Top 10 Internships for 2016

Vault has found the country's 10 best internships.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

July 08, 2016

Top 10 Internships for 2016

A summer internship is more than just a summer job. It oftentimes provides lucrative pay, potential job prospects after college and a lifetime of networking opportunities. For many students, it’s the first step on their career path – so why not make it the best possible start?

Vault.com has highlighted the best internships for students in 2016. These companies represent the best of the best and were selected by both companies and previous interns on their quality of life, compensation and perks, job interview process, career development and full-time employment benefits. Last year, more than 5,800 interns assessed 102 programs to come up with this top 10 list.

10. Kohl’s Department Stores

Locations: Baltimore, Maryland; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and San Antonio, Texas

Kohl’s Department Store paid internships last anywhere from eight to 10 weeks. They provide opportunities in retail, corporate, fulfillment and credit operations.

9. Moss Adams

Locations: Offices in New Mexico, California, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Arizona and other locations around the U.S.

Paid internships last six to 12 weeks and focus on assurance and taxes.

8. The Boston Consulting Group

Locations: Global

BCG summer internships span roughly six to 12 weeks and are paid. Interns work all angles of consulting and business strategy during their time, taking on roles like a full-time employee would.

7. KPCB

Locations: Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose and San Mateo, California

Internships at KPCB are paid and last anywhere from three to six months. Fellows gain experience in challenging technical as well as product and design problems.

6. Plante Moran

Locations: Ohio, Michigan and Illinois

Interns can serve in paid positions for six to 12 weeks in assurance, tax, finance, marketing or consulting departments.

5. Northwestern Mutual

Locations: National

Northwestern Mutual internships are paid and last for six to 12 months. Students can serve as financial interns during college and begin their career with Northwestern Mutual after graduation.

4. CapTech

Locations: Reston and Richmond, Virginia

Interns at CapTech are offered paid opportunities in IT management consulting, systems integration and data management. These internships range in time from six to 12 weeks.

3. Bain & Company

Locations: Global

Paid internships at Bain & Company last for six to 12 weeks. Interns get a taste for consulting through intensive training and hands-on experience during their summer.

2. Elliott Davis Decosimo

Locations: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia

Internships at Elliott Davis Decosimo are paid and span six to 12 weeks. During their experience, interns work on tax and audit engagements, complete an intern project, contribute to the community, and participate in leadership development.

1. Evercore

Locations: Global

The best internship – as voted by interns across the country – can be found at Evercore, an investment banking firm. They last 10 weeks and are paid opportunities. Interns have a great chance of becoming full-time hires once they graduate from college.

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