If you think February is too early to think about a summer internship, you may want to think again. Right now, many companies are already advertising for internships. But where should you apply?
To help you find the right internship for you, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, has combed its millions of job listings and analyzed thousands of company and interview reviews shared by recent interns to uncover which companies are hiring interns, how internship experiences compare at the highest rated companies for interns, and what financial offers look like at these companies.
In Glassdoor’s second annual report of the Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now, tech giant Google ranks #1 among interns for the second year with a 4.6 rating – an increase from its 4.3 rating on last year’s report. So what do Google interns appreciate about working there? A Google Platforms Project Manager Intern (Mountain View, CA) says, “Google treats interns even better than full time employees. All of the employees all the way up to VP personally spend time with you and take your opinion.” (Funny side note: Google ranks #1 among interns just a few months before the upcoming movie “The Internship” debuts, with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in which they play laid-off 40-somethings who take on internships at Google).
Procter & Gamble ranks #2 on this year’s list with a 4.2 rating, improving from its 4.0 rating on last year’s report. One Procter & Gamble Researcher Intern (Cincinnati, OH) says, “I liked the low barriers to interacting with upper level management. I found myself as an intern occasionally eating lunch with Section Heads (SH) and Associate Directors (AD).”
Check out the complete results below:
Hoping to earn the big bucks and intern at one of the highest rated companies? Look no further than the tech industry. A Microsoft Research Intern earns the highest average monthly base pay ($7,050 per month, an increase from $6,746 in last year’s report). Google Software Engineer Interns bring in the second highest average monthly base pay ($6,462 per month), followed by Microsoft Software Engineer In Test Interns ($5,951 per month).
Before you land any internship, you’ll have to go through the interview process, which can be challenging. Many employers today are asking some unexpected and tough interview questions to help them find the best intern candidates possible. Check out some of these recent interview questions interns have actually been asked:
"Who is your hero and why?” – Google Intern Candidate (location n/a)
“How many meals were eaten during the Olympics?” – JPMorgan Chase Summer Intern Candidate (location n/a)
“How many new cars, on average, are bought in the US each year?” – Microsoft Summer Intern Candidate (Seattle, WA)
“Are there enough hours in the day?” – Ernst & Young Summer Direct Tax Intern Candidate (location n/a)
“If you had a large sum of money, where would you invest it?” – PwC Summer Audit Intern Candidate (Bristol, England)
What was your latest internship like? Help others and share a review about your experience.