track record of internships leading to full-time positions.

Make sure to check out the links at the bottom of this page for several Memphis organizations that are hiring interns now!

Why a Memphis Internship?

Simply put, Memphis has it all: Fortune 500 companies, mission-driven nonprofits working to make the world a better place, government agencies that keep things running and something to do every night of the week.

Seriously, why not Memphis?

A thriving Maker movement fueled by artists, entrepreneurs and start ups. World-class universities. A growing tech sector and diverse job opportunities. The Memphis Grizzlies, music festivals and incredible restaurants don’t hurt either.

And once you get here, we want to make sure you love our city! The New Memphis Institute’s Summer Experience welcomes interns working in Memphis through a series of free events. You’ll have a chance to meet city leaders, find out about opportunities in our city, and explore all that Memphis has to offer.

All this plus a small-town feeling in a city that offers big-time opportunities, nonprofit and faith-based organizations aplenty, a close-knit community, and plenty of people who came to Memphis for work and stayed for the quality of life. We’ve got soul, energy, and opportunity, and we want to share it with you!

Where can you get more information on Memphis internship opportunities?

Welcome to Memphis—you’re hired!

If you want to hear those five words and seven syllables, check out these links for more information, then go out and get yourself an internship in Memphis!