Three-day weekends are for ski trips, Netflix binge sessions, catching up on sleep, and…. job hunting. That’s correct! The extra day off of work or school is prime time for digging into the latest job openings, researching hot companies, and preparing your application materials (hint, hint: revise your resume for each application).
January is the perfect time to start looking for and applying to summer internships. There are some super cool opportunities to work at some of the best companies in the world, so the competition is high. But if you jump on applying during this three day weekend, you’ll be ahead of the pack.
College students, check out the companies and internships below. Other folks, this is one article you should email, text, Facebook and share with the students in your lives.
Internship Details: According to Facebook’s career page, an internship with the company is all about “the chance to move fast, be bold, and build products and services with impact has never been greater. At Facebook, we have a saying that the journey is only one percent finished. … We have tons of exciting opportunities available for university grads and interns who want to help us in our mission to bring the world closer together.”
What Interns Say: “Structured internship program is transparent about your evaluation and gives rich and actionable feedback. Lots of recreational activities for different peoples’ interests.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: Google accepts interns for its engineering, technology, and business programs. “Our interns are a part of Google—involved and solving problems from the start. As a technical intern, you are excited about tackling the hard problems in technology,” it writes of its technology interns. Meanwhile, “business interns come from all backgrounds, bring their diverse talents to drive the business, grow our people, and put the user before all else,” according to the website.
What Interns Say: “Free food, smart people, hard problems, big data. They fly you down for orientation. If you get lucky, your team might fly somewhere too!” — Former Intern
Internship Details: If you’re looking for perks, an internship at Yahoo!—or its parent company Oath—might be the way to go. According to its website, “having fun at work isn’t optional. Today, a table-tennis tournament. Tomorrow, a string quartet. We encourage employees to collaborate and suggest unexpected ways to make our offices a happy place to hang.”
What Interns Say: “Free food, fun events, balance life and work, learn lots of things there, very open, give intern works that in the real product. After the internship, you can see how your work impacts the world.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “At Microsoft, our interns work on projects that matter—and your team will rely on your skills and insights to help deliver those projects to market,” according to Microsoft’s website. “You’ll get the opportunity to work on real projects and have fun along the way. This is your chance to show off your skills and work on cutting-edge technology. We offer internships in all job families and product areas.”
What Interns Say: “World-class researchers, dynamic environment, and a lot of opportunities to collaborate. Researchers have quite a lot of freedom in picking research projects, both within and outside of their own team. Groups are also formed spontaneously. Overall, highly recommend! As an intern, I learned a lot.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: Disney offers careers and internships in everything from data to finance and performance. “Synonymous with quality entertainment and cutting-edge technology, The Walt Disney Company impacts a global audience every day,” its site says.
What Interns Say: “Best company I’ve ever worked for. If I was part-time instead of College Program (or if I could afford non-Disney-provided housing, I would’ve stayed and tried to do a different role. Not hard to move up. Lots of CPs end up loving their job so much they use Transfer Genie to apply for a part-time job and move into a regular apartment.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “Want to create change?” Morgan Stanley asks on its website. “At Morgan Stanley, we raise the capital that builds the things that change the world.” Internships are available in several regions, including Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.
What Interns Say: “People are nice and collaborative. Standard is high and will help you do your best all the time.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “A P&G co-op [internship] offers the opportunity to experience all that we have to offer—our work, our people, our values and our culture,” P&G writes online. “We believe there is no better way to learn about these things than to participate in them firsthand. If you are a results-driven individual with strong communication and technical skills, one of our administrative co-ops, including our SuccessWay program, could be a great first step in your career.”
What Interns Say: “They let you really own your project and learn how to be an independent thinker. At the same time though, they give you so much mentoring, support, and resources so that you can be set up to succeed so long as you take the initiative to be engaged and take charge of your own success.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: As an intern at HP, you could “Build the foundation of your incredible career story, while still pursuing your academic degree,” HP writes on its website. “Your journey entails exciting and meaningful projects and personalized mentoring and coaching. Above all, you will have the opportunity to connect, learn, and make history with 50,000+ HP professionals through our social learning platform, Brain Candy, or at numerous networking events.”
What Interns Say: “I really enjoyed interning at HP. The company has great corporate ethics, everyone is welcoming even to interns, they are flexible with work-life balance and you can even work from home. Great place!” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “Want to do more than push paper and make coffee?” Quicken Loans asks on its website. If so, “You’ve come to the right place. Our intern program is as diverse as our business. From day one, you’ll be working side by side with other team members, gaining priceless, hands-on experience across a (surprisingly massive!) variety of fields. You could work in Technology, Marketing/Creative, Customer Service, Sales, Human Resources and more – whatever speaks to you and your goals. Tell us your interests, and we’ll find your perfect fit. Our interns interact in a high-energy, super fast-paced environment to impact our business on a daily basis. No matter the location or team, the work you’ll do is critical to our success. You’ll do real work, earn real pay and have real fun.”
What Interns Say: “So many opportunities to shadow different members of the company and lots of intern programming. Can work on real projects and pay is great.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: Chevron’s internship program “provide you with an opportunity to expand your knowledge and benefit from invaluable on-the-job experience,” according to Chevron’s website. Internships are available in business development, engineering, health, policy, human resources, finance, procurement, technology, and more.
What Interns Say: “Great work environment, great community, and employees are treated better than anywhere I’ve worked.” — Former Intern
11. NBC Universal
Internship Details: According to its website, “The NBC Universal Campus 2 Career Internship Program offers one of the most competitive media opportunities in the industry. Named one of the Top 10 Internship Programs in 2012, we give students real-life experience, robust learning opportunities in the classroom and on the job, and creative ways to network and meet fellow interns and employees.”
What Interns Say: “Incredible culture and people. All very willing to help and grow young professionals. Perfect experience for someone in college right now looking for a fun and exciting place to work. They prepare you very well for your future.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “Expand your interests. Bring a fresh perspective. Let yourself be challenged.” That’s what Liberty Mutual Insurance promises of its internship programs on its website. “It’s exactly what you’ll experience as a participant in Liberty Mutual undergraduate internships and development programs. For our hundreds of student interns and program participants, meaningful positions often lead to full-time job offers across the country. Come contribute to a variety of impactful business assignments, test your skills and use your academic knowledge in real world experiences.”
What Interns Say: “Amazing company! The atmosphere was great and everybody was super helpful.” — Former Intern
13. Pepsi Co.
Internship Details: Pepsi Co. recruits across college campuses for internships in information technology, finance, human resources, marketing, research and development, sales, and supply operations, according to its website.
What Interns Say: “Great rotational work, was given a large amount of accounts to grow and an environment that was very self-driven.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: According to its website, “Intel has a well-developed internship program; we’ve hired thousands of students over the past few years. Our goal is to provide real world, thought-provoking internships to undergraduate and graduate-level students. Historically, more than 60 percent of interns go on to accept full-time opportunities after graduation. Internships are a great way to learn about Intel’s business and develop a network of contacts for the future.”
What Interns Say: “Fellow colleagues were very intelligent, respectful, and committed to their work. Good work-life balance. Fair amount of autonomy and responsibility as an intern in R&D.” — Former Intern
15. State Farm
Internship Details: State Farm hires interns for its “Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois and for our Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix metro area facilities,” according to its website. Internships last 11 weeks. Plus, State Farm promises, “we offer the right balance of work and fun, with business acumen/career workshops, mentorship and networking programs.”
What Interns Say: “I was provided the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge about insurance and the many lines of businesses. I was able to work in a team which motivated me and cultivated growth. The environment is really nice, everyone want to see you win and will help you as much as possible.” — Former Intern
16. eBay Inc.
Internship Details: According to eBay’s website, “We hire brilliant students to come join eBay as interns, so we make sure they work on meaningful and important projects that directly impact eBay’s business. (We don’t want you just twiddling your thumbs!) As an intern you also actively participate in Hack Week, Intern Conference and Intern Showcase. When you are not busy learning new things, you’ll be making new friends at the many outings, events and adventures that will be planned to enhance your internship experience.”
What Interns Say: “eBay is the hub of mobile development in Portland. If you’re looking to learn a lot about mobile, this is definitely the place to build your knowledge. Very smart people and great office culture here. Free daily breakfast too!” — Former Intern
17. Under Armour
Internship Details: “With a brand like ours, you should expect an internship that’s unique,” Under Armour promises on its website. “And that’s exactly what we offer. Our paid internships accept students in the fields of design, arts and sciences, engineering and technology, and business. For about 12 weeks, students hit the ground running, do real-world work and experience a city like no other. Upon arrival, students go through the same training as our corporate employees. Which means they spend about three days getting to know Under Armour inside and out—from products to the business to distribution. Throughout the rest of their time, students are given a hands-on, self-driven project that makes a business impact. They’ll work one-on-one with a mentor, and have access to learning seminars like Q&A sessions with our executives. And with our focus on cross-functionality and global mindset, interns get to see how their work goes way beyond themselves.”
What Interns Say: “Under Armour really challenged me and allowed me to have great exposure and insight into the sports industry. I was able to work cross-functionally and meet people who worked in areas I never thought I would touch. My manager was great in challenging me but in also helping me understand the industry and what was necessary in my line of work.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “At Apple, interns are an important part of the team,” Apple promises on its website. “Whether you sign on for a summer internship or a co-op during the academic year, you can work on critical projects, in the U.S. and around the world. As part of the Apple community, you’ll get a unique perspective on our process and those who lead it. See individual listings to learn about specific internships.”
What Interns Say: “Learn from top-notch engineers and the ability to work on groundbreaking projects.” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “BCG’s consulting internship programs give students from many disciplines and backgrounds the opportunity to get a true feel of what it’s like to work at BCG—and to experience the life of a consultant,” according to its website. “Working as an intern at BCG is more than an opportunity to bolster your résumé. It also offers the potential to launch a career at BCG, as a vast majority of our interns receive offers for full-time positions.”
What Interns Say: “Steep learning curve but everyone is willing to help you along the way as long as one makes the effort and have the right attitude. People culture definitely a big plus!” — Former Intern
Internship Details: “We offer three-month internship opportunities that give you the flexibility to continue to work on your degree while making strides in your career,” Qualcomm writes on its website. “Students from across the US join us each summer for meaningful and challenging project work that allows them to work alongside industry experts. If you have already achieved your goals on your campus, we invite you to ours.”
What Interns Say: “Interns get a ton of perks. They will fly you out and pay for all of your housing expenses. Engineering homerooms were a neat opportunity to meet other interns. They also hosted various other social events. Company culture was pretty laid back and having an office was a nice benefit on top.” — Former Intern