6 Famous and Succesful People Who Started Out as Interns

6 famous and successful people who started out as interns.

Many of us have been there, in college, high school, or even as a kid -- Trying to get a real world look and opportunity to climb the career ladder. Internships can actually get you somewhere and Hollywood has proof. According to HuffingtonPost, here are 10 examples of celebrities that have worked their way up before making it big.

1. Steven Spielberg

The award-winning producer Steven Spielberg started his career in an unofficial internship with Universal Studios when he was 17 years old. Spielberg snuck onto the studio lot (he wasn't granted access) and networked with directors, even creating a short film that found its way into executives' hands. Universal heads were so impressed that they offered him a seven-year contract. The rest is history. Featureflash / Featureflash /

2. Tom Hanks

Before he was a movie star, Hanks was a college kid interning for the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He gained stage confidence and a wealth of theater production experience. Helga Esteb /

3. Oprah Winfrey

The famed TV host got her start at WLAC-TV, a CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tenn. She did such a good job delivering the news that the program brought her on full time as an anchor-reporter. ' Featureflash /  

4. Spike Lee

The controversial director worked at Columbia Pictures after receiving a mass communications degree at Morehouse. s_bukley /

5. Bill Gates

The computer wiz and philanthropist had interests outside the tech world. Gates worked as a Congressional page at age 17. JStone /

6. Sean Combs

The media mogul begged rapper Heavy D to put him in contact with NYC's Uptown Records. The company's executive, Andrew Harrell, gave Diddy an internship which he worked while also studying at Howard University. Featureflash /


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