Highest-Paying Internships Are Mostly in Tech

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer April 19, 2021
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​Some interns will be earning over $8,000 per month this year, even as millions of workers have been driven out of the workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic and others await an uneven recovery that is slowly gaining momentum. Over half of the 25 companies paying their interns the most this year are in technology (16 companies), with six other companies in finance and two in the energy industry, according to data from Glassdoor's economic research team.

We've rounded up articles and resources from Glassdoor and SHRM Online on the news.

NVIDIA Takes Top Spot

The company with the highest monthly pay for interns is NVIDIA ($8,811), a computer hardware and software company that also ranked second among Glassdoor's Best Places to Work in 2021. Also in the top 10 for the highest-paid internships were Amazon, Capital One, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Salesforce and Uber.

(Glassdoor)

Internships Went Virtual During the Pandemic

Not surprisingly, most college students missed out on traditional internships last year due to the pandemic. Surveys showed that most of the organizations moving forward with internships modified them by making them virtual, shortening them or both.

(SHRM Online)

Students Both Optimistic and Realistic About Future

Despite the pandemic and labor market turmoil, most college students appear optimistic about finding jobs after graduation, according to recent research. However, they are being realistic about the time it will take to land their ideal position and the long-term impacts of the pandemic on their career overall.

(SHRM Online)

What Employers Need to Know About Unpaid Internships

Legal experts tend to advise employers to pay interns as the only sure way to avoid wage and hour litigation, but they acknowledge that the unique circumstances of the internship can lead to a different decision.

(SHRM Online)

Employing Interns

This SHRM resource highlights the business case for offering internships, including the benefits for both the employer and the intern, and discusses HR's role in implementing and managing an internship program, as well as communication, technology and legal issues.

(SHRM Online)

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