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The 25 Highest-Paying Internships in the US

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Daniel
6 May 2019
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Internships are the best way for students to position themselves for a bright future career. Getting the right internship that provides mentorship and suits your interests is the right combination for an early career start.

Using data compiled from Glassdoor, we found the 25 highest-paying internships in the US. By showcasing Glassdoor’s rating, recommend to a friend rating, CEO approval rating, and pros and cons from past intern reviews, we expect this to be a useful resource for college students who aim high and want the best for themselves.

Contrary to popular belief, many internships do pay.

We just found the ones that pay the most.


25 highest paying internships in the US based on data from Glassdoor

Highest paying internships in the US based on Glassdoor

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*Pros and cons are based on past intern reviews on Glassdoor.


1. Microsoft Internship

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Average Microsoft Intern Salary: $7,478/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Recommend to Friend: 97%

Approve of CEO: 99%

Pros:

Microsoft is vastly described as having a robust intern program that sells interns on honest work that keeps them engaged, leading to meaningful contributions to the company. This is coupled by a tremendous mentorship from seniors and teams full of diverse and intelligent people, giving interns a well-rounded education and experience as they cruise through their internship. Some notable mentions of their benefits are: free transportation system, cheap employee restaurants, health benefits and good compensation.

Cons:

Working for a trillion-dollar company means even interns work long hours. The enormity of the company leads to large department sizes that make interns feel like they’re a very small part of a whole. Some have described it as feeling like a cog in a machine. Change happens slowly given the scope of the company, with lots of bureaucratic processes in place.


2. LinkedIn Internship

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Average LinkedIn Intern Salary: $7,453/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.9

Recommend to Friend: 99%

Approve of CEO: 99%

Pros:

Amenities are plenteous and lots of events to keep any intern occupied and engaged. Interns are housed in the same housing complex to build camaraderie and to build off of each other’s support. From top to bottom, interns live and breathe the company’s culture and enjoy working at LinkedIn, leading to effective interdepartmental collaboration. The company feels like “a small company feel even with 1000+ employees”, as aptly described by one intern.

Cons:

Interns have described the tech department as needing greater diversity among its employees as most appear to be male. LinkedIn appears to be afflicted by a common problem experienced by companies similar in size: slow-moving bureaucracy. Getting things done is often met with necessary bureaucratic permission, which results in less than ideal pace in change.


3. Google Internship

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Average Google Intern Salary: $7,382/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Recommend to Friend: 95%

Approve of CEO: 94%

Pros:

Work/life balance tops the list among interns when describing their intern program at Google. A flexible and relaxed workplace that enables interns to thrive by providing a range of tools and services to help them remain focused and get the job done. Interns have the opportunity to work with colleagues who they describe as brilliant, highly skilled professionals who leave their egos at the door.

Cons:

In a sizeable company as Google, interns have at times felt alone in their work. Despite this, there are many people in each department so it can also feel overwhelming for an introvert. Some have also pointed to the lack of diversity in leadership positions, notably in the lack of women in those roles. Those looking to move up feel the weight of the competition.


4. ExxonMobil Internship

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Average ExxonMobil Intern Salary: $7,280/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Recommend to Friend: 92%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

For a non-software company, ExxonMobil’s compensation for interns is one of the best.  The company’s culture greatly promotes communication between teams, which helps cultivate a healthy work environment that is both challenging and engaging for interns. The projects interns work on noticeably adds value to the company and provide a wonderful opportunity to be placed in a position to be immersed in high-level work and trusted by team members.

Cons:

Work is hard and long hours await interns. Work/life balance tends to skew more towards work because of the level of competition among interns and high expectations placed on them. While other interns have complained about the rigid ranking system that evaluates them without considerations for more human elements that ought to be promoted.


5. Yahoo Internship

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Average Yahoo Intern Salary: $7,107/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.7

Recommend to Friend: 97%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

From weekly intern events and parties to free lunches and dinners, Yahoo makes sure its interns feel accepted in their company. Outside of the perks, challenges given to interns feel tough, but rewarding as the potential to make an impact is large. More than anything, working at Yahoo as an intern is a fruitful learning experience because of the scale of the work is coupled by excellent mentorship.

Cons:

Interns have concerns over the company’s general lack of innovation and the precariousness of the company’s future. At times, management don’t have the authority to provide interns with full-time employment at the end of their internship program. Some have said that the slow-paced bureaucratic procedures of the company are a microcosm of the company’s inability to keep with the times.


6. VMware Internship

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Average VMware Intern Salary: $7,107/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.9

Recommend to Friend: 96%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

The valuable work interns work on at VMware allow them to position themselves better for full-time employment with the skills and experience they gained. The mentorship pairing only enhances the opportunities for interns. Even for interns, they are able to enjoy incredible perks and benefits: 401K, retirement plans, healthcare plans and gym.

Cons:

Some interns were disappointed by food not being free and the inflexibility in the housing allownace, especially in the San Francisco Bay area. While some have found the flexible work schedule and option to work from home led to detrimental results on office culture as much of the work they do is team-oriented.


7. Facebook Internship

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Average Facebook Intern Salary: $7,036/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.4

Recommend to Friend: 92%

Approve of CEO: 95%

Pros:

Interns are undeterred by Facebook constant appearance in the media. That’s because interns are given challenging and impactful projects that help them with their advancement in their career. The internship program they undergo is meticulously planned and structured, appealing to a diverse range of people’s interests. All the while providing excellent feedback that go a long way as they start their burgeoning career.

Cons:

Interns feel they are overworked at times and under the high expectations. Work/life balance takes a hit under these pressures while hand-holding is kept to a minimum. Some interns describe the pace at Facebook as too fast-moving, resulting in band-aid solutions and redundancies from a lack of communication.


8. Apple Internship

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Average Apple Intern Salary: $6,760/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.7

Recommend to Friend: 95%

Approve of CEO: 95%

Pros:

Real work and real responsibilities is how interns would describe work as an Apple intern. Apple’s internship program does a fantastic job of inserting interns into positions where they are truly interested in the project at hand. It’s a fast-paced environment outfitted with passionate, innovate and intelligent people looking to effect impactful changes with their input.

Cons:

Interns felt Apple’s large emphasis on secrecy impacted their work because of confidentiality concerns. Competition between interns led many to stay longer hours than expected in hopes of getting a leg-up on other interns. And because everyone is busy, many felt they had to lean on themselves a lot to find answers to problems they encountered.


9. Amazon Internship

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Average Amazon Intern Salary: $6,760/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.1

Recommend to Friend: 92%

Approve of CEO: 93%

Pros:

Interns at Amazon feel they’re a part of a hyper-effective company capable of highly-efficient operations and flexibility despite the immensity of its scale. You share your space with the best in your field, and interns feel they strive for more as a result. Tutelage from mentors and individually-owned projects give interns the best of both worlds for their projects to contribute to the company’s success.

Cons:

Interns are expected to learn quickly on the job as the pace of the work culture demands for it. The high expectations from interns can lead to burn out as work can creep into the life of interns outside of work. The company’s demands for greater productivity leave many feeling their long-term health is sacrificed for company goals.


10. NVIDIA Internship

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Average NVIDIA Intern Salary: $6,413/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.9

Recommend to Friend: 99%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

Known to hire from those who participate in their internship program, NIVIDIA has been regarded as one of the best places for an intern to work. The open work environment is conducive for cross-collaborative projects and make for easy communication between teams. With flexible work hours, colleagues willing to help, fair treatment, interns don’t have to search far for a rewarding place to work than here.

Cons:

Few intern events has disappointed some interns. If you’re an intern as a  software developer, some have complained about vast tracts of legacy code that takes time to get familiar with. Some get lost in the process, which leads to a lot of frustration. Amenities are also fewer than expected, such as a lack of a gym, pool or workout areas, while food is also seen as subpar.


11. Qualcomm Internship

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Average Qualcomm Intern Salary: $6,413/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.1

Recommend to Friend: 87%

Approve of CEO: 99%

Pros:

Interns really band together at Qualcomm to produce an unforgettable internship experience. Everything provided to interns is excellent: work, pay, housing. All these benefits are a large part of the equation for Qualcomm’s internship program to give interns the best experience they can get as they prepare themselves for full-time employment.

Cons:

When it comes to work, interns have surmised about being paired with projects and teams that don’t suit their interests or social compatibility. Others have mentioned how sometimes their projects don’t make a full deployment despite all the work they’ve put in.


12. Valero Energy Internship

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Average Valero Energy Intern Salary: $5,893/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Recommend to Friend: 98%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

Meaningful work, mentorship program and intelligent colleagues sum up the internship program at Valero Energy. Interns have found they have the freedom to do independent work and feel they are fruitfully contributing. On an aside, the company also promotes community involvement to the degree where some interns regularly volunteer at local food banks during lunch.

Cons:

Interns have found the work environment to be too political at times and, at other times, find work to be fairly lacking. Some are disappointed to learn that there was a lack of full-time opportunities after graduating from their internship program.


13. Intel Corporation Internship

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Average Intel Intern Salary: $5,893/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.4

Recommend to Friend: 91%

Approve of CEO: 98%

Pros:

Being an intern at Intel is like feeling like a full-time employee. Your distance from interacting with high-level staff is short and your ability to build connections with those prominent in the tech industry is a treasured experience. The mentorship program along with supporting supervisors make interns feel as though they are always learning and given a lot of room for personal growth.

Cons:

The quality of supervisors is great, but they are said to be scarce in number. Some find it hard to navigate the corporate feeling inside the office. Others have found there isn’t much cross-team collaboration.


14. Chevron Internship

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Average Chevron Intern Salary: $5744/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.3

Recommend to Friend: 99%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

Interns have said that coworkers are eager to help interns grow and learn as much as possible. They’ve also said that interns are treated like full time employees and worked on projects that mattered to the company. With the company being very accessible to interns through intern tours, giving competitive benefits packages, and helping interns learn as much as they can, Chevron is a great choice for interns.

Cons:

Decentralization can make communication difficult at times and the technology in terms of some computers and phone systems can be slightly outdated. There also could be a lack of gender diversity because of the history of the industry. Finally, some processes can be too bureaucratic, requiring many approvals and slowing down processes.


15. Adobe Internship

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Average Adobe Intern Salary: $5547/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Recommend to Friend: 93%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

Adobe is known for its great culture and employees. Interns get to work on very interesting projects that are pushing boundaries while maintaining a generous work life balance. Employees and mentors are known to be very helpful and friendly which makes the internship an amazing experience for interns.

Cons:

Some interns have said that the internship is rather free which can be both a good and bad thing. Interns sometimes have to take an active stand and find their own project. In addition, some interns have stated that the internship can vary based on the departments so the experience is not as consistent as one would like it to be.


16. Tesla Internship

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Average Tesla Intern Salary: $5027/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.8

Recommend to Friend: 94%

Approve of CEO: 91%

Pros:

Interns have said there’s a massive learning opportunity in terms of technical skills and that they have the freedom and ability to make decisions that significantly impact the company. Surrounded by passionate and brilliant employees that are always happy to help, Tesla offers internships that provide interns with a rewarding experience through interesting and challenging problems to solve and ownership over their projects.

Cons:

At times, some interns have mentioned that there can be a lot of pressure and long working hours, depending on the team. Overall company morale can also be slightly unstable due to situations in the media and upper management.


17. NetApp Internship

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Average NetApp Intern Salary: $5027/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.6

Recommend to Friend: 89%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

With its casual approach, supportive coworkers, and overall great atmosphere, NetApp proves to be a great option for interns. Interns are given interesting projects that provide valuable learning experiences, and planned activities and events help integrate interns into the rest of the company.

Cons:

Depending on the group/team, interns can experience a very heavy workload or a very light one. So, it can vary quite a bit. Also, since it’s not the most competitive culture, interns sometimes have had to take the initiative to ask for more work to do.


18. Salesforce Internship

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Average Salesforce Intern Salary: $5027/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.7

Recommend to Friend: 100%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

A great company culture, valuable learning opportunities, helpful and supportive teams, and fun team events all make Salesforce a great option for prospective interns. Salesforce provides many perks and resources to learn and gives interns the responsibilities and freedom of a full time employee. Interns are also encouraged to meet as many people as they can within the company from coworkers to senior level employees.

Cons:

Some interns have stated that the work could be a little bland at times and that connecting with other interns and teams could be difficult if you’re younger than 21 or don’t drink as many social events had alcohol.


19. Boeing Internship

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Average Boeing Intern Salary: $4986/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.1

Recommend to Friend: 87%

Approve of CEO: 98%

Pros:

Interns get exposed to all aspects of the business and are provided with great learning experiences while maintaining a balanced work-life balance. Boeing offers competitive benefits and upward mobility for their interns, and allows for a casual dress code to make their interns feel comfortable and valued.

Cons:

Projects can be slow at times and some of their technology is outdated. Since Boeing is an older company and so large, “old-school thinking” has been noted to be prevalent in some departments and it can feel a bit intimidating for interns.


20. KPMG Internship

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Average KPMG Intern Salary: $4873/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.2

Recommend to Friend: 78%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

Interns have said that the culture is very inclusive, diverse and overall great. Teams and coworkers are extremely helpful and easy to work with and interns feel that the company truly cares about the well-being of all of its employees. Interns get to do a lot of hands on work which results in learning many valuable skills.

Cons:

The hours can be overwhelming at times and unpredictable, especially during busy seasons. Some managers might also be hard to work with but sometimes it simply takes time for interns and managers to learn how to work together.


21. Lockheed Martin Internship

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Average Lockheed Martin Intern Salary: $4862/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.4

Recommend to Friend: 98%

Approve of CEO: 97%

Pros:

A strong mentor program with valuable resources and the ability to apply analytical skills in a professional environment allows Lockheed Martin to provide an impressive internship program. Management has been known to be accommodating for interns when projects don’t feel right for them (whether it is too hard or too easy). With a great company culture that fosters creativity and utilizes interns’ work to make significant impacts on the company, Lockheed Martin’s internship programs have great reputations.

Cons:

Some interns have said the very large size of the company made it difficult to meet other people within the organization. Other interns have also said that interns can be underutilized depending on the team.


22. PwC Internship

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Average PwC Intern Salary: $4853/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Recommend to Friend: 88%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

Due to the nature of the job, interns get to be exposed to many different industries which provides for valuable learning experiences. The culture is known to be very welcoming and coworkers and team members make the effort to show that they value the interns’ time and efforts. There are also many fun social events that help integrate interns into the company.

Cons:

The work-life balance can be difficult at times, especially during the busy season. Some interns have also stated that the environment doesn’t necessarily encourage personal creativity.


23. EY Internship

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Average EY Intern Salary: $4853/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.7

Recommend to Friend: 99%

Approve of CEO: 100%

Pros:

EY’s has been known for its amazing company culture and a great place to really learn accounting, financial analysis, and general business thinking skills. Filled with young and ambitious people who are very approachable, interns felt supported and that they had the tools to succeed.

Cons:

Work can demanding and stressful at times and some interns have stated that they felt their work wasn’t as meaningful/impactful as they would have wanted.


24. Deloitte Internship

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Average Deloitte Intern Salary: $4853/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.4

Recommend to Friend: 96%

Approve of CEO: 99%

Pros:

Interns get to help with meaningful projects and learn a tremendous amount in the process. Many social events help interns integrate with full time employees and the company culture strives for a social, comfortable, and collaborative atmosphere among all employees.

Cons:

Some interns have stated that there was too much bureaucracy in where processes were slower than they would have liked, and that the work sometimes consisted of tedious tasks that weren’t that impactful.


25. Ericsson-Worldwide Internship

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Average Ericsson-Worldwide Intern Salary: $4853/month

Glassdoor Rating (out of 5): 4.4

Recommend to Friend: 83%

Approve of CEO: 72%

Pros:

A great work environment that allows for creativity and professional growth has attracted many interns to work for Ericsson-Worldwide. Known for an amazing and diverse culture that is casual and flexible, interns get to hit the ground running and make meaningful impacts right off the bat but are still given ample time to absorb the information from their training.

Cons:

Since it’s a very large company, processes can be a little slow. Also, due to the volatility of the telecom industry, there can be an impact on the day-to-day lives of Ericsson-Worldwide’s employees.


Methodology: Oneclass’ 25 Highest Paying US Internships report ranks companies with the highest average monthly pay for internships as reported by U.S.-based interns on Glassdoor. The internship details provide information on internships in general from a specific company, covering a variety of internship roles rather than one specific position. Internships considered must have at least 25 salary reports. In cases where companies have equal average monthly pay, the company that has more salary reports ranks higher.

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