The 20 Highest-Paid Internships In The USA

Published On 06/08/2015 Published On 06/08/2015
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If your summer internship experience revolved around fetching coffee, filling out spreadsheets, and trying not to get in anybody's way—congrats! You are just like everybody else.

But for a select few, an internship can be not only a springboard for a career path, but a well-paying gig in and of itself. Using data gathered by Glassdoor, we've ranked the 20 companies that dole out the most dough to their plebes. Step 1: get into tech. Step 2: move to NorCal. Step 3: profit. 


20. Qualcomm

What They Do: Global semi-conductor company, designing and marketing wireless telecommunication products and services
Headquarters: San Diego, California
Company Perks: Heated swimming pool and sauna, free soda machines, on-site farmer's stand
Monthly Base Pay: $4,823

Paul Taggart

19. Capital One

What They Do: Bank holding company, credit cards, home loans, auto loans
Headquarters: Tyson's Corner, Virginia 
Company Perks: Mobile phone discounts, pet-friendly workplace, access to travel concierge
Monthly Base Payment: $4,850


18. Yahoo!

What They Do: Tech company, search engine, email, news, etc.
Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California 
Company Perks: Fully-equipped health club, company transport, 24/7 cafeteria 
Monthly Base Pay: $5,039


17. BlackRock

What They Do: Investment management corporation, risk and asset management
Headquarters: New York, New York
Company Perks: Mobile phone discount, free lunch/snacks, use of company car
Monthly Base Pay: $5,049


16. SalesForce

What They Do: Global cloud computing
Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Company Perks: Paid days off to volunteer, philanthropic gift-matching program
Monthly Base Pay: $5,158


15. ConocoPhillips 

What They Do: Oil and gas, energy exploration
Headquarters: Houston, Texas
Company Perks: Free lunches, pet-friendly workspace, gym membership
Monthly Base Pay: $5,357

Paul Sakuma

14. Adobe

What They Do: Computer software focusing on multimedia and creativity software
Headquarters: Mountain View, California
Company Perks: On-site massage service, stipend for those who bike to work
Monthly Base Pay: $5,409

Markets Morning

13. Chevron

What They Do: Multinational energy corporation
Headquarters: San Ramon, California
Company Perks: Gym membership, flexible/compressed work schedules
Monthly Base Pay: $5,424


12. Nvidia

What They Do: Tech revolving around mobile computing
Headquarters: Santa Clara, California
Company Perks: Freshly prepared (not free, but cheap) food, intern-specific events like paintball and scavenger hunts
Monthly Base Pay: $5,446

Digital Trends

11. Amazon

What They Do: Online retailer selling basically everything, drone-enthusiasts
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
Company Perks: On-campus farmer's market, free on-site concerts/meet and greets
Monthly Base Pay: $5,631


10. Apple

What They Do: They probably made the device you are reading this on
Headquarters: Cupertino, California 
Company Perks: Product discounts, food from Cafe Mac, free apples (seriously), "beer bashes" every month
Monthly Base Pay: $5,723


9. Google

What They Do: If you are really not sure, Google it
Headquarters: Menlo Park, California 
Company Perks: Nap pods, haircuts, gourmet meals, on-site doctors, free massages 
Monthly Base Pay: $5,969

Sebastien Pirlet

8. ExxonMobil

What They Do: Multinational oil and gas corporation
Headquarters: Irving, Texas
Company Perks: Access to Royal Esso clubhouse (free drinks!) as well as numerous social outings
Monthly Base Pay: $5,972


7. eBay

What They Do: Auction-based e-commerce site
Headquarters: San Jose, California
Company Perks: Bagel Wednesdays, rooftop parties, in office arcade
Monthly Base Pay: $6,126


6. Microsoft

What They Do: Technology in general
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
Company Perks: Onsite oil changes, expert-led financial education seminars, discounts at local businesses 
Monthly Base Pay: $6,138


5. Facebook

What They Do: Social media mega-giant 
Headquarters: Menlo Park, California 
Company Perks: Onsite barber shop, three free meals a day, unlimited hoodies
Monthly Base Pay: $6,213

USA Today

4. LinkedIn

What They Do: Business and career-centric social networking site 
Headquarters: Mountain View California, California 
Company Perks: Free yoga classes, LinkedIn Speaker Series, with live speakers like Seth Myers and Deepak Chopra
Monthly Base Pay: $6,230


3. Twitter

What They Do: Social media platform
Headquarters: San Francisco, California 
Company Perks: Rooftop work space, steady flow of celebs, office gym
Monthly Base Pay: $6,791


2. VM Ware

What They Do: Cloud and virtualization software and services 
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California 
Company Perks: Relaxation rooms, dry cleaning services, free healthy snacks
Monthly Base Pay: $6,966 


1. Palantir 

What They Do: Computer software and data analysis 
Headquarters: Palo Alto, California 
Company Perks: Complimentary bike (and helmet), organized sports leagues, three chef-prepared meals a day
Monthly Base Pay: $7,012 

Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Supercompressor. Consider this his resignation letter. Follow him @WilFulton

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