Some internships give you the chance to do interesting work and meet accomplished people. Others will keep you running around getting coffee or drowning in projects you weren't trained to do.
To find out where interns are being offered the best opportunities, the team at careers website WayUp asked current interns to submit nominations, and some 2,500 responded. The top 10 companies were nominated by hundreds of interns, according to a WayUp spokesperson.
"The top 10 programs stood out as being the ones that focused the most on ensuring their interns learned as much as possible," says WayUp CEO Liz Wessel, "from executives, mentors and one another."
Here's are the top 10 places to intern, ranked by number of submissions:
The computer and technology company is serious about hiring more college students. By 2020, it aims to have 25 percent of all external hiring come from college campuses, according to a company memo.
The company offers internships in accounting, financial services, engineering and computer science, finance, global operations, human resources, marketing, information technology and more. Most positions run from 10 to 12 weeks and pay approximately $24 an hour, according to jobs and salary website Glassdoor.
GE offers internships in 83 locations across 43 different countries. And they're a good pipeline into full-time employment, according to company data.
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The company runs several different multi-year leadership training programs, and 25 percent of people in these programs are former interns.
Tonishia Ravenel, a former intern in 2015, says her experience at the company was very positive.
"As an intern, working for such a big company can be exciting, but slightly intimidating. Right away I was comforted by the collaborative and supportive culture that GE possesses," she wrote on GE's blog.
The beauty company offers a range of internships, from digital marketing to consumer product design and sales. Some of the company's internships are open to recent graduates as well and can last for up to 12 months. Interns make approximately $20 to $22 per hour.
"If you're an impact seeking inventor, a driver of disruption, join us to lead Beauty innovation to the next level," the company's blog reads.
The financial services company offers internships in multiple areas including advisory, assurance, tax and transaction advisory services. Interns make approximately $26 to $29 dollars per hour, according to Glassdoor.
At the internship, "you'll benefit from learning, experiences and coaching that will help you achieve your goals and adapt successfully to professional life," according to the company blog.
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An internship at Facebook includes hackathons, offsite events and weekly Q&A sessions with executives, according to the company's website. Interns make anywhere between $7,000 and $8,000 per month Glassdoor reports.
Facebook VP of Engineering Vladimir Fedorov says his interns work alongside engineers to test and change the website.
"What sets us apart is the fact that you can have real impact," he tells Glassdoor. "So there are three months in the summer [that] fly by at some places, but at Facebook, you're going to get to do real work."
An internship for the internet and tech giant pays very well. Software engineering interns make more than $6,600 each month and an internship for MBA students pays $8,200 each month, according to anonymous reviews on Glassdoor.
One software engineer writes, "The social values of the company are great. Relaxed environment is a big plus."
Newell Brands, the company behind Paper Mate pens, Elmer's Glue and many other office and household products offers internships in areas ranging from e-commerce to design to research. Interns make between $15 and $20 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
The company offers a number of perks, including "lunch and learns" with executives, team building like bowling and and golfing excursions. Each intern is assigned a mentor and is evaluated on his or her progress throughout the summer, according to the company's website.
At the accounting and tax advisory firm, interns "will learn by doing real work on real engagements," according to the company website, with the opportunity to work on projects in industries such as renewable energy, technology, life sciences and real estate.
The internship pays approximately $23 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
The rental car company offers internships in management, accounting and brand "ambassadorship."
The internship pays approximately $10 to $12 per hour.
Multiple intern reports on Glassdoor tout good on-the-job experience and a fun working environment. At the same time, however, some said working weekends wasn't fun.
The athletic wear company calls its internship the "summer league." Each intern is assigned a mentor and has access to learning seminars like Q&A sessions with executives, according to the company.
The internships pay approximately $15 to $20 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
"To make it here you have to be curious," a company post reads. " You have to be ready to go above and beyond. And live up to the idea of 'I Will.'"
According to Wessel, the best companies for interns "plan events to get interns in front of company leaders, have mentorship programs and are focused on making sure that the interns develop tangible skills."
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