What does a Professional Intern do?

Interns are high school or college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience with a company in a field that piques their interest and possibly leads to future employment. They work for a select amount of time in departments and locations to better understand what the job entails. Depending upon their placement and program, they perform various tasks, from shadowing staff, to administrative assistance, to tackling in-depth projects with fellow interns.

Interns need a well-written resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation to prepare and submit with their application. Depending upon where they apply, there may be additional requirements including PowerPoint presentations or writing samples. Because organizations might hire from the intern pool, it is in an intern's best interest to maintain a professional and friendly demeanor to establish rapport with appropriate team members.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Professional Intern Salaries

Average Base Pay

$43,666 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$26K
Median: $44K
$74K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Professional Intern Career Path

Learn how to become a Professional Intern, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Intern
$40,103/yr
L3
Senior Intern
$44,802/yr
L4
Lead Intern
$40,103/yr
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Professional Intern Insights

Read what Professional Intern professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
U.S. BankU.S. Bank
Intern
Feb 19, 2020

“Everyone I worked with was super nice and super willing to help if I ever had any questions.”

University of California BerkeleyUniversity of California Berkeley
PhD Candidate
Feb 27, 2020

“Everyone at Berkeley is overworked and really busy and probably won't answer your email.”

Boston Public Health CommissionBoston Public Health Commission
Intern
Jun 25, 2020

“Everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed the work because I knew I was helping people.”

Chacon Diaz & Di Virgilio Wealth Management
Intern
Jul 12, 2021

“Guillermo and James are amazing and intelligent people who really look to better you as a person.”

AerogenAerogen
Intern
Feb 26, 2021

“My manager was very encouraging and motivating and let me know when I was doing a good job.”

TMF GroupTMF Group
Summer Intern
Jan 10, 2021

“I had a summer to fill and good work experience opportunities were few and far between.”

Weber ShandwickWeber Shandwick
Digital Intern
Nov 17, 2021

“Great place to start my career as there is great exposure and got to learn a lot.”

LabcorpLabcorp
Intern
Sep 23, 2021

“It was a pretty stable and consistent job that had a great balance between independence and cooperative assignments.”

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Professional Intern Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a professional intern

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The most common qualifications to become a professional intern include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.