The 20 best companies to intern for in 2013
In today’s day and age, every student in college has been taught the importance of an internship. Sit in on any career-building class and you’ll hear professors telling their students to get as much experience as they can if they want to land that dream job after they graduate.
Fortunately, job review and career site Glassdoor.com compiled a list of the 20 best companies to intern for in 2013. The ranking is based off of the company's rating, interview difficulty and average monthly base pay according to the site’s millions of company reviews from recent interns
In Glassdoor’s second annual report of the Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now, Google took the number one spot with the highest pay and the best company rating, although they also ranked highest in interview difficulty. Some of the more prominent names featured in the top 10 included Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
And boy do these companies have perks! Gone are the days where interns worked for free and were just happy to list a company on their resume. On this list of companies, the average base pay ranges from as high as $6,462 a month (Google) to as low as $4,042 (JPMorgan Chase).
The report even shares real intern reviews by doling out the pros and cons to help you decide which work environment would suit you best. For example, one Qualcomm interim engineering intern from Bangalore, India praised the company with this review: “Each intern is assigned one mentor and one manager so you get a lot of attention. There are team outings, quizzes and the workplace itself is full of energy. Innovative thinking is encouraged and the work load is well balanced.”
Then on the flipside, a past Google software engineering intern from New York recalled a frustration she had with the company: “Since Google has grown so much, it’s harder to get things done/it takes a really long to push code or get things out there.”
But before you get caught up dreaming about your huge monthly salary and amazing mentor you’ll have at your awesome new internship – first you have to wow your future employer during the interview. Fortunately, Glassdoor has that covered too!
As part of the report, past interview candidates shared some of the wackiest questions they were asked so you can better prepare yourself. Among some of the more interesting questions, one Ernst & Young tax intern was asked: “Are there enough hours in the day?”
Oh and the ultimate perk of this list? All of the companies are currently hiring interns as of February 2013. So there you go undergrads – Glassdoor already did the hard part for you, now you just have to apply!
You can find the full list at Glassdoor.com.