- Internships are increasingly important for college and graduate students.
- In a survey of 13,000 former and current interns, Google, Apple, and Facebook were ranked as the most prestigious internships.
- Some of those internships pay up to $8,000 per month.
Career-intelligence platform Vault asked more than 120 companies with internship programs to distribute their internship survey to past and present interns. More than 13,000 interns responded.
One of the survey questions asked interns to rate how prestigious other employers were. They received a list of top companies and were asked to rate them on a scale of one to 10. A score of ten meant “It’s a dream job!” while a score of one meant “No one wants to work there.”
Vault then averaged the ratings and ranked companies from 1 to 50. The full ranking is available here.
We listed the top 17 internships and got their pay information from Glassdoor. (Some pay hourly, others pay monthly.)
We also found some of these internships’ most enviable perks, including great mentorship programs and free housing.
See if your dream internship is on the list below:
Median pay: $11 an hour
Why it stands out: ESPN frequently hires interns for full-time roles, Kristen McKenna, ESPN senior director of talent acquisition, told Cosmopolitan.
Median pay: $28 an hour
Why it stands out: Depending on the location, offices are stocked with gyms, basketball courts, tennis courts, and other amenities, former interns wrote on Quora. Interns also benefit from the option of having a six-month-long internship — a step up from the norm of 10 weeks.
15. Berkshire Hathaway
Median pay: $13 per hour
Why it stands out: One doesn’t just have to work in investment or finance to work for Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. Berkshire Hathaway seeks interns in accounting, claim operations, programming, and other fields.