Internships in Kansas City—or K.C., as it’s called—are steeped in a deep tradition of jazz and barbecue, and landscaped by fountains and boulevards. Interns in Kansas City can uncover the city’s musical roots at the historic 18th and Vine jazz district, where Charlie Parker once lived and worked; sample its famous spicy slow-cooked barbecue; and wander the 200 fountains that have earned it the nickname “City of Fountains.” Forbes magazine named it one of America’s best downtowns in March 2012. The Kansas City Power & Light District provides shopping and entertainment for nine blocks—and allows consumption of alcohol in open containers where the rest of the city does not.
The largest employer in the city is the United States Government, so Kansas City internships are fertile training grounds for students hoping to support the Internal Revenue Service, the General Services Administration, the Social Security Administration, or the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Other headquarters in the city include Hallmark Cards, American Century Investments, Russell Stover Candies, and H&R Block. Kansas City internships participate an economy that makes up 20.5% of Missouri’s Gross State Product and fall under the major industries of government, transportation, business, education, and health.