Top 10 Highest Paid U.S. Internships

If you’re hoping to obtain high internship pay, we recommend getting into tech.

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 09, 2015

Top 10 Highest Paid U.S. Internships

For most interns, an internship is unpaid and involves a whole lot of busy work, coffee fetching and various other errands.

However, if you are lucky enough to snag an internship at one of the following companies, the benefits are boundless and the pay is, well, better than the average person’s full-time gig.

The rankings are based on the Glassdoor data revealing 2014’s highest paid internships – some earning more than $7,000 a month average base pay!

If you’re hoping to obtain high internship pay, we recommend getting into tech-related fields, as the majority of the top paying companies are in the technology sector. The second highest paying field was oil, gas, energy and utilities.

But, according to Glassdoor, pay isn’t everything. Interns surveyed by the company reported that when deciding where to work there are other important factors to consider.

The most important factors included: career growth (77%), salary and compensation (74%), location and commute (41%) and the company’s culture and values (41%).

Check out the companies and average monthly base pay of the top ten highest paying internships in the United States:

10. Apple

Average Monthly Base Pay: $5,723

Located in Cupertino, CA, Apple interns receive other benefits than pay, including product discounts, monthly social gatherings, an on-site cafe and free (what else?) apples!

Apply for an internship at Apple today:

Apple – Hardware Engineering Intern/Co-op

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by Apple, Inc., the Hardware Engineering Intern/Co-op is available to a student pursuing a BS, MS, or Ph.D. in EE/CE. You must be familiar with computer system architecture, digital logic design and verification, and digital and analog circuit analysis, Analog IC to be considered for this internship.

Some responsibilities in Hardware Engineering may include: Engineering Program Management: Identifying, evaluating and driving engineering/quality improvements/new supplier qualifications).

Get more information on applying for an Hardware Engineering Intern/Co-op Apple Internship.

9. Google

Average Monthly Base Pay: $5,969

The search engine, located in Menlo Park, CA offers tons of company perks including use of their nap pods, free haircuts, gourmet meals, massages and on-site doctors.

Apply for an internship at Google today:

Google Software Engineering Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 2

Provided by Google, Inc., the Software Engineering Internship is available to full – time undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in computer science or a related technical field.

As an intern, you will be working on a project in one of the following areas: product and systems development, test engineering, or site reliability.

Get more information on applying for an Software Engineering Internship.

8. ExxonMobil

Average Monthly Base Pay: $5,972

The Irving, TX-based oil and gas corporation, also offers access to a clubhouse with free drinks and tons of social gatherings.

Apply for an internship at ExxonMobil today:

ExxonMobil Corporation Engineering Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through Graduate Student, Year 3

The ExxonMobil Corporation Engineering Internship is available to students who are enrolled in a geology or geophysics bachelor or master program.

Get more information on applying for an ExxonMobil Corporation Engineering Internship.

7. eBay, Inc.

Average Monthly Base Pay: $6,126

The online auction site is headquartered in San Jose, CA. Company perks include rooftop parties, an office arcade and Wednesday bagels.

Apply for an internship at eBay, Inc. today:

eBay, Inc. Software Engineering Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Sponsored by eBay, Inc., the Software Engineering Internship is available to students with high levels of technical talent and programming skills.

You will be accountable to deeply understand eBay’s products and services to push technology forward with respect to functionality, performance, reliability, and scalability.

Get more information on applying for an eBay, Inc. Software Engineering Internship.

6. Microsoft

Average Monthly Base Pay: $6,138

The tech company, located in Redmond, Washington, gives interns the opportunity to attend expert seminars, get discounts at local businesses and on-site oil changes.

Apply for an internship at Microsoft today:

Explore Microsoft Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Sophomores

The Explore Microsoft Program is open to college freshmen and sophomores. You must be pursuing a technical career in computer science or engineering to be eligible.

You must also have completed an Introduction to Computer Science course (or equivalent) as well as one semester of calculus by the start of the program. This 12-week summer internship will offer students the opportunity to experience working at Microsoft.

Get more information on applying for an Explore Microsoft Program.

5. Facebook

Average Monthly Base Pay: $6,213

Based in Menlo Park, CA, the social media company also supplies interns with three free meals daily, use of the onsite barber and hoodies, galore!

Apply for an internship at Facebook today:

Facebook – Software Engineer Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, Year 2

Provided by Facebook, the Software Engineer Internship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in computer science or a related field.

Interns will help build the next generation of systems behind Facebook’s products, create web applications that reach millions of people, build high volume servers, and be a part of a team that’s working to help people connect with each other around the globe.

Get more information on applying for an Facebook – Software Engineer Internship.

4. LinkedIn

Average Monthly Base Pay: $6,230

The career social networking site is located in Mountain View, CA. In addition to high paying internships, the company has a popular live speaker series and free yoga classes.

Apply for an internship at LinkedIn today:

LinkedIn – Technical Writer Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors

Provided by LinkedIn Corporation, the Technical Writer Internship is available to full-time undergraduate students.

You must demonstrate mastery of accepted standards for grammar, punctuation, usage, style, and terminology; and understanding of accepted standards for technical writing in the areas of information organization, conciseness, consistency, technical accuracy, and clarity.

Get more information on applying for an LinkedIn – Technical Writer Internship.

3. Twitter

Average Monthly Base Pay: $6,791

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, the social media platform also has company perks like an office gym, a rooftop work area and celebrity sightings galore.

Apply for an internship at Twitter today:

Twitter – Brand Planner Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors

The Brand Planner Intern is available students who have a keen interest in Twitter. You must be Graduation date of BA/BS degree of 2016 or 2017 and online/digital experience, preferably in social media to be considered for this internship.

As an intern, your primary responsibility is to drive the proposal process from analysis of the brief to the delivery of the final document through strategic planning and cross-organizational coordination in a timely manner.

Get more information on applying for an Twitter – Brand Planner Internship.

2. VMware

Average Monthly Base Pay: $6,996

VMware, a software and services company, is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. Interns receive benefits other than high pay, like use of the company’s relaxation rooms, dry cleaning services and free snacks.

Apply for an internship at VMware today:

VMware – Security Engineering Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

Provided by VMware, Inc., the Security Engineering Internship is available to students pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s degree or PhD. You must be studying computer science or an equivalent field and have the desire and ability to work in emerging technologies such as virtualization, cloud and software defined networking to qualify for this award.

Get more information on applying for an VMware – Security Engineering Internship.

1. Palantir

Average Monthly Base Pay: $7,012

In addition to offering their interns the highest pay on this list, Palantir also offers interns a complimentary bike/helmet and three daily meals (prepared by a chef). The computer software and data analysis company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

Apply for an internship at Palantir today:

Palantir – Product Designer Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

Provided by Palantir, the Product Designer Internship is available to students with experience in product design. You must possess mastery of Sketch.app, hand-coding, Photoshop, Illustrator, or Keynote — and good old-fashioned pencil and paper in order to qualify for this position.

Get more information on applying for an Palantir – Product Designer Internship.

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