2018 Most Prestigious Internships

By Joyce Huber

In 2017, Vault, an online company that provides rankings, ratings and reviews on companies, invited more than 400 organizations to distribute a survey to current and former interns. Responses were received from more than 12,000 interns. In addition to asking respondents to rate and review their own internship experiences for the 2018 Best Internships Rankings, interns were asked to rate the prestige of other employers to determine which internships are the most desirable.



Netflix Internships and Jobs

Netflix Internships and Jobs
Netflix offers students and grads an opportunity to work for a leading media and video-on-demand company that offers competitive salaries and a work life philosophy not found at most other companies, not to mention living in sunny California.

Challenging opportunities are offered in finance, engineering, marketing and public relations, business, technology, legal and much more. Netflix believes in working smarter, not harder. So they have no formal 9-to-5 workday, no prescribed time off policies for salaried employees and no set holiday and vacation schedule.


McKinsey & Co. Internships

McKinsey & Co. Internships
McKinsey & Co. Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Internships are offered all year round for students in their fourth semester and onward.

Internships typically last eight weeks and provide a hands-on opportunity to experience work as a consultant. Ideal candidates should have strong analytical and leadership skills. Internships can also present the opportunity to return to McKinsey as a consultant after graduation for master students or as a business analyst for bachelor students.


Mercedes-Benz Internships

Mercedes-Benz Internships
Mercedes-Benz Internships are open to current college students or students planning to enter a degree program. Internships are offered in a wide arrange of disciplines and last anywhere from 2 - 6 months. Pay depends on the type of internship and the labor regulations in the relevant country.

Summer Internships are offered in Engineering, Finance, IT, Design and Operations. Interns will not only receive support from experienced skilled professionals in their field of interest but also have a chance to become familiar with a different culture and country.


Bloomberg Internships

Bloomberg Internships
Bloomberg Internships are open to undergrads or postgrads in fields from finance to news and from technology to clean energy. Summer interns who perform well will have a good chance to interview for a full-time position after graduating.

Internships are available in Corporate Functions, Financial Products, Industry Verticals, Global Data, News, Research and Technology. Locations include U.S., Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Recruiting takes place in the Fall, Winter and Summer. Summer internships run 8 - 16 weeks, depending on location. Some internships may last longer.


Samsung Internships

Samsung Internships
Samsung Internships are offered to college students in a wide variety of both technical and non-technical positions. The Samsung Summer Internship program is designed to introduce college students to full-time roles within the semiconductor industry.

Summer intern candidates must be pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Computer Science, or a non-technical degree in the area of the internship. A GPA of 3.0 or above is required. Interns work full time hours June – August (Monday-Friday; 8am-5pm).


Spotify Internships

Spotify Internships
Spotify Internships are offered to both undergraduate and graduate students; undergraduate students should be in their second or third year of college. Internships are paid.

Summer, paid internships are available in many areas, including business, engineering, content development, data analysis, sales and marketing, product design, product management, software engineering, and more. Summer internships will last for 10 weeks and start at the beginning of June.


The Television Academy Foundation Internship Program

The-Television-Academy-Foundation-Internship-Program
The Television Academy Foundation Internship Program offers 50 paid summer internships in over 30 different categories to college students across the country. The program gives both undergraduate and graduate students in-depth exposure to professional television production.

Summer internships are paid and are eight weeks long. All internships are in Los Angeles. There are many categories to choose from, including animation, art direction and set decoration, casting, physical production, broadcast news, choreography, cinematography, costume design, editing, and so much more.


The SpaceX University Program

The Spacex University Program
The Spacex University Program is a year-round program for college students interested in space exploration. Internships are open to both technical and non-technical candidates currently enrolled at a four-year accredited university.

The program includes positions for both interns as well as associate engineer positions. Candidates for internships must be currently enrolled at an accredited four-year university or college. Students looking for internships in business operations or software applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college or within 6 month post-graduation.


Leidos Internships

Leidos Internships are offered to both high school students planning to attend college as well as current college students. Summer internships are offered in many technology areas and at many locations.

Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year, accredited college or university, and major in computer science, information technology or any engineering degree program with computer languages like Java. Summer internship positions may be part-time or full-time. Each internship is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and experience to become fully proficient in the duties of the job and prepare them for a future career in technology.


Top 30 Minority Internships for 2018


The job market for college grads is changing and becoming more competitive. Now, in addition to GPA and accomplishments, employers want to see more applicants who have completed one or more internships. In fact, according to Monster.com, internship experience is one of the most important factors now for employers when considering new college grads for full-time positions.

An internship gives students on-the-job experience while they are still in college. Why is this so important? Internships teach skills that are beyond classroom knowledge. For employers, a college student who has completed one or more internships is often equivalent to full-time employees who have been on the job for many years. For college students, listing one or more internships on their resume shows initiative and real job experience in their field, making them more competitive than other college students who have not completed an internship and more valuable to employers.


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