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Landing a product management internship is not always easy, but there are lots of great companies looking for enthusiastic people.

If you are hoping to get into the product management field, there are some great opportunities at some high-end companies. A product management internship may be open to you at a company you would never have thought of. 

Below is a list of companies that have internships available and that also get good reviews from the people they hire for those positions. They treat their interns well while offering a great paid learning opportunity.

1. Tesla

Tesla is probably the biggest name on this list and they have a roster of global internship programs to match. Departments in which they offer internships include (and are not limited to): Operations & Business Support, Supply Chain, Engineering & Information Technology, Legal & Government Affairs, Construction & Facilities, Sales & Customer Support, HR, and Design. The list of over 100 internship opportunities is definitely worth taking the time to carefully go over.

  • Majority of the internship programs are full-time and set to start in the Winter of 2024 (January/February through May)
  • On-site: Amsterdam, Berlin, California, Japan, Texas, New York, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Paris, Brandenburg, and Illinois.
  • Qualifications vary per program
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2. Apple

Passion for innovation is a requirement to be able to intern at Apple. They offer internships in many departments and there are several worth looking into to jumpstart your career in product management, depending on your background and the skills you want to develop.

  • Interships available in many countries and Apple campuses
  • Minimum Qualifications: Working toward BS, MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or similar degree

3. Samsung

Samsung is a Korean company that happens to be one of the biggest producers of devices such as TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, network systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. They offer a number of internships including one on Consumer Market Insights. Here you will be tasked to make sure that the voice of the Gen-Z consumer is fully understood and represented in business decision making and strategic planning.

  • On-site: Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
  • Minimum Qualifications: Must be enrolled in an accredited University and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA

4. Microsoft

Microsoft doesn't offer quite as much internship opportunities as the others on this list and their qualifications are admittedly high. To get in, you'll have to make sure you are more than just academically qualified but also have a passion for fresh ideas and perspectives. Find out if you're the intern they need for their Computer Vision program.

  • On-site: Redmond in Washington, New York in New York, and Cambridge in Massachusetts
  • Minimum Qualifications: Currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science or similar (mathematics, EE, etc.) and will have a minimum of one quarter, semester or term to complete after finishing an internship

Final Thoughts

If you are looking to get your foot in the door while you are in school, finding a product management internship is really helpful. There are many companies both large and small that have great programs to help you build up your CV as well as teaching you the ropes of your chosen profession.  You may ask how to get an internship with no experience but in reality, you don’t need practical experience for some of them. There is generally some expectation that you will be in school or are finishing up a related program. Some are looking for BA’s and others require master’s degrees. Some companies will even help you get graduate degrees while doing an internship.

Many companies pay well, mentor, and teach many of the things you need in the business world when it comes to being a product development intern. A quick search of good internship opportunities helps you find one near you or somewhere around the globe to enhance your experience. If you are just starting out, the more info you have, the better the opportunities you can find.

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Ben Aston is an online media entrepreneur and founder of Black & White Zebra, an indie media company on a mission to help people and organizations succeed.

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