Nelnet interns get real hands-on work experience, along with real awesome perks. Start your career at a place that puts you first.

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IT Internships

Launch your IT career at a Fortune 1000 company on the cutting edge of innovation. Within one of Nelnet’s diverse IT development and support teams, gain hands-on experience while working with the best and brightest in the industry.

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Traditional Internship

The real-life experience you’ve dreamed about in the field you’re passionate about. Work on impactful projects in Nelnet departments like innovation, marketing, finance, and more.

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Pathway Program

Spend a full academic year exploring four different Nelnet departments. As a Pathway intern, you define your career path by choosing departments based on your area of focus: Business and Innovation, Finance and Investments, or Technology.

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Take It From Our Interns

The Nelnet experience is unmatched.

Featured Benefits and Perks

Get Paid

“Unpaid internships” aren’t a thing here. For doing real work, you’ll be compensated with real money.

Flexible Hours

We get it. Finding an internship that fits with your schedule is tough. We’ll make sure you can have an awesome Nelnet experience without impacting your studies.

Casual Dress

Don’t worry about wearing work clothes to class. Jeans and tees are the norm around here. Bonus points if you’re wearing a Nelnet logo.

Various Locations

Our internship program offers opportunities across multiple locations, including Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Texas.


Network with pros, build your portfolio, and show off everything you accomplish while you’re here.


Nelnet is filled with the brightest minds out there, so you’ll have the opportunity to learn skills from talented teams who know their stuff.

Nelnet Internship FAQ

  • Nelnet started in Lincoln, Neb. as a student loan servicer. Today, we’re the largest servicer in the country — but we’re more than that. Nelnet is a technology company, payment processor, startup accelerator, and a fiber internet pioneer. We have 6,500+ associates working in 30 communities across the globe.

  • While Nelnet will continue serving student loan borrowers, one of our core values is to “pursue opportunities for diversification and growth.” We’re actively investing to grow each of our business lines, but also innovating to bring products to market that align with our areas of expertise.

  • Another one of our core values is to “create an awesome work environment.” While flexibility of schedule can vary by department and manager, many associates do enjoy a flexible schedule, helping them achieve a great work/life balance. Intern schedules are generally flexible around school obligations, too.

  • Interns in Nelnet’s Pathway Program dive into four different departments throughout the course of a year. Within those departments, interns work on research projects relevant to the business, network with professionals and other interns, and participate in job shadowing.

    Depending on an intern’s field of study, they also craft copy, write code, perform market research, or complete other projects that utilize the intern’s skillset to benefit the department.

  • Interns complete real, impactful projects while receiving support and feedback from their manager. They also participate in rich intern programming, such as fun events and mentorship from tenured interns!

    Plus, our leadership team is invested in the development of our interns. They’re happy to meet with interns to answer questions, discuss a business idea, or chat about career paths.

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