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2014's top 10 companies for internships

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If you are in school, recently graduated, or even changing careers, internships are crucial for gaining work experience, forging connections and building your resume.

But the best internships are the ones where you will work as part of a team, doing interesting work, rather than spending your days as an ... ahem ... "coffee conveyance technician." It would probably be nice to make a little money as well.

Glassdoor, a firm that sells recruiting services to businesses, compiled a list of the top 25 companies for internships in 2014, based on ratings provided independently by interns. (When asked, Glassdoor declined to provide CNBC with the names of companies that interns ranked lowest.)

CNBC pulled Glassdoor's top 10, which is heavy on tech companies. For the full list, ranked from best to 10th, as well as a few interns' comments, click ahead for the full slideshow.

—By CNBC's Robert Ferris
Posted 13 Feb. 2014


Facebook offices in Dublin, Ireland
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Market cap: $165.32 billion

"The company culture embraces independence, quick problem solving, strong communication skills. There is a strong work hard, play hard mentality."—Facebook Software Engineer Intern (Seattle)


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Market cap: $398.28 billion

"Having the opportunity to take a look at all the wonderful stuff they've developed and taking part in the creation of new tools and products is an amazing experience, especially if you're still in college."—Google Software Engineer Intern (Mountain View, Calif.)


The shadow of Steven Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm, speaking in front of the company logo.
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Market cap: $129.38 billion

"Interns are automatically being considered for return internship opportunities or a full-time position. There are many career opportunities in the Qualcomm HQ, employees are encouraged to explore areas that fit their passion."—Qualcomm Interim Engineering Intern (San Diego)


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Market cap: $118.06 billion

"They seem to really care about and take care of their employees.They spend a lot of time and resources in training."—Schlumberger Electrical Intern (Sugar Land, Texas)

Epic Systems

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Market cap: Employee-owned

"Epic has a great support staff for interns, and ultimately, they want to see their interns both do excellent work and learn a lot at their time at Epic. It is a good place to start out."—Epic Systems Software Development Intern (Verona, Wis.)


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Market cap: $122.31 billion

"My team was very supportive and assigned projects that were challenging helped me to learn a lot of things that I had not learned in school. Very laid back environment that was very comfortable to work in."—Intel Undergraduate Intern (Austin, Texas)


The Microsoft Digital Eatery is part of the new Microsoft Berlin center. Berlin, Germany
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Market cap: $311.86 billion

"The research internship program is really well-organized. There are housing, car rental and relocation subsidies, as well as internship only events."—Microsoft Research Intern (Redmond, Wash.)


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Market cap: Privately owned

"Awesome location, snacks, usually interesting work and good hours. The employees seem very content and taken care of."—Bloomberg Financial Software Developer Intern (New York)


Apple employees walk towards the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California.
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Market cap: $479.24 billion

"In addition to providing free housing (which was at worst a 15 minute drive from work) or a $1,000 housing stipend, some teams provide free lunches/dinners to employees, and you're also eligible for all the other employee benefits, like health insurance, fitness center membership, product discounts, etc."—Apple Software Engineering Intern (Cupertino, Calif.)

Exxon Mobil

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Market cap: $398.23 billion

"As an Intern, I had the opportunity to really challenge myself, work on some weaknesses, present to executives, and get great exposure to a large energy firm."—Exxon Mobil Intern (Houston)