Internships: The Best Places to Start

More than just résumé-padding, these summer opportunities have become great tools for students and employers to find that perfect fit

Elana Gerasimova spent the summer of 2006 working as an intern for JPMorgan's emerging markets desk. The University of Pennsylvania senior enjoyed the summer in New York because of the variety of tasks she was given and the executives she had the opportunity to work with. "They really made a point to give us actual projects," says the 22-year-old native of Bulgaria. "I loved it and then I got an offer to come back." Now Gerasimova is a first-year analyst with JPMorgan (JPM) investment bank, No. 8 on BusinessWeek's inaugural 50 Best Internships ranking.

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