The 20 Best Internships In America

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Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn make Google's internship look pretty fun in "The Internship," which opened on Friday, and the movie is surprisingly accurate.

Google remains the best internship program in America, according to ratings by interns at career site Glassdoor.

In terms of pay, Microsoft interns earn the most, with an average monthly base pay of $5,869. JP Morgan is the highest-rated financial company on the list and made the biggest improvements, jumping nine spots, compared to last February.

To qualify companies have to be currently hiring interns and have at least 20 intern reviews posted on Glassdoor.

20. UBS Financial Services

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3.7 out of 5 internship rating
2.4 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$1,859 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Interning at UBS is a great opportunity to see how a top tier financial firm operates. If you work in the right WM group, you will learn a lot about the business.” — UBS Financial Services Intern (New York, NY)

Con: “The only downside is the size. It is difficult to network outside of your department or branch.” — UBS Financial Services Intern (New York, NY)

“The firm could improve on the training and responsibilities it provides its interns. I found that I was not being challenged to my full potential by the job responsibilities.” — UBS Financial Services Wealth Management Intern (Orlando, FL)

19. Scottrade

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3.8 out of 5 internship rating
2.6 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$1,805 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Great coworkers. Unlimited access to financial tools. Great learning opportunities. Excellent corporate culture and communications with the home office.” — Scottrade Intern (Edmond, OK)

“This is a great place to start as a first internship, because if you're willing to ask questions there is a lot to learn. The work environment is super chill if you have a bunch of chill coworkers.” — Scottrade Intern (location n/a)

Con: “Positions above branch manager are only in St. Louis and Denver, and are very competitive. Great for an internship but not necessary and ideal career path.” — Scottrade Intern (Boston, MA)

“Much of the information you learn is very firm specific. An intern will not be able to answer many of the questions due to regulations.” — Scottrade Intern (Edmond, OK)

18. Accenture

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3.8 out of 5 internship rating
3.0 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$3,509 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Working in a team composed of people of different seniority lets you learn from each of them. Clients usually are famous companies from different industries.” — Accenture Intern (Milan, Italy)

“The people are very helpful and approachable, get to start work on "real jobs" immediately at the start of internship, give you responsibilities from day one.” — Accenture Consulting Intern (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Con: “One of the biggest cons would be a lack of official training program from the interns.” — Accenture Analyst Intern (Sydney, Australia)

17. Deloitte

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3.9 out of 5 internship rating
2.8 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,070 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Deloitte really goes all out for their interns, sending each one to their new Deloitte University. Good experience overall got to see of a lot the audit and do valuable work even though it was summer.” — Deloitte Audit Intern (location, n/a)

“The company is very committed to its employees. Interns are treated just like full-time staff and given plenty of opportunities.” — Deloitte Audit Intern (Houston, TX) 

Con: “If you're an intern, the permanent hires may take little notice of you. So it's important for you to really make yourself noticed.” — Deloitte Intern (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)

“Typical problems of large firm: bureaucracy, competition from within for projects, can sometimes feel intimidating due to talent of employees, very hierarchical structure.” — Deloitte Intern (Washington, DC)

16. IBM

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3.9 out of 5 internship rating
2.8 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$3,944 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Pay was really high compared to what I'm supposed to get for being so junior. Nice office, really cool building, and really great people. A flexible schedule, yoga lessons, and gym. The company is really large and you feel like you belong.” — IBM Software Engineer Intern (Ottawa, Ontario)

“Tech giant with massive resources and really talented people. You work on products that are touched by millions in mission critical areas. For such a big company, it feels very nimble.” — IBM Software Engineer Intern (Austin, TX)

Con: “Slow work effort, it takes too much time to get anything done.” — IBM Intern (Markham, Ontario)

“Because of the hierarchy, the progress in any project is usually slow. It is not as competitive a company as it use to be before and is being overtaken by other companies.” — IBM ETI Intern (location, n/a)

15. Amazon

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3.9 out of 5 internship rating
3.3 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$5,539 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Very supportive team mates who helped constantly raise the bar by asking the right questions and putting the foot down at the right time.” — Amazon Software Development Engineer Intern (Seattle, WA)

Con: “None of the perks of the normal Internet companies. A lot of options for lunch in the areas around the campus, even if a bit expensive sometimes.” — Amazon Software Development Engineer Intern (Seattle, WA)

14. Merrill Lynch

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3.9 out of 5 internship rating
2.2 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$1,704 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Management offered sound advice and were wide open to formal and informal conversations throughout the office. The culture cultivated a pristine and honorable environment that I enjoyed working in throughout the two year internship.” — Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Internship (Philadelphia, PA)

“My internship at Merrill Lynch made me more connections than I could imagine. I had more job offers than any of my friends at graduation. Months before I was graduating I had multiple employers competing to have me join their company.” — Merrill Lynch Intern (location, n/a)

Con: “Depends on what teams you're assigned to, some interns do useless, monotonous work and others get interesting tasks and more exposure to securities and clients.” — Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Intern (New York, NY)

“Getting your foot in the door in financial services can be tough and this internship, while interesting and fun, will not guarantee you a future position with the company.” — Merrill Lynch Financial Services Intern (Fort Worth, TX)

13. General Electric

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3.9 out of 5 internship rating
2.9 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$3,134 average monthly base pay

Pro: "Very helpful coworkers. Got me involved in interesting projects that were relevant to where I wanted to take my career." — GE Intern (location n/a)

Con: "It is a pretty large company, so projects don't move as quickly as in smaller companies and it's hard to see all the aspects of the projects you are working on." — GE Intern (location n/a)

“They can do better in terms of compensation. I guess the name on your resume makes up for the non-competitive pay.” — GE Business Intern (Schenectady, NY)

12. Ernst & Young

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3.9 out of 5 internship rating
2.9 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,200 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Great teams and lots of opportunities to take on work that you otherwise wouldn't be able to ... experience. The teams are open to you trying new things and taking on responsibilities greater than expected of you. Lots of mentorship from all levels.” — Ernst & Young Assurance Intern (San Francisco, CA)

Con: “Too much work to be done in too little time by trainees.” — Ernst & Young Intern (Karachi, Pakistan)

“Hours will be long and you are always pushed out of your comfort zone, this can be a positive if you have the right attitude.” — Ernst & Young Intern (Redwood Shores, CA)

11. MTV Networks

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4.0 out of 5 internship rating
2.5 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
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Pro: “Fun, hip and modern work place with a young demographic. Dress is casual and people seem interested in meeting others. Easy to be hired as an intern.” — MTV Networks Intern (New York, NY)

Con: “Easy to blend in because the company is so large, and you will be forgotten if you do not network and make sure people remember you.” — MTV Networks Creative Music Integration Intern (Santa Monica, CA)

“Little mobility within the company and limited benefits turn me off from this company. The atmosphere, while fun, can seem a bit unprofessional at times.” — MTV Networks Intern (New York, NY)

10. Cisco

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4.0 out of 5 internship rating
2.6 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$3,904 average monthly base pay

Pro: "Flexibility and work/life balance is unmatched. Free movie tickets, tickets to amusement park, free frequent lunches, great gym, free train pass, lot of intern events with free food, pays for your tuition." — Cisco Intern (San Jose, CA)

“Great company with many different possibilities, tons of different and interesting projects to work on. Everyone there was always really nice and willing to help with any questions I had.” — Cisco Software Intern (San Jose, CA)

Con: "Since its a big organization, promotions and increments are not very frequent and can take time. But again, if you are talented and hardworking, you will get promotions and increments for sure." — Cisco Intern (San Jose, CA)

“They have a poor retention policy for interns and rarely recall interns from previous years or give them full time offers.” — Cisco Software Engineer Intern (San Jose, CA)

9. JPMorgan Chase

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4.0 out of 5 internship rating
3.1 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,031 average monthly base pay

Pro: “There is a great culture in J P Morgan Chase. People are usually friendly, actually more friendly than I had expected. Willing to teach what they know, even when I was just an intern.” — JPMorgan Chase Intern (Columbus, OH)

“Paid really well and included bonus, great networking opportunities, felt like a valued member of team.” — JPMorgan Chase Financial Analyst Intern (location, n/a)

Con: “Sometimes the work is not consistent at an intern level so you have to make due with what you have and really reach out.” — JPMorgan Chase Intern (New York, NY)

“Managers expect a lot, if you want to stand out you must out in long hours despite being a full-time student.” — JPMorgan Chase Intern (New York, NY)

8. Nordstrom

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4.0 out of 5 internship rating
2.9 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$2,064 average monthly base pay

Pro: "A wonderful work environment. Learned a lot about sales had the opportunity to work really hard and make a good amount of money as a college intern." — Nordstrom Intern (Bethesda, MD)

Con: "I would have loved to stay with the company and move throughout however you have to work your way throughout the company. They hire everything within which could be seen as a pro or a con." — Nordstrom Intern (Bethesda, MD)

“Disillusionment on the glamorous and fun side of retail. Pushes too hard for the ideal situation when that never really happens.” — Nordstrom Retail Management Intern (Boston, MA)

7. KPMG

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4.1 out of 5 internship rating
2.8 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$3,819 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Well structured training programs, potential for growth, excellent networking opportunities.” — KPMG Tax Intern (Minneapolis, MN)

"Very friendly people, nothing is ever too much and people always willing to help. Also given a deal of responsibility for a junior position." — KPMG Intern (London, England)

Con: "Systems are very complicated when first join. Often not clear what work is meant to be completed by when, can sometimes be sprung upon you." — KPMG Intern (London, England)

“Only assign very basic work that doesn’t require a lot of skills. The management is very lean and everyone works very hard and long hours.” — KPMG Management Intern (Singapore)

6. PricewaterhouseCoopers

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4.1 out of 5 internship rating
2.8 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,162 average monthly base pay

Pro: “People at PwC really take an active role training and caring about the personal development of their interns and not simply treating them like the beasts of burden they can dump excess admin on. I was really surprised at how open everyone was and how quick they were to integrate me into their team.” — PwC Intern (Tokyo, Japan)

"You are treated very nicely, taken out to lunches/dinners, become immersed in different work and no day is the same. Very good pay!" — Former Assurance Intern (Florham Park, NJ)

Con: "If you are offered a position then you are one of the best that means you are working with a lot of very talented people so you can get easily out-shinned by your peers while in other companies you could be the leader." — Former Assurrance Intern (Florham Park, NJ)

“The hours are killer. For me at least, everyone was wary about communicating the intensity of busy season, but nothing can quite prepare you for three months of 70 hour weeks and working weekends.” — PwC Financial Service Representative Intern (New York, NY)

5. Intel

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4.1 out of 5 internship rating
3.0 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,734 average monthly base pay

Pro: "Fast paced, impactful technology, fun intern activities." — Intel Intern (Santa Clara, CA)

“Intel offers good work atmosphere and flexible hours. The team I worked with as an intern was very supportive. Various training are available from time to time.” — Intel Graduate Technical Intern (Bangalore, India)

Con: "Manager and mentor were too busy, my project didn't start until the 3rd week of the internship due to disorganization." — Intel Intern (Santa Clara, CA)

4. Procter & Gamble


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4.3 out of 5 internship rating
3.3 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,057 average monthly base pay

Pro: “This is a great place to get hands on experience. You're internship mimics what full time employment is like within the company so it allows you to weigh the pros and cons before deciding on an offer.” — Procter & Gamble PS&RA Intern (Cincinnati, OH)

"Incredibly smart and helpful co-workers. Great compensation and benefits. Amazing career opportunities. Real and meaningful projects as an intern." — Customer Business Development Intern (location n/a)

Con: "You don't know your work location until two months before work starts. Meaning that you have to accept a job offer without knowing where you will be placed." — Customer Business Development Intern (location n/a)

“Very hard, many hours worked. Expect to work minimum of 50 hours a week. Alot of people will sign back on and work around 8 o clock.” — Procter & Gamble Marketing Intern (Cincinnati, OH)

3. Microsoft

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4.3 out of 5 internship rating
3.2 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$5,869 average monthly base pay

Pro: "All people are helpful. We create products that impact the world. During my 3-month internship, I learned more than one academic year in college." — Programming Intern (Redmond, WA)

“Chance to work with top-tier researchers; Somewhat flexible working time; Collaborating with engineers to combine research with real-world applications; Courses for interns in software development; Many great academic talks by professor around the world; Good beverage and cafeteria.” — Microsoft Intern (Beijing, China)

Con: "Not very clear on what you are supposed to do, minimal training." — Microsoft Intern (Knoxville, TN)

“Everything happens very rapidly and if you cannot keep up you cannot survive in the company.” — Microsoft Premier Support Intern (Ankara, Turkey)

2. Qualcomm

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4.4 out of 5 internship rating
3.1 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$4,593 average monthly base pay

Pro: “The internship program is so strong that I immediately felt apart of the team and involved in each step of the way through the various projects I assisted them with. The people are friendly, smart, driven and fun.” — QUALCOMM Public Affairs Intern (San Diego, CA)

"As an intern, housing and transportation is provided." — Qualcomm Intern (La Jolla, CA)

Con: "Very quick pace, need to be very bright to keep up." — Qualcomm Intern (La Jolla, CA)

1. Google

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4.6 out of 5 internship rating
3.4 out of 5 interview difficulty rating
$5,832 average monthly base pay

Pro: “Google treats interns even better than full time employees. All of the employees all the way up to VP personally spend time with you and take your opinion.” — Google Platforms Project Manager Intern (Mountain View, CA)

Con: “You will be surrounded by extremely smart people. It can be intimidating at times. Long hours can occur when deadlines must be met.” — Google Intern (Los Angeles, CA)

"If you are not an engineer, product manager, or manager, Google may not be the most prestigious or well-paying company to work for." — Google Intern (New York, NY)

Source: Glassdoor

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