Lately, the word “internship” has become synonymous with “unpaid labor.” Interns are usually gophers in charge of copying documents, finding things in the supply closet, going on errands, organizing databases and all the other not-fun things that the full-time employees don’t want to do.
But if you can snag an internship at any of these companies, you can actually make thousands of dollars a month and get legitimate experience. These gigs made Glassdoor’s list of the 25 highest paying internships for 2017.
This is just a sampling of some of the highest-paying internships you can snag this summer. You can read about other internships on Glassdoor’s list.
Facebook: $8,000 median monthly pay
Facebook was No. 1 on Glassdoor’s list with its $8,000 median monthly pay for interns. If you can score an internship at Facebook, more power to you. Internships at this company are tech-related, so you’ll be doing things like data science, design, IT and software engineering. While they do hire tons of interns every summer, the process is incredibly difficult, so be prepared for intense levels of scrutiny.
Of course once you’re there, the perks are amazing. Aside from the incredible salary, interns also get free housing, free meals on Facebook’s campus and all of the employee perks like day trips down the coast of California. Excuse me, gotta go fill out an application.
Microsoft: $7,100 median monthly pay
Unsurprisingly, the second-highest paying internship is also in tech. The process is similar to that of Facebook’s, where you can apply online or talk to a recruiter. The internship program at Microsoft is open to undergraduates and recent graduates.
Microsoft also offers a special 12-week-long internship called the Explore Microsoft program. Specifically designed for freshman and sophomores in college, this internship will rotate you through different positions to see what works best for you. Plus, uh, fun stuff:
ExxonMobil: $6,507 median monthly pay
This is the highest-paying internship that isn’t in the tech field on the Glassdoor list.
If you’re an upperclassman with an economics major, you can apply online. You could be working in pretty much any aspect of the engineering and economics world, including process simulation, safety studies, monitoring software, economic studies and more.
Amazon: $6,400 median monthly pay
Amazon offers a ton of internships, both in the tech sphere and other fields. You could intern in the sales department, work with talent acquisition, work on software development or any number of other areas. Amazon also hires undergrads, graduate students and even Ph.D. candidates to be interns.