“What’s a Pathway intern?” We hear this question quite a bit, so we’ve decided to explain how Pathway Interns fit into Nelnet’s team. Put simply, Nelnet’s Pathway Internship Program acts as an entry-level internship position.

Rather than working in a specific role, our Pathways explore multiple departments across Nelnet to get a feel for where their passions and talents may lie. An average Pathway intern will spend time not only job shadowing professionals, but conducting real-world work that they can use in their portfolios. Our Pathways also spend time building incredible friendships through a variety of activities.

Real-World Work: Presentations

Each Pathway gives two presentations during the internship: one with a partner and one that is presented to Nelnet’s chief executives. These presentations are used to help Pathways organize what they’ve learned in their position, develop connections with fellow interns, and gain an in-depth understanding of Nelnet businesses.

Learn From the Pros: Lunch and Learns

Throughout the semester, our Pathways are treated to lunch while they learn from and network with various Nelnet departments and team members. Each Lunch and Learn lasts for 90 minutes ­– 30 minutes for lunch, 30 minutes for announcements and activities, and a 30-minute presentation from department heads or other Nelnet team members.

Getting to Know Nelnet and Lincoln: The Scavenger Hunt

Each semester, our Pathway interns are split into teams and sent on an expedition around downtown Lincoln with nothing more than a selfie stick, a set of clues, and their own brilliant minds. The winning team is rewarded with gift cards and bragging rights, so competition between the interns is fierce.

During the hunt, they search for specified people, places, and things at Nelnet locations around Lincoln. This allows Pathways the opportunity to familiarize themselves with downtown Lincoln and Nelnet’s various buildings, while having a fun afternoon with peers.