This story originally ran in September 2017.
The tech industry is famous for having some of the best internships around. From free food, to impressive monthly stipends, Silicon Valley is the place to be for college students hoping to get an engineering job after graduation.
While everyone knows about the perks of corporate tech, we wanted to find out for ourselves what it’s really like to intern in Silicon Valley. So last month we visited the Sunnyvale, California, campus of LinkedIn — the employment-focused social network that Microsoft acquired last year.
LinkedIn hires about 300 interns each summer and spreads them out among its offices in Sunnyvale, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Singapore, and Bangalore. Those interns have a great shot at a full-time job at the company. About 69% of last year’s intern crop eventually were hired by LinkedIn.
Our tour guide for the day was Ana Carolina Mexia Ponce, an interface engineering intern who will be a senior this fall at Stanford. She showed Business Insider what it’s like to intern at one of Silicon Valley’s big companies.
Here’s what we saw.
For most people at LinkedIn, the day starts at 9 a.m.. The company’s main campus is in Sunnyvale, California, about an hour south of San Francisco.
LinkedIn’s Sunnyvale campus has 15 different buildings, and it’s about a 15-minute walk from one end of the campus to the other.
Some employees take Caltrain, the commuter train that runs between San Francisco and San Jose, to get to the campus. Many others drive. A lot of employees have electric vehicles.