The Ultimate Guide of Top Paid Intern Programs in Chicago

Have you heard the big news? FindSpark is coming to Chicago!

Before you start counting down the days until Hustle Summit, you might want to start researching what kinds of positions, industries, and companies you’re looking to get hired in.

In an area known as much for its food as its endless opportunities, where do you begin? No, we don’t mean choosing between deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hotdog — we’re talking about how to make the most of the windy city if you’re a student or recent grad.

The best way to build experience is through a killer internship, and we have a few that are going to get you full…of excitement (and okay, maybe a good meal if the company decides to cater).

Here’s our list of the best intern programs for you to check out, apply to, and conquer — just in time for Spring/Summer!

 

A+E Networks

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A+E Networks is probably your second home if you love watching the History channel and can’t get enough of Lifetime movies. At the root of this media company is a passion for telling stories, real and imagined and everything in-between. If you’re as passionate about entertaining and empowering audiences as they are, you’ll fit right in.

Industry: Entertainment | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Programming, Marketing, Production, Finance & Accounting, Legal & Business Affairs, Corporate Outreach, Digital Media, Ad Sales, Distribution, Public Relations, International, Office Services, Creative

Who Can Apply: Junior, senior, or graduate students

Deadline to Apply: March 2017


Centro

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Industry:  Marketing and Advertising| Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Sales, Marketing, Advertising

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


Dentsu Aegis Network

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Industry: Marketing and Advertising| Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: NA

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


Edlelman

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Industry: Public Relations and Communications| Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Consumer, Digital, Corporate Communications, Corporate Technology, Financial Communications, Employee Engagement, Healthcare, Media Services, Market Research, and New Business & Marketing

Who Can Apply: Recent Graduates

Deadline to Apply: NA


Epsilon: a global marketing arena for ambitious techies

Epsilon is a leader in digital advertising and tech, which makes it the ideal place for you to build your data-driven, creative capacities. If you’re interested in personalized marketing and connecting with consumers across all channels, or just growing in a company that kicks ass at doing so — join their ranks now!

Industry: Marketing and Advertising | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Technology, Product, Client Services, Creative, Strategy & Analytics, Corporate

Who Can Apply: Undergraduate, Recent grads

Deadline to Apply: NA


FCB Health: improving healthcare through creative, resourceful means

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FCB Health is passionate about all kinds of marketing: pharmaceutical, advertising, medical education, digital marketing, video production, media services, and more. If your eyebrows are up and so is your interest, you’ll also be happy to hear that they’ve been named “Agency of the Year” and “Most Creative Agency” by Medical Advertising News. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

Industry: Marketing and Advertising | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Art Direction, Design, Copy

Who Can Apply: Junior or senior students, recent grads (December 2016 or later)

Deadline to Apply: May 2017


FleishmanHillard: a top communications firm you need to check out

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FleishmanHillard wasn’t named PRWeek’s inaugural Global Agency of the Year for nothing. They’re clients’ go-to for authentic marketing, paid media, public affairs, PR, and social content. Part of Omnicom Group Inc., you’ll never feel bored or under appreciated; they keep employees engaged and excited to be such an integral part of a long-standing legacy.

Industry: Public Relations and Communications | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Design, Mass Media, Public Relations, Broadcasting

Who Can Apply: Junior or senior students, Recents grads

Deadline to Apply: May 2017


Havas:

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Industry: Marketing and Advertising | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: NA

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


Havas:

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Industry: Advertising and Public Relations | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: NA

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


Haymarket Media Group:

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Industry: Media Production| Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: NA

Who Can Apply: undergraduate

Deadline to Apply: March 20, 2017


Jack Morton Worldwide: a playground for ambitious creatives

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Jack Morton is like the BFF of brands. They bring stories to life and boast not only an impressive portfolio (with clients like Google, Subway, IBM, Samsung, and more), but an impressive “family” of eclectic workers as well. You’ll be working with marketing pioneers, content gurus, social media masterminds, and more thought leaders. Fair warning: You’re going to fall in love with them (and we don’t mean in a platonic-friendship way), fast.

Industry: Marketing and Advertising | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Account Management, Creative

Who Can Apply: Undergrads, Recent Grads

Deadline to Apply: April 2017


Jellyvision: you’re going to love this goofy, do-good company

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Jellyvision, at its core, is a people-helper, health insurance booster, and the perfect place to not only navigate your career, but have you help others to do the same. If you’re interested in writing, tech, behavioral science (and even humor!), you’ve got to check this company out.

Industry: Information Technology Services | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Production, Quality Assurance, Sales

Who Can Apply: Students graduating in May/June 2017, Rising seniors, Recent grads, Anyone looking for a short-term opportunity

Deadline to Apply: May/June 2017


Ketchum: a leading global firm that’s seriously killing it

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Ketchum is perfect for stellar communicators that want to bulk up their expertise in client relations and strategic programing. Winner of “PR Agency of the Year” and other awards recognizing its excellence as a game-changing power player in the communications industry, its no wonder why you’re itching to start your application.

Industry: Public Relations and Communications | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: NA

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


Live Nation: a lively company that’ll help you grow and thrive in your career

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Live Nation wasn’t dubbed the honor of being a top 40 U.S. company by LinkedIn in 2016 for nothing. As a titan of the live entertainment and ticketing industry, they offer an abundance of opportunities to pros (like you!) looking to build a career in finance, hospitality, marketing, operations, and more!

Industry: Entertainment | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Resale Segment Strategy & Analytics, Sponsorship, Marketing, Hospitality

Who Can Apply: Undergrads

Deadline to Apply: May/June 2017


Leo Burnett:

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Industry: Marketing and Advertising| Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Client Services, Digital, Marketing, Client Strategy & Planning

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: March 31st


MediaMath: a highly innovative, high-energy marketing company

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MediaMath is the arm of New Marketing Institute (which you’re likely already familiar with if you’ve been attending our recent virtual events). If you’re a techie that loves bringing big ideas to life, and is excited at the prospect of driving revenue for fortune-500 brands and agencies—stop reading and go apply!

Industry: Internet | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Systems Engineer

Who Can Apply: Undergrads, Graduate students

Deadline to Apply: May/June 2017


NBA:

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Industry: Sports| Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: NA

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


R/GA: a tech-minded designer’s dream agency

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R/GA is kind of like a packet of Skittles, meaning, they offer a lot of variety in terms of the areas you can grow in and help grow in turn (from product and brand development, to web and social business properties). Sure, they do a great job of blending design, tech, and marketing into the mix—but if you’re going to really discover what a sweet deal this agency is, you’re just going to have to apply and find out for yourself.

Industry: Marketing and Advertising | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Copywriting, Technology, Creative Technology, Design, Art Direction, Visual Design

Who Can Apply: Undergrads, Recent Grads

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2017


Superfly

Industry: Entertainment | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Social Media, Graphic Design

Who Can Apply: NA

Deadline to Apply: NA


TEKsystems: a leading IT provider that works hard, and plays even harder

TEKsystems is rooted in the one thing that every company wants, but doesn’t necessarily have: a kick ass culture. Seriously, there’s a reason they’ve been named Fortune Magazine’s “Top Places to Work For” for the fourth consecutive year and tend to celebrate their wins with piñatas and dance routines. Learn how you can grow your career at this powerhouse and why you’ll love learning from pros who not only love what they do, but have a blast while doing it!

Industry: Information Technology and Services | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Recruiter/Sales Management Trainees

Who Can Apply: Undergrads

Deadline to Apply: NA


Time Inc: the mastermind behind a bounty of brands and stories

Time Inc. is best defined by its kingdom of over 100+ brands, some of which you likely know, or already love: People, Sports Illustrated, Time, InStyle, Real Simple, Food & Wine, Fortune…oh, you’re still reading? We’d thought you’d be applying by now!

Industry: Publishing | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Advertising Sales, Video, Technology & Product Engineering, PR/Events, Human Resources, Editorial, Marketing

Who Can Apply: Undergrads

Deadline to Apply: NA


Viacom: fueled by a world class culture, and bevy of brands

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Viacom is comprised of networks that you’ve probably spent years obsessing over and getting sucked into. We’re talking about fav’s like MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, TV Land, and more—but there’s more behind these digital media and content masterminds. Don’t wait to integrate yourself into an industry of creatives, and getting your start at this creative empire.

Industry: Entertainment | Careers/Internship Page

Types of Roles: Advertising Sales, Marketing, Research

Who Can Apply: Undergrads

Deadline to Apply: May 2017


 

 

What are you waiting for? Get those applications in!

Is there a company you know that we should add to this list? Had a great internship experience you’re dying to share? Share in the comments!

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