All programs include:

Career Guidance, Resume and Interview Prep,
Guaranteed Internship Placement

High School Internships Boston

Summer Internships in Boston



Our program is unique because we actually establish the internship for you. Internship Connection counselors have Master’s Degrees in counseling or education and have work experience and contacts in a wide variety of fields. We match your career goals to workplace mentors who continually seek out our interns.

Let us help you achieve your career goals by simplifying the steps needed to secure an internship.

Colleges look for a student who is well rounded but who also has a special academic interest or talent that they have pursued in-depth. By reviewing the student's courses and extra-curricular activities, we help them identify a "thread of interest" that can be developed further through an internship. Then we research and contact potential mentors and establish an internship that will enhance the student's learning experience and academic resume.



1. INITIAL COUNSELING MEETING (October-February)

We have developed a comprehensive and proven process to maximize the value of an internship. We meet with the student one time, either in person or by phone/Skype, followed by email and phone contact throughout the program.

  • During an informal meeting in person or via phone or Skype, we learn about your career goals and discuss internship possibilities. Our role is one of advocate and advisor. We conduct an informal conversation about interests, location preferences and desired work schedule.
  • You may or may not know exactly what type of internship you are looking for. Students often don’t realize the workplace options that relate to a specific career. Options are discussed and the student identifies a primary and secondary career interest.
  • A student interested in law can actually build a resume by an internship in government working as a legislative intern or in the civil rights division of a state agency.
  • A student interested in communications may enjoy working at a green technology company, conducting research, learning about new discoveries and writing for the company blog. We enjoy helping students identify something that might spark their interest in an academic area or develop a talent that the student would like to explore.

2. DEVELOPING OR REFINING YOUR RESUME

  • We work with you to develop your resume or enhance one that you may already have.
  • Then we forward your resume to targeted companies and organizations and speak to potential workplace mentors.
  • We seek placements where you are not competing against others to snag a position, but rather a workplace environment that may be more nurturing.
  • When the mentor is interested, we put you in contact with the mentor to set up an interview.

3. PREPARING FOR THE WORKPLACE INTERVIEW (March–June)

  • Over the phone, using role-play, we prepare you for your workplace interview by asking you to first research the company’s website.
  • Then, we ask you questions that are commonly asked in interviews.

4. The Work Schedule
(Part-time, 6-8 weeks during June, July or August)

You will establish a work schedule with your mentor that is suitable for both parties. During the course of the internship, we maintain contact with you and mentor. The schedule is flexible based on the desires of the student’s family. Most students work part-time, usually 2-3 days per week, during a 6 - 8 week period during June, July or August. Parents tell us that they appreciate a program that leaves time for other activities, a part-time job or a family vacation.

5. The Internship Begins

The student proceeds with placement and program activities. We remain in contact with both the student and mentor throughout the process. We provide feedback on pre-designed journal questions that the student emails to us. The student journals are an important tool for assistance and problem solving from our counselors. Journal questions are designed to foster reflection and synthesis of the career experience, and serve as a handy, documented reference for college interviews and application essays.

College Internships Boston

Spring, Summer and Fall Internships in Boston



Our program is unique because we actually establish the internship for you. Internship Connection counselors have Master's Degrees in counseling or education and have work experience and contacts in a wide variety of fields. We match your career goals to workplace mentors who continually seek out our interns.

Let us help you achieve your career goals by simplifying the steps needed to secure an internship.

For out of state students we can recommend a variety of short-term housing options in Boston.

1. INITIAL COUNSELING MEETING (October-March)

  • During an informal meeting in person or via phone or Skype, we learn about your career goals and discuss internship possibilities. Our role is one of advocate and advisor. We conduct an informal conversation about interests, location preferences and desired work schedule.
  • You may or may not know exactly what type of internship you are looking for. Students often don't realize the workplace options that relate to a specific career. Options are discussed and the student identifies a primary and secondary career interest.
  • A student interested in law can actually build a resume by an internship in government working as a legislative intern or in the civil rights division of a state agency.
  • A student interested in communications may enjoy working at a green technology company, conducting research, learning about new discoveries and writing for the company blog. We enjoy helping students identify something that might spark their interest in an academic area or develop a talent that the student would like to explore.

2. DEVELOPING OR REFINING YOUR RESUME

  • We work with you to develop your resume or enhance one that you may already have.
  • Then we forward your resume to targeted companies and organizations and speak to potential workplace mentors.
  • We seek placements where you are not competing against others to snag a position, but rather a workplace environment that may be more nurturing.
  • When the mentor is interested, we put you in contact with the mentor to set up an interview.

3. PREPARING FOR THE WORKPLACE INTERVIEW (March–June)

  • Over the phone, using role-play, we prepare you for your workplace interview by asking you to first research the company's website.
  • Then, we ask you questions that are commonly asked in interviews.

4. The Internship

You will establish a work schedule with your mentor that is suitable for both parties. During the course of the internship, we maintain contact with you and mentor and provide advice about how to ask for a letter of recommendation.
We have placed college students in physical therapy at a local hospital, costume design and stage management for a prestigious theater, teaching in the inner-city, technology for a green tech startup, finance at an investment group, law, bio tech and more. Let us make this an exciting and productive time by creating an experience designed specifically for you!

Startup Internships Boston

Are you a high school or college student who wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg? Are you thinking about a major in business, finance or entrepreneurship and wondered how companies such as Facebook or Google began? Let us help you experience an exciting internship at a startup company in Boston.

Let us help you experience an exciting internship at a startup company in Boston. We can recommend a variety of short-term housing options.

For those students seeking an internship in NYC, CA or elsewhere, we will take you through the steps to submit a stellar application.



We have helped students snag internships with startup companies at the following tech incubators:

  • MassChallenge, Boston
  • Techstars, Boston
  • 500 Startups, California
  • Dogpatch Labs, Cambridge and New York City
  • General Assembly, New York City

FAQ's

What is a tech incubator?

Tech incubators are rigorous programs with a competitive application process that weeds out unprepared startups. Applicants are encouraged to come to the table with a strong idea and a dedicated team that can handle its execution. Often they are asked to pitch their idea through several rounds of competition to venture capitalists and influential industry mentors. The selected startups move to their city and, in most cases, setting up shop in their offices. Teams then undergo an intensive crash course about learning how to launch and sustain a successful business. This process can last weeks and sometimes months. Industry mentors spend day and night helping the teams work toward demo day. On demo day, the startups pitch their hard work to venture capitalists and angel investors, hopefully getting the money they need to put their efforts to the test. Y Combinator, Tech Stars, and 500 Startups are some of the biggest in the latest crew of tech incubators. But indie incubators are also sprouting up worldwide.

What are some examples of startup companies where your students have interned?

Privy, Artaic, Coach-up, Fueled, MITX, Novophage, Day2Night Convertible Heels, Kingfish Labs, Zoora Fashion, Eone-time, Delightfully, All Modern, Art Venue, Butlr, MySmak and more.

Can you describe the mentors?

They are young, brilliant, driven CEO's who have graduated from the top colleges and business schools, including MIT, Harvard, Cornell and Columbia. Most are between the ages of 26-35. It's exciting for our students to have mentors who are just a few years older and have successfully started new companies.

How do we meet with you?

We conduct meetings with students in person, via Skype or telephone.

Two journal entries from our students at startups in Boston and NYC Tech Incubators

David Zhao described his first day at a Boston startup in the MassChallenge Incubator:

"The workplace feels more like the set of "The Social Network" than an actual workplace; FanPier's harbor location and the informal work environment are truly invigorating and inspiring. The work was involving, but all I needed to recuperate was the view out the 14th floor-windows, where I could see all of Boston sprawling beyond the harbor. In terms of the internship, my mentor Jason started me off with a research project for potential business partners (preferably startups) and I compiled an Excel spreadsheet with data for each partner. That project took the entire day, though Jason took me out to lunch with a fellow MIT-Sloan peer. We discussed my college plans, the application process, and potential majors.

Jason truly embraces the role of mentorship--he's been recommending books, checking in constantly, and teaching me various business essentials (e.g. LinkedIn, database-use, etc.) Jason's also been asking me for ideas. All in all, the first-day experience was really eye opening and exciting. I really think that I'll enjoy this internship and learn a great deal about business, particularly if I want to pursue entrepreneurial business myself."

Neeraj Devulapalli's mid-point journal from a startup in DogPatch labs, a NYC incubator:

1. List the kinds of things that you've been doing at work.
  • Providing Research Analysis on different Venture Capital Companies and Startup Mentors in a spreadsheet format
  • Attending and participating in and out of office meetings with different people and companies
  • Providing insight and suggestions on the Privy Database through examination of the Dashboard
  • Participating in company calls
  • Participating in Privy Dashboard analysis
  • Learning new marketing skills and concepts through real-world situations with my mentor
2. What has been the best part of your internship?

With many great parts about my internship, the best part is gaining real-world experience while participating in meetings with clients and partners. By sitting in and participating in these meetings, not only am I receiving new marketing knowledge and experience with dealing in people to people situations, but also these meetings have provided me with a new perspective on the inner workings of a company's growth. Seeing Privy grow daily, as a startup has truly been a great part of my internship with both myself and my mentor happy with company progress as the weeks go by.

3. Can you describe a situation during your internship in which you took a risk by putting yourself in a new position, such as meeting new people, asking questions, making suggestions? Write a paragraph or two about this situation explaining how it made you feel and what you learned about yourself as a result.

During the second week of my internship, I was asked by my boss to provide analysis for the new Privy dashboard for merchants and small business owners. By simulating myself as a small business owner, I was able to step into the shoes of the client, a pivotal part of the development of a company, and my primary job was to provide advice and suggestions for the dashboard to make it user-friendly for clients. Knowing well that by providing valid and beneficial suggestions would boost my reputation as a good intern while helping the company, I was faced with thinking on my feet with pressure to provide good advice. As the simulation continued however, I realized that by focusing on simulating an SMB owner and by focusing on the task at hand without emotional or mental constraint, I was able to provide sound advice without over thinking the situation.

The result was positive with some of my advice actually helping and being implemented in the newer edition of the dashboard providing me with some confidence. As a result of this, I started trusting myself and my ideas more as the internship has continued.

Program Components

Comprehensive Program (for Boston only)

Since Boston is our hometown, we are connected to many of the companies here, and establish the placement for you with a guaranteed internship.

Program includes:
  • Career guidance in terms of describing the types of companies you may be interested in
  • Helping you create or edit your resume
  • Preparing you for a workplace interview
  • Establishing the internship
  • Ongoing communication with you and your mentor throughout the internship
Program Fee:$3,950

Abbreviated Program (for placements in cities other than Boston)

In other cities, while we cannot guarantee the internship, we take you through all the necessary steps to create a stellar application.
  • We conduct research and present you with a list of companies and or incubators that would match your interests
  • Help you with your cover letter, resume and application.
We know what these startups are looking for in terms of candidates and guide you through the process in order to make your application stand out. Program Fee: $150 Per hour

Gap Year Internships Boston

Fall or Spring in Boston
Perfect for a Semester –Before or During College



A Gap Year (also referred to as an Interim or Deferred Year) is a period of time when students take "time out" from formal education to travel, volunteer, study, intern, or work. Our Gap Year Program typically spans one semester, either fall or spring, sometimes with overlap in the summer. Students often combine our program with travel and other experiences during their alternative semester.

Typically a Gap Year is taken between high school graduation and starting college, during college, or between college and starting graduate school or a career. Sometimes a high school student is asked by their college to start their freshman year in January. Other times, college students take a semester or year off because they are transferring.

"Studies have been conducted by leading universities like Harvard that conclusively show that students who take a year out before college are more focused and motivated when they arrive on campus than those who don't take this detour. Harvard's admissions department is so convinced of the benefits of a gap year that they offer the option to every admitted freshman in their acceptance letter". – Planet Gap Year


Understanding that students take time off for many reasons, our role is one of advocate and academic advisor. The program is individualized for each student according to career interests and desired work schedule. We meet with the student one time, followed by email and phone contact.

For out of state students we can recommend a variety of short-term housing options in Boston.

We have developed a comprehensive and proven process to maximize the value of an internship:

1. INITIAL MEETING

Our meeting with the student, either in-person or via Skype, consists of supportive, informal conversation. We learn about the student's life situation and interests and discuss internship possibilities. Some students know exactly what type of internship they are looking for while others do not. By reviewing past courses and activities, we look for a "thread of interest" that can be developed through an internship. We enjoy helping students identify something that might spark their interest in an academic area or develop a talent that the student would like to explore.

2. DEVELOPING THE RESUME

Next, we work with each student to develop a resume or refine one that they may already have. Then, we forward the student's resume to targeted companies and organizations and speak to potential workplace mentors. We look for placements where the student is not competing against others to snag a position, but rather a workplace environment that may be more nurturing. When the mentor is interested, we put the student in contact with the mentor to set up an interview.

3. PREPARING FOR THE WORKPLACE INTERVIEW

Over the phone, using role-play, we prepare the student for their workplace interview. We ask students to research the worksite and we pose questions to them that are commonly asked in interviews.

4. THE INTERNSHIP

The student and mentor establish a work schedule that is suitable for both parties. During the course of the internship, we maintain contact with the student and mentor, to assure that everything is going well.

A Sampling of Students


Drew deferred his acceptance to Trinity, attended a 2 month film school in Maine and turned to us for an internship relating to film. We placed him at a production company in Boston where he learned all facets of film making in the studio and on sets. He became a production assistant on location for shows being produced for Animal Planet and the Discovery and History Channels. Drew said the best part was working long days with the crew. The head producer was so impressed with Drew's efforts that he actually offered him a job.

Aaron deferred his acceptance to Oberlin and planned several experiences throughout the year in the US and abroad. His interests related to include sustainability and clean water. We established a Boston internship with a legislator who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Health. Aaron told us that he enjoyed his responsibilities that included attending hearings and committee meetings, writing to constituents and learning how legislation is passed.

Sam is taking a semester off from Santa Clara University before transferring. We matched his interests in sports and community work to a well-known social justice organization in Boston.

Ji was accepted to Smith College but decided to take a semester off and apply to other schools. After reviewing her resume, we placed her at a prestigious writing organization in Boston.

Boston Internships for International Students

Semester long internships in Boston for Summer, Fall or Spring


Our program for international students is designed for students with excellent English skills. You must arrange for your own visa.
We can recommend a variety of short-term housing options in Boston.
We would be happy to communicate with you via email or Skype.
Please contact: carole@internshipconnection.com

A SPECIALIZED PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Dr. Jabbawy, the Founder and Director of Internship Connection, works personally with each international student. There are many complex factors to consider when placing an international student in an American business or workplace. Dr. Jabbawy provides each student with a more personalized service depending on individual student needs. That may include accompanying them to their workplace interview, ongoing support throughout the internship and visiting them on site.

In the initial meeting with each student, either in person or via Skype, educational and career goals are discussed. Dr. Jabbawy helps the student identify which type of internship would best match their academic interests. Her role is one of advocate and advisor.

During the internship, she communicates with the student's workplace mentor to ensure that the student is comfortable and productive in their work setting and that the internship will enhance the student's learning experience and academic resume. The student receives program materials that include: instructions and examples for creating a resume, tips for the workplace interview, and 3 brief journal assignments designed for reflection.

A SAMPLING OF CURRENT STUDENTS

Josh Hayden, from England - Boston TV Production Internship
Josh grew up in South Africa, Thailand, China and England. He had been accepted to University of Gloucestershire, England to study film and TV production, but like many British students, he contacted us about taking a Gap Year. Dr. Jabbawy connected him to a home-stay family and established an internship with a Boston media firm that has won many awards for their commercials and documentaries. Josh's mentor told us that Josh became a valuable production assistant both on location shoots and in the studio, delivering tapes, editing film and lending day-to-day support in all aspects of business. Josh wrote," The internship is going great I'm getting hands-on experience on sets as well as doing editing on the computers. I'm fitting in really well at work, everyone is friendly and supportive. My home-stay is great as well the family is very nice. Thanks for finding me the internship! - Cheers, Josh"

Cassio Domingues, from Brazil - Boston Business /Entrepreneurship Internship Cassio had been accepted to Babson College as a January freshman. He felt that experiencing an internship before college, in the fall, would accomplish many things: He would become accustomed to the city and its transportation system and he would have the opportunity to gain practical business experience. Dr. Jabbawy met Cassio and his family at their hotel to get acquainted. Cassio stayed in a short-term rental apartment in the Back Bay area of Boston. Dr. Jabbawy helped him create a resume, prepare for his interview and established an exciting internship relating to entrepreneurship. Cassio interned at an early stage technology company in the communication and messaging space. Located in a building in the Mayor's Innovation District on the Boston waterfront, Cassio was also exposed to other startup companies located in this business incubator. In his journal, Cassio wrote, "My experiences so far have been great.

Since the day I started, Doug and Matt have helped me learn about every aspect in the company so that I would be involved to the fullest with all the company's tasks and goals. I have worked in the marketing area, also I worked in organizing clients, giving opinions about the product itself, and testing to see if it was ready to launch. I am helping develop presentations to be used during demos, registering users, learning how to create Excel spreadsheets and researching competitors. The best part of my internship is facing and overcoming challenges. This internship has been a great learning tool for me in this stage of my life."