Who fetches coffee?

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Last school year, Matthew Hanzelka did an internship with a financial planner, helping develop a monthly e-mail newsletter and taking on special projects while finishing coursework at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

But his wasn't a traditional type of internship, complete with a small workstation in an otherwise unused corner of an office. All the work was completed from the comfort of the house he and his roommates lived in, and he mainly communicated with his boss through e-mail and telephone.

College students across the country are beginning to embark on summer internships, often one of their first chances to apply concepts learned in the classroom to an actual workplace. Increasingly, however, defining the office casual dress code isn't necessary, as some interns aren't making regular appearances in the office at all.

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