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25 Highest Paying Internships in America for 2017

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

Last Updated July 28, 2020

Gone are the days when interns were relegated to coffee runs and note taking. These days, interns at some of America’s most popular companies are responsible for high-level engineering, engaging marketing projects, and Q&A sessions with executives. Of course, there are fun activities like summer parties and intern class bonding trips.

But perhaps the biggest perk of some of America’s best internships is the pay. According to Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports, the median annual salary for a full-time U.S. worker is currently $51,350. However, if interns at these companies worked a full 12 months, their salaries would range from about $96,000 at Facebook (#1) to about $55,000 at Bank of America (#25), much higher than what the average full-time American worker earns. Whoa!

Whether you are a parent looking to help your child land the internship of their dreams or a college student looking ahead to the next life-changing opportunity, here are the 25 highest paying internships in America.

  1. Facebook

Median Monthly Pay: $8,000

Internship Details:  Facebook’s open culture, world-class mentors and opportunities for real impact are just a few reasons why their intern program was ranked #1 on Glassdoor two years in a row. Discover for yourself what makes interning at Facebook the ultimate learning experience.

What Interns Say:Amazing perks (free food, snacks, transportation, housing (own bedroom and bathroom!), as well as completely paid for intern events on the weekends.” Former Software Engineer Intern

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  1. Microsoft

Median Monthly Pay: $7,100

Internship Details: “If you aspire to be a software developer and are currently majoring in a technical field like Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering, consider Explore Microsoft. Our 12-weeks summer internships program is designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores and offers a rotational experience.”

What Interns Say: “Meaningful intern projects. Great diversity of teams: Microsoft has their hands on absolutely everything, so you get to talk to a lot of very smart and interesting people. Probably has the best intern benefits out there. Intern events are amazing. I've had great mentors. It's a great time to join Microsoft in the midst of its reinvention.” —Former Software Engineer Intern

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  1. ExxonMobil

Median Monthly Pay: $6,507

Internship Details: As an intern within ExxonMobil you get a well-defined task and will be coached by a dedicated ExxonMobil coordinator. “Each internship task contributes to the business and will give you a ‘taste’ of a typical starting position within ExxonMobil. Internships vary greatly in duration and content. The various subjects cover virtually all aspects of the engineering and the economist work: process simulation, safety studies, monitoring software, economic studies, etc.”

What Interns Say: "Great place to start and develop a career. There is a major focus on professional development and management takes your interests very seriously.” —Former Software Development Intern

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  1. Salesforce

Median Monthly Pay: $6,450

Internship Details: Salesforce interns and new graduates work on real projects that affect how the business runs, giving them the opportunity to make a tangible impact on the future of the company. “With offices all over the world, Futureforce recruits have the chance to collaborate and connect with fellow employees on a global scale. Salesforce offers job shadowing, mentorship programs, talent development courses, and much more.”

What Interns Say: “Salesforce truly does a great job of making you feel like a part of the team, they have been very helpful throughout my career.” —Former Client Service Intern

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  1. Amazon

Median Monthly Pay: $6,400

Internship Details: Amazon is an “innovative and fast-paced workplace; there is ample opportunity for you to work on complex and challenging problems that can impact millions of Amazon customers. Our internship program is a great way to explore working at Amazon and gain hands-on experience across different disciplines. To help support interns' growth and ability to deliver on projects, Amazon offers them robust training modules, on-the-job and experiential learning methods, guided mentorship, and a senior leader presentation series.”

What Interns Say: “Great supervisor, great benefits, great location, great work experience. I learned a ton in this position that I believe will serve me well in future endeavors.” —Former Human Resources Intern

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  1. Apple

Median Monthly Pay: $6,400

Internship Details: “At Apple, interns are an important part of the team. 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.”

What Interns Say: "Very innovative culture, supportive teammates and management; it’s run like a series of small startups instead of global company, makes it very easy to take ownership of work.” —Former Hardware Engineering Intern

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  1. Bloomberg L.P.

Median Monthly Pay: $6,400

Internship Details: “After initial orientation and training, you’ll start contributing to projects immediately. Managers will give you constructive feedback and career advice, and through work seminars and cultural and philanthropic events, you’ll gain even more insight into Bloomberg’s culture here. You will also hear from leaders from across Bloomberg’s businesses throughout the course of the summer.” And if you do well in your internship, there’s a good chance you’ll get to interview for a full-time position.

What Interns Say: “Phenomenal company culture which makes employees excited about coming to work everyday. Great benefits and access to cultural institutions. Beautiful office space in a great part of Manhattan - free food, drinks, etc.” —Former Intern

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  1. Yelp

Median Monthly Pay: $6,400

Internship Details: Yelp hosts roughly 150 interns each year and they take a lot of pride in the program, which consists of three 3-month terms. When a new intern class starts, they have a significant impact on Yelp’s engineering team of about 400 people. Their work makes a substantial mark on Yelp and contributes to the company’s success. Interns come from all backgrounds and work as either software developer, product manager, or design interns.

What Interns Say: “Unparalleled experience. The community manager is basically your mentor. Knowledge is unlimited in this job and can open many doors if taken seriously.” —Former Marketing Intern

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  1. Yahoo

Median Monthly Pay: $6,080

Internship Details: A summer at Yahoo is the best way to discover first hand what life at Yahoo will be like. “There won't be any fake projects or mailroom sorting during your summer— but it certainly won't be all work and no play.” Currently, Yahoo is looking for interns in the following departments:  Office of Inclusive Diversity, Robotics, Social Media, BHRP Legal, and Media Entertainment.

What Interns Say: “Great people, great pay, great perks, and an overall great learning opportunity.” —Former Ad Operations Intern

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  1. VMware

Median Monthly Pay: $6,080

Internship Details: “As an intern at VMware, you will create innovative solutions and solve complex problems. If you want the opportunity to challenge your thinking and define your future, come to VMware. Dare to discover your full potential and shape what’s next. We offer a variety of opportunities that will help you expand your network and learn from industry leaders. You will build your career through meaningful work experiences and share your accomplishments with the VMware community.”

What Interns Say: “First of all, the salary package they offered me as an intern was above my expectations. The project I worked on had a very small-company feel, partly since we were working on a pre-1.0 product (which was very cool), and also because my manager did an excellent job of keeping the distractions from senior management to a minimum.” —Former PhD Intern

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  1. Google

Median Monthly Pay: $6,000

Internship Details: Google interns are involved and solving problems from the start. “Business interns come from all backgrounds, bring their diverse talents to drive the business, grow our people, and put the user before all else.” For example, “BOLD interns join teams across Sales, Marketing and People Operations to identify challenges, collaborate on building solutions, and drive meaningful change for clients and users.”

What Interns Say: “Great management who is always in constant contact and able to assist with any situation.” —Former Street View Operator Intern

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Median Monthly Pay: $5,770

Internship Details: As an intern, you'll join fellow NVIDIANs in nearly all facet of the business, including company meetings. Plus, “you'll get to attend special, intern-only activities, where you can network, build relationships and have fun. Internships are high-impact, rewarding and available year-round, for a minimum of twelve weeks in duration.”

What Interns Say: “State-of-the-art technologies. Interns are given real projects, i.e. you are given tasks which otherwise would be assigned to full times. Extreme flexibility in choosing/changing tasks/projects. Smart (even legendarily) people; you sometimes meet and work with people whose books you read in the grad school.” —Former Systems Software Engineer

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  1. Intuit

Median Monthly Pay: $5,440

Internship Details: Intuit interns experiment with cloud, web, mobile and SaaS technologies. “And you'll benefit from some of the best training, development and mentoring around. Intuit’s intern, co-op, rotational development programs and entry-level positions are not just another job. You'll build a career, friendships and customer experiences that enrich lives in bold new ways.”

What Interns Say: “Amazing people and culture. Happy and relaxed doing the best work of their lives. Great benefits, bleeding edge tech, meaningful work and delighted customers.” —Former Intern

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  1. Juniper Networks

Median Monthly Pay: $5,440

Internship Details: “New talent is the lifeblood of the technology industry. By embracing the next generation of network developers and connecting with their passion, Juniper Networks is building the pipeline of high-caliber talent that is vital for innovation. They are also committed to helping develop that talent grow and flourish.”

What Interns Say: “Excellent Internship program, awesome work culture for interns, friendly HR team, visibility to higher executives during internship.” —Former Infrastructure Engineer Intern

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  1. Workday

Median Monthly Pay: $5,440

Internship Details: “Workday aggressively seeks the best and the brightest college students and graduates to join Generation Workday, a program that’s uniquely designed to nurture, develop, and challenge future leaders.” If you are passionate and innovative, you should join [their] team.

What Interns Say: “Interns got to design and build their own project. Treated like a full-time employee, and everyone was always willing to explain the code base / language to us. Workday is a super collaborative and supportive environment.” —Current Software Applications Engineer Intern

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  1. BlackRock

Median Monthly Pay: $5,400

Internship Details: At BlackRock, you can kick off the career you want. “Whatever your interests, there is a place for you to grow at BlackRock - across businesses, backgrounds and borders. Both their graduate and internship programs offer opportunities in each of BlackRock's business areas: Advisory & Client Support, Analytics & Risk, Corporate, Investments, Client Business, and Technology.”

What Interns Say: “Huge company with lots of opportunities. Respected and dominant in the industry.” —Former Summer Associate Intern

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  1. Adobe

Median Monthly Pay: $5,120

Internship Details: When you come to Adobe as a university student or graduate, “you’ll work side by side with the tech industry’s biggest thinkers and creators to help change the world through digital experiences. You’ll be welcomed into a community that loves to dream up groundbreaking ideas and make them real. You’ll join forces with master statisticians and serial entrepreneurs, experience designers and engineering fellows, community activists and women who swim with sharks — and you’ll stand out for who you are and what you bring to the team.”

What Interns Say: “Lots of benefits, great employee perks and events, including a chance to have a meeting with the CEO. Became a full member of a team for 3 months.” —Former Computer Scientist Intern

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  1. MathWorks

Median Monthly Pay: $5,120

Internship Details: “Graduate and undergraduate students gain valuable work experience and apply what they’ve learned in school. As a MathWorks intern, you’ll work on your own projects in an atmosphere that’s collegial and fun. You'll have a mentor to get you started, milestones and deliverables, and regular feedback on your performance. MathWorks offers internships lasting between three and six months, both over the summer and throughout the year.”

What Interns Say: “Amazing workplace and wide range of career options.” —Former Web Developer Intern

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  1. Qualcomm

Median Monthly Pay: $5,040

Internship Details: “Working at Qualcomm may be the closest you’ll get to experiencing time travel. You won’t just work in a lab, or write lines of code. You’ll be an integral part of what’s next for mobility and the world.”

What Interns Say: “You get to work on interesting projects. Great teamwork, side projects, hackathons. Meaningful projects that will impact the company.” —Former Intern

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  1. Capital One

Median Monthly Pay: $5,000

Internship Details: Capital One’s paid internship programs run from June through early August throughout the country. “Interns are involved in some of the company’s most critical business decisions, and they work with the best and brightest in Capital One’s collaborative, team-oriented environment.”

What Interns Say: “Great work-life balance and culture. The people I worked with legitimately wanted to help customers - it wasn't just an empty saying. Promotions also come quickly on average.” —Former Business Analyst Intern

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  1. Chevron

Median Monthly Pay: $5,000

Internship Details: “Chevron’s internship opportunities enable you to use what you’ve learned, expand your knowledge and benefit from invaluable on-the-job experience.” Interning is a great way to explore the potential career choices that lie ahead.

What Interns Say: “As an intern, you are given hands-on real problems and can really dig into and learn what you are doing. They never have you doing administrative tasks, you are treated like a true employee and not an intern. The company culture is great, mostly everyone really does follow the Chevron Way which creates a good work environment.” —Former Environmental Specialist Intern

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  1. Accenture

Median Monthly Pay: $4,960

Internship Details: Interning at Accenture will give you with everything you need to start your career. “You'll have the opportunity to experience our company culture, expand your network, and build skills that you'll be able to apply anywhere. And you won't just be shadowing others—you'll be in the mix right from the start. Your responsibilities might include conducting research, analyzing data, testing software, or writing reports.”

What Interns Say: “Awesome work environment, complex problems to solve, traveling, work with amazing people.” —Former Management Consulting Analyst Intern

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  1. Deutsche Bank

Median Monthly Pay: $4,640

Internship Details: Deutsche Bank’s Internship Program spans a wide range of locations and paths. “Whether your interests lie in investment banking, human resources or risk management, an internship with Deutsche prepares you for success in an international banking environment.”

What Interns Say: “There were a number of fun networking activities for summer analysts, including opportunities to meet senior employees in various divisions. The pay was good, too.” —Former Summer Analyst Intern

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  1. AIG

Median Monthly Pay: $4,616

Internship Details: “AIG career opportunities for students include STEM jobs, actuarial jobs, underwriting jobs, data analyst jobs, and many other insurance internships. High-performing interns may be considered for a full-time job after graduation.”

What Interns Say: “The people there are really nice and eager to help me with all my questions. Got to learn a lot of different line of business and models they use.” —Former Summer Analyst Intern

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  1. Bank of America

Median Monthly Pay: $4,570

Internship Details: Bank of America offers a wide variety of internships for students of all ages and degrees. For example, the Consumer Banking Summer Associate Program develops students by engaging them in real-world business assignments. MBA candidates experience a 10-week summer program in areas like: Retail Banking, Preferred and Small Business Banking, and Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs.

What Interns Say: “Good corporate culture, good intern pay, great training, great coworkers. Possibility for full time employment once the internship is over.” —Former Summer Credit Analyst Intern

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Methodology: Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Internships report identifies companies with the highest median monthly pay for internships as reported by U.S.-based interns on Glassdoor over the past year (4/21/16 - 4/20/17). Internships considered for this report must have received at least 25 salary reports in U.S. dollars by U.S-based interns during the timeframe. In cases where companies have the same median monthly pay, the company with the greater number of salary reports receives higher rank.

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