Meaningful, Engaging Internships? Nelnet Does That.
Nelnet interns work with real projects and experienced mentors. We'll give you the chance to use your skills and advance your career – here or wherever your experience takes you.
More Than Student Loans
Yes, we’re a student loan servicer. But that’s not all. Nelnet is an education expert, renewable energy advocate, and fiber internet pioneer (just to name a few). We’re also dedicated to serving your career – even if it doesn’t lead here. At Nelnet, you aren’t “just an intern”. You’re a professional. With these opportunities, you’ll be treated like it.
Launch your IT career at a Fortune 1000 company and work with the best and brightest in the industry. We hire IT development interns throughout the year. User experience design, software development, web accessibility, application security – wherever your interests lie, you’ll be a valued member of the team.
In-depth experiences starting day one – with the potential for full-time hours during the summer. You’ll work on impactful projects in departments like accounting, corporate recruiting, innovation, marketing, finance, and more. You will also receive the opportunity to participate in professional development events designed specifically for our interns.
Still trying to decide which field you want to pursue? As a Pathway intern, you’ll spend a full academic year rotating through multiple Nelnet departments to define your career path and discover new interests. And who knows? That path could involve a traditional internship or a full-time position down the road.Learn Moreabout our Pathway Program
Passed your LSAT? Spend 9-12 months working on real-life projects with our legal team. You’ll conduct research, analysis, and review/draft contracts while learning how business law is applied in a variety of Nelnet departments.
Featured Benefits and Perks
Unpaid internships aren’t a thing here. You’ll earn real money for doing real work.
We’ll help you build a schedule that works for you and your new team.
Jeans, tees, and Nelnet swag are the norm here (but you can dress it up if you want).
Full access to exercise routines and diet tips – plus, you could earn an extra $100 per quarter for completing wellness challenges.
After six months, you’ll start earning 401(k) contributions – and we’ll even match them.
You’ll have the opportunity to network with and learn skills from talented teams who know their stuff.
Nelnet Internship FAQ
- What is Nelnet?
We started in Lincoln, Neb. as a student loan servicer. Today, we’re the largest servicer in the country – but we’ve grown to be even more. We’re an innovator, payment processor, startup accelerator, and fiber internet pioneer. With 6,500+ associates in 30 communities across the globe, we’re dedicated to serving others.
- What direction will Nelnet be heading in the future?
While Nelnet will continue serving student loan borrowers, one of our core values is to pursue opportunities for diversification and growth. That means actively investing in each of our business lines and innovating to bring new products and businesses to market that match our areas of expertise. Check out each of our divisions – Nelnet Business Services, Nelnet Communications Services, Nelnet Diversified Services, and Nelnet Financial Services – to explore many of Nelnet’s business lines.
- Will my hours be flexible?
While it depends on your department and manager, we want you to have an awesome internship experience without sacrificing your education. Intern schedules are generally flexible and agreed upon by an intern and their mentor.
- What type of experiences are interns exposed to?
As an intern, you will work on projects relevant to your business line, network with professionals and other interns, and participate in job shadowing. Depending on your field of study, you can also craft copy, write code, perform research, or help create process improvements to benefit your department.
- What makes an internship with Nelnet unique?
Authenticity and respect. If you receive a Nelnet internship, you’ve earned it for a reason. You’ll complete real, impactful projects while receiving support, mentorship, and feedback from your mentor.
Plus, our leadership team (all the way up to the CEO) is invested in your development. They’re happy to meet with interns to answer questions, discuss business ideas, or chat about career paths.
- What are the impacts of COVID-19 on a Nelnet internship?
While so much has changed in the life of students during the current pandemic, Nelnet is committed to providing the same sentiment to our intern program that we always have. Depending on the role, you can likely expect to work remotely, receiving Nelnet technology to help effectively complete your tasks.
Additionally, you will work with a supportive and virtually-present team to transition into your internship with ease. Whatever the case – internship opportunities will remain available and the interview and on-boarding process will occur virtually. We’re in this together!
I’m passionate about helping others, because even the smallest things make a world of difference. Nelnet gets that
- Christine, IT Intern
The mentors here taught me a lot about how to apply all that I’ve learned in college. I’m so thankful for my time here.
- Hannah, Former Pathway Intern
Nelnet knows there’s not just one way, one path to follow. We evolve with the market and the world instead of hoping it forms around us.
- Elijah, Former Software Development Intern
The teams I worked on were (and still are) incredibly supportive and helpful in developing my software engineering skills.
- Tim, Former Software Development Intern
I learned to better articulate the things I’m working on and collaborate with my teammates whenever we faced tough problems. That helped me communicate effectively with my current team at Google.
- Vinay, Former IT Pathway Intern
The essential part of the Pathway Program is the opportunity to work with intelligent mentors. It impresses me how people here love their jobs and work hard to bring the company closer to their targets.
- Ram, Former Pathway Intern
I truly can’t imagine a better team environment than this. I’ve found myself becoming more confident in my own abilities and better able to recognize strengths in others.
- Rachel, Former Recuiting Intern
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