Top 25 Corporate Internships

Chances are that when you showed up on the first day of college orientation, landing the perfect college internship was not the first thing on your mind. You were more likely thinking about your roommate, and classes…and maybe even parties. But as the college goes on, you start to see the finish line (also known as the real world) drawing closer, and work experience definitely becomes a priority. Securing a great summer internship is one of the best ways to get a jump on your post-grad college search. In addition to developing skills and learning more about your chosen field, an internship allows you to make great connections with people who will be looking to hire eager college grads.

If the thought of finding the perfect internship seems really exciting, you’ll probably be interested in the some of the more prestigious scholarship programs out there. These top corporate internships are usually highly competitive, but can also set you up on the fast track to a great career.

So what are the Top 25 corporate internships?

The companies that hire interns to prestigious programs are often the big name corporations that you read about in the newspaper every day.

And large companies like these are usually hire a number of interns – sometimes well into the hundreds – at locations all around the country. Among the top 10 corporate internships are the following:

  • PriceWaterHouseCoopers (Accounting): This financial services giant pays their interns almost $10,000 for a summer of work, and 88% receive a job offer at the end of the program.
  • Ernst & Young (Accounting): Of the almost 3,000 interns hired by Ernst & Young, 98% received job offers. And that’s on top of making $9,000.
  • Deloitte & Touche (Accounting): The consultant behemoth also offers competitive wages ($25/hour) and hires a large percentage of their interns as full-time employees (88%).
  • Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking): No matter how Goldman Sachs looks in newspaper headlines, they will always be well know for the quality of their internship program, which hires 1000 interns annual and offers them highly competitive compensation – close to $12,000.
  • KPMG (Accounting): Rounding out the finance-heavy top 5 is KPMG, who offer 95% of their 8,500 interns full time jobs.
  • General Electric (Manufacturing): Proving that it’s not only accounting majors who can make the big bucks in internships, General Electric pays $10,000 to it’s 2,200 interns hired each year nationwide.
  • Walt Disney (Hospitality): No top ten list dealing with corporate internship programs would be complete without the inclusion of Walt Disney. The program is a crash course in all things Disney (most interns work in theme parks, in all aspects of operations and entertainment). While compensation is still competitive ($16/hr) they definitely sell the "Disney experience" as incentive enough to move to Florida or California to join the team.
  • JP Morgan (Investment Banking): Back in the world of finance, JP Morgan stands out for high wages ($15,000) and for the relatively small group of interns hired each year (about 250). Get ready for some intense competition if you are considering working at JP Morgan this summer.
  • IBM (Technology): In our first and only tech-related internship program, IBM stands up with the major investment banks, offering interns $15,000 compensation, and hiring almost 3,000 interns per year.
  • Merril Lynch (Investment Banking): Another finance firm completes the 10 corporate internships, offer it’s 300 interns $12,000 in compensation.

If you don’t plan on getting your degree in finance or accounting (let’s face it, it’s not for everyone!), don’t worry! There are plenty of corporate internships out there for you. Please check out the rest of for more information about internships that fit every college major, and career path.


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