Celebrity Interns

Practical work experience and a chance to mentor under the top executives in their field can be invaluable to a young mind. And getting an internship is exactly how this can be achieved. We all have to start somewhere. Here’s how these stars got their start.

MALIA OBAMA

The eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama landed an internship with famed producer Harvey Weinstein, set to begin in New York in February 2017.


BROOKE SHIELDS

The actress interned at the San Diego Zoo for a month in 1983 to fulfill a high school work experience requirement. One of her assignments was to clean and maintain the koala exhibit, where she also got to cuddle the cute bears.

 

TOM HANKS

In the late ’70s, the actor worked as an intern at the Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland. His duties included building sets, hanging lights, and yes, acting on stage.

AZIZ ANSARI

The comedian and Parks and Recreationand Master of None actor interned for the business department of the satirical news site The Onion while he was a marketing student at NYU in the early ’00s.

 

OPRAH WINFREY

Before she became a famous talk show host and media mogul, Oprah began her broadcast career as an intern at WLAC Television in Nashville in the ’70s. She moved up the ranks and became the station’s first female African-American news co-anchor.

BROOKLYN BECKHAM

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham‘s eldest child is a budding photographer who once interned for British fashion photographer David Sims. The teen shot a campaign for Burberry in 2016.

PRINCESS BEATRICE

Prince William and Prince Harry‘s cousin and daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, interned for Sony Pictures in 2014. After the company was hacked that year, leaked documents showed she worked as an intermediate production coordinator and earned an annual salary of $30,000, The Daily Mail reported. Sony and Buckingham Palace did not respond.

 

ASHLEY OLSEN

The Full House alum-turned-fashion designer interned for Zac Posen.

“She was present through a season in the studio one to two days a week, and I tried to create as hands-on an experience for her as possible,” Posen told People in 2007. “She came in person and knocked on the door to get her internship, which is four steps farther than most interns go. She had that drive and that’s what makes someone special.”

 

SHENAE GRIMES

The 90210 star interned for Teen Vogue in 2011. Before she joined 90210, which aired between 2008 and 2013, she was an intern for the show Fashion Television in her native Canada.

 

LAUREN CONRAD & WHITNEY PORT

Of course, Teen Vogue‘s most famous intern is Conrad, whose life and career was chronicled on MTV’s The Hills in the ’00s. During her internship interview, Conrad met Port, who also starred on the reality show.

 

SEAN AVERY

In 2008, NHL star Sean Avery interned for Vogue. During his internship, he guest-edited Mensvogue.com, which was shut down later that year, and helped with photo shoots.

CONAN O’BRIEN

Before he became a talk show host, he worked as a congressional intern to House Representative Barney Frank in Washington, D.C.

MINDY KALING

Before she was an actress and star of The Office and The Mindy Project, the actress began her entertainment career as an intern on Late Night with Conan O’Brien at age 19, when she was a college sophomore in the late ’90s.

VANESSA BAYER

The SNL star is also a former Late Night With Conan O’Brien intern. She appeared on Conan O’Brien‘s TBS talk show Conan in 2014 and shared a throwback photo of the two.