A few unconventional internships that offer learning opportunities while school is out:

The Onion, a satirical newspaper and Web site with an office in Chicago, as a graphics assistant. www.theonion.com/jobs.

The U.S. State Department in a foreign embassy. www.careers.state.gov/students.

Google , in various cities, including Beijing, in the areas of sales or
e-commerce, online advertising, online quality assurance. (Google, like some other companies, asks intern candidates unusual questions, such as “How many barbers are there in New Delhi?”) www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/students.

The CIA, in the National Clandestine Service, the covert arm of the agency, in the areas of business, information technology, security, science or engineering. www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities.