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The Best Technology Companies for Internships

When we talk about internships, a few things come to mind: low salaries, menial tasks, and ruthless bosses. Nowaday...

The Best Technology Companies for Internships

When we talk about internships, a few things come to mind: low salaries, menial tasks, and ruthless bosses. Nowadays, these are outdated concerns, especially in the technological field.

So barring a “horrible bosses” scenario, how do you rank worthwhile internships? Should you aim for salary or quality of experience?

 

That’s an important distinction, because according to experienced interns, the two aren’t necessarily equivalent. For example, in terms of salary, the top ranking tech company is Palo Alto-based software outfit, Palantir Technologies, while in terms of skill building and fostering a good work ethic, the honour goes to Facebook, nudging out close competitor Google for 2014.

Let’s take a closer look at both sets of criteria.

 

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Highest Paying Tech Internships

As mentioned earlier, Palantir Technologies pays top dollar at $7,012 a month for its interns. That comes out to $84,144 and with the median salary in Palo Alto being $35,366, that’s not bad at all. Of course, the internships generally require highly skilled applicants, so very few entrants would actually qualify.

 

Second place goes to another Palo Alto cloud computing company, VMWare, at $6,966 a month. Next comes everybody’s favourite social network, Twitter, at $6,791 a month, followed by LinkedIn ($6,230) headquartered in Mountain View, California, and Facebook ($6,213), now based in Menlo Park, California.

 

The pay scales are pretty close among these top five, so the best-qualified interns will have to take other measures into consideration.

 

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Best Tech Companies for Quality Internships

The top ranking company, (based on intern interviews between 2012 and 2014) goes to Facebook, which, according to past interns, is an “awesome” and “happy place” to work. You’d think genius interns would be a bit more descriptive with their adjectives. Moving on…

 

Next on the list is Google, formerly first place in this category for two years straight. Interns rave about the learning experience and the thrill of being part of the leading edge innovations.

 

Mobile tech company Qualcomm offers exceptional interns a chance at a full-time position, while oil and gas tech supplier Schlumberger is praised for the quality of its training programs.

Last but not least is health care software company Epic Systems, which is dubbed “a good place to start out.” (Today, I learned that techie folk have very little flair for the poetic, but good taste nonetheless.)

 

All these companies are currently looking for interns, so just concentrate on getting past the interview!

 

 

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