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4 summer internships that offer high pay and lots of perks

Alyssa Pry
Personal Finance Reporter

If you want to beef up your resume in college, internships are a great way to do it. Three-quarters of college students will graduate with at least one internship, according to a Bloomberg report. They also increase your odds of getting a job: 63% of college graduates who had a paid internship got a job offer six months after graduation.

While deadlines for summer internships have already passed, it’s still fun to dream, right? These four internships go above and beyond with high pay and some insane perks.


Google was named the most prestigious internship in an annual study by Vault.com. Interns make around $6,500 per month, and are paired with a full-time employee throughout the summer to learn the ropes. There’s also plenty of free food, free transportation, on-site gyms and massage therapists at the office. The internship program is so famous, it was the subject of its own movie.


If you’re looking for an internship that will pay you two times what the average American worker makes, snag a gig with Facebook. The social media giant pays their software engineer interns $8,000 a month, according to Glassdoor. They offer a housing stipend of $1,000 a month, and former interns say they were given access to every department—no coffee runs here!


If the idea of working in an office during the summer makes you cringe, maybe exploring the outdoors is more your speed. Interns with Harley-Davidson’s “Find your freedom” intern program spend 12 weeks, May through August, traveling across the U.S. on a Harley motorcycle, attending meetings and events and posting to social media. If you pass a training course and manage to secure an endorsement, you’ll even get to keep your bike.

World of Beer

It may seem too good to be true, but there is a job that exists that pays you to travel…and drink! Brewery chain World of Beer offered four lucky interns (of drinking age, of course) $12,000 to travel, check out beer festivals and events, and post their experiences on social media. You can check out last year’s intern adventures on their site.


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