According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), not only are employers expecting to increase internship hires by 8.5% this year, employers are also reporting that 58.6% of interns who graduated in 2011 are converting into full-time hires – an all-time high since NACE began tracking this in the early 2000s.
With news that hiring for internships is likely to improve, Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community, takes a look at which companies are hiring for interns, and which companies are rated highest amongst those who know best – current and former interns. In a new report from Glassdoor, we highlight the Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now, along with how they rate in terms of interview difficulty and what they pay.
Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now
Google ranks #1 among interns, receiving a 4.3 rating. This comes just months after Google took the #5 spot in Glassdoor’s fourth annual Employees’ Choice Awards - a list of the Top 50 Best Places to Work (2012). When it comes to interning at this tech giant, a Google Sales Intern (Mountain View, CA) comments: “Lots of opportunities for interns to sit in on meetings, get contact with higher-ups. Strong intern program in business and engineering.”
Microsoft trails closely with a 4.2 rating. As one Microsoft Program Manager Intern (Bellevue, WA) points out, “The internship program is obviously designed to fix any problems before they occur. I had very clear project expectations, lots of positive feedback, great working conditions, and excellent compensation.”
Full report below, as well as recent intern interview questions:
Recent Intern Interview Questions
Think you have what it takes to land an internship at one of these top companies?
Below are some recent interview questions interns have been asked. Note that Amazon has the toughest interview process (3.5), according to internship candidates. When asked about the interview process, an Amazon Management Intern Candidate noted: “The interview consisted of a production efficiency evaluation. I was provided with several different production circumstances and was asked to use the information and determine proper allocation of my "employees" for that day. This was very difficult, and I was given several curveballs, such as "One of your employees left work early. Now what?” Plus, an Amazon Supply Chain Intern Candidate said they were asked this brainteaser: “You have a ping pong ball. It is the same diameter as a tube that it is in. It is buried 3 feet under concrete. How do you get it out?”
Other tough questions intern candidates get asked include:
“How many ping pong balls can you fit in a school bus?” – Google Intern Candidate (location n/a)
“What does a college dorm look like in 10 years?” – Microsoft Program Manager Intern Candidate (Redmond, WA)
“So why do you think you are a genius?” - Procter & Gamble Intern Candidate (location n/a)
“(Looking at a Pepsi can) What do you think about this can?” – Ernst & Young Intern Candidate (New York, NY)
“If you have two sand glass timers, one with 7 minutes worth of sand and another with 4 minutes worth of sand, how do you use both to precisely time 12 minutes?” – JPMorgan Chase Intern Candidate (location n/a)
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