Look kid, before you know it this horrible winter will be over, spring (and all your allergies) will be back and you'll be without an internship. So instead of hanging out in your dorm room (and totally not breaking any rules whatsoever), why not take the time to apply to some internships?
Wondering where to apply? Look no further than Glassdoor’s list of the 25 highest rated internships in the United States.
Metro had a chance to speak with Glassdoor’s Career Trends Analyst Scott Dobroski about the list and to see if he had any advice and tips for prospective interns.
Can you tell us a little about the methodology behind the ranking?
We [worked] with our data science team and [to] aggregate the data over the past 12 months with all the ratings and reviews shared by interns worldwide. We were able to identify which 25 companies received the highest rating by interns when it comes to their internship experience.
What makes an internship great?
There's really three common themes that stand out when we look through the reviews shared by interns at all of these companies. Number one, the interns talk very favorably about having real world and hands on experience. Number two, they talk about working with dedicated and very smart colleagues, and number three, they really talk about exposure to executives and upper management.
When you look at these three things the themes that they really sum up is that interns at these companies are really being treated in the same way was any full time employee. They're valued, they're given tasks, they're given deadlines and real work to do. At many of these companies we do see interns on Glassdoor talking about getting hired after their internship.
How much are these interns getting paid?
For all of these 25 companies we do see intern salary reports on Glassdoor. At some of these companies interns do get paid quite handsomely. At Google and Facebook, and some of the other tech companies in particular interns do get paid upwards of $6,000 per month. Whereas some other companies such as NBC Universal or Quicken Loans still great places to intern, but they get paid nearly $2,000 on average per month.
The tech industry in particular is so fierce aggressive and competitive when it comes to hiring and finding the next great generation of tech talent that these companies know that in addition to offering a great experience and giving these people a real world hands-on experience and real work to do to stimulate their minds they also do have to pay them handsomely.
What majors are these interns studying?
Most of the interns do study in related fields, for a lot of these tech software engineering or data science internships we do see a lot of them studying statistics, and certainly computer science.
However a lot of these companies even oil and gas companies, tech consulting or professional services they need interns in a variety of roles in marketing, in business development, in human resources, and in public relations.
What do companies look for in prospective interns?
The interns at a lot of these companies come from a very, very diverse geographical and educational background. What matters most to the intern hiring manager is not necessarily seeing a Harvard or Stanford on the résumé, although certainly that can't hurt, what they care most about is relevant coursework extracurricular activities and projects that have proven the skills that you are applying for and the skills that you might learn on the job. If you've already dabbled in them and had some success on your own in your own pet project that's what they care about the most.
Biggest misconception about internships?
The number one misconception is that an internship is not valuable -- that they may just be an admin providing support running around getting coffee. Those days are over. At really great highly rated companies interns are treated just like real employees. They are looking for the next generation. An internship should be treated as a way to get hired at a company, learn and get real world experience, or network, network, network.
Take a look at Glassdoor's ranking:
Matt Lee is a Web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely@mattlee2669.