The ideal summer internship will teach a college student the basics of an industry, help get their foot in the door of an entry-level job and maybe even provide a little fun along the way. Boozy internships do all of the above—from learning the ins and outs of making beer, wine and spirits to traveling around Europe—all while allowing for plenty of time to throw back a cold one every now and then.
While these internships may sound like a dream come true to all aspiring professional drinkers—they’re certainly more interesting than the typical summer job spent making copies, filing papers and fetching coffees—there’s one important catch: Most positions require applicants to be at least 21 years old. That means college seniors and anyone who’s recently graduated are in prime position to score these coveted spots. Ready to break into the industry? Here are the six internships that will give your career a boozy jumpstart.
Brewery Internships ($10-20 per hour)
Plenty of breweries both big and small host interns at their facilities to tempt impressionable, newly-minted 21-year-olds into a career in fermentation. Get your hands dirty at a craft operation like Stone Brewing and learn all about how your favorite brew makes it into the bottle and onto shelves. Or see if you can fit in at a massive global company like Anheuser-Busch, doing everything from marketing to manufacturing. Either way, you’ve got to know your product (and your competition) so study up by testing the wares with your fellow interns and coworkers.
Gin-tern ($25,000 for six months)
Stateside internships require their freshest faced employees to reach drinking age before coming on board. But across the pond, boozy interns can sign on at the age of 18—a fact made even sweeter by the existence of ILoveGin’s travelling “Ginternship.” The lucky soul selected for this magnificent program bounds from distillery to distillery, meeting with distillers to research new gin-making techniques and learn about industry developments, sampling the wares to identify new partner brands, and (we assume) making plenty of G&Ts. The only catch? You must live in the U.K. While the punny position has already been filled for 2017, we’re betting every intrepid British drinker is hoping they’ll have another shot next year.
Brand Ambassador Internship ($15 per hour)
While many brand ambassadors are celebrities who can throw their fame behind a bottle for serious paychecks, the vast majority of ambassadors at smaller brands or retailers are just outgoing, brand-loyal representatives. These internships will help set you up with the skill you need for engaging with customers at events and making deals with local distributors and bars—the primary roles of any good ambassadorship. And don’t worry: There are also plenty of opportunities to sample the product during these routine duties while you lead tastings. You wouldn’t want your clients to drink alone, would you?
World of Beer’s “Drink It” Internship ($12,000 for four months)
An internship spent drinking beer is pretty epic. An internship spent drinking beer for free is next level. An internship spent drinking beer for free while travelling around the country to festivals, events and breweries, all while posting the sudsy adventures on social media to give all their friends serious FOMO—well that just seems like wishful thinking. Lucky for all aspiring beer aficionados, it’s not. The World of Beer tavern chain has enough locations—and enough beer—to keep three “Drink It” interns employed and entertained all summer long. Some years the program is domestic, sending interns all around the country, while other years it sends them abroad on once-in-a-lifetime tours of Europe.
Winemaking / Harvest Intern ($15 per hour)
Vineyards already work on a seasonal schedule, following the planting and harvesting of grapes, so it makes sense that they would take on extra hands for the autumn harvest and the initial stages of fermentation. Whether or not you’re planning to pursue vinification as a career, joining a winery in the fall will give you a glimpse into the culture and process of making wine—including the chance to taste wine that’s finished and in progress.
Technomobile’s Web Development Program (Unpaid, but may lead to a full-time position)
Not all boozy internships are at companies making or selling beer, wine and spirits. If you’re not looking to make a career in the beverage industry but you’d still like to sip while you work, look east to Japan, where the IT firm Technomobile will pair your entry-level web dev training with a cold one. While tech is the primary focus of the program, drinking is an integral part of the Technomobile company culture, so it’s only logical that you’d go through a trial period to see if your drinking style meshes with that of established employees. Go ahead, have a Sapporo while you code.