4 Stars Who Were Once Interns
Don't feel so bad if you're spending your summer fetching coffee
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2014 11:35 AM CDT
In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, Oprah Winfrey smiles before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Stuck in an internship for the summer? Don't fret; you could end up a global media icon or a huge TV star if you follow the path set by the seven celebrities rounded up by College Candy. Four standouts:

  • Mindy Kaling: Interned for Conan O'Brien at 19, before landing her role on The Office and, eventually, her own show, The Mindy Project.
  • Oprah Winfrey: She got started in her career by interning at a Nashville TV station. She then became a reporter, then a co-anchor, and the rest is history.

  • Anderson Cooper: Interned at the CIA for two of the summers he was at Yale, but ended up going the journalism route instead.
  • Kanye West: He actually interned after becoming famous—he wanted to get into fashion, so he interned for Fendi in Rome about five years ago at age 32, and he claimed they really did make him fetch coffee (well, cappuccinos).
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