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20 Most Prestigious Internship Programs for 2018

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Students across the country know that an internship is essential in order to get their foot in the door of any industry. With competition for internships at the most desirable U.S. companies at an all-time high, Vault.com has compiled top internship rankings per industry and overall.

This past summer, Vault surveyed more than 12,000 current and former interns from more than 110 internship programs. In addition to asking respondents to rate and review their own internship experiences for the 2018 Best Internships Rankings, they asked interns to rate the prestige of other employers, to determine which internships are the most desirable. Survey respondents were presented with a list of top companies and, on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the highest (“It’s a dream job!”) and one being the lowest (“No one wants to work there”), they were asked to rate each company on how prestigious its internship is. Interns were asked to rate only the companies with whose reputations they were familiar. The ratings were averaged for each employer and then ranked the companies in order, starting with the highest score as No. 1 down to No. 50.

The Top 20 Most Prestigious Internship Programs for 2018 are:

1. Google
2. Apple
3. Facebook
4. Microsoft
5. Goldman Sachs
6. Tesla Motors
7. Amazon
8. J.P. Morgan
9. Morgan Stanley
10. The Walt Disney Company
11. Nike
12. Netflix
13. PwC
14. IBM
15. Deloitte
16. The Boston Consulting Group
17. Intel
18. ESPN
19. Mercedes-Benz
20. Berkshire Hathaway

 

For the third year in a row, Google ranked No. 1 for prestige, with survey respondents saying that it “looks incredibly impressive on a résumé,” has an “awesome culture,” and is “extremely innovative,” “one of the best tech firms to work for,” and a “dream internship.” “Anyone would hire you after you’ve worked there,” says one survey respondent. Another says, “Google offers amazing benefits, opportunities, and products. It’s the No. 1 place to be.”

In addition to Google maintaining its top spot, Apple and Facebook held on to the No. 2 and No. 3 ranking, respectively, while Microsoft leaped over Goldman Sachs to take the No. 4 spot, pushing Goldman to No. 5. The other major move among the top 10 was Amazon rising from No. 11 to No. 7. Survey participants called Amazon “as innovative as it gets,” “a résumé jet booster,” and “going to rule the world.”

 




 

Notable among the top 20, Netflix, in its first time in the survey, ranked No. 12. Survey takers called the booming streaming service “fresh and exciting,” “fast-paced and fun,” and said it “could become another Google or Amazon—maybe it already has.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Consulting Group rose three places to No. 16, and Mercedes-Benz jumped three places to No. 19. Vault has survey quotes for each ranked firm, available on request.

The Best Internship Programs

While Google was considered the most desired internship program for résumé radiance, many of the survey respondents were more than happy with their experiences elsewhere. Vault also surveyed interns, past and present, about their actual internship experiences at companies nationwide and then compiled rankings that provide insight into which programs best meet the needs of college students today.

This year’s winners include:

  1. Elliott Davis Decosimo
  2. Perella Weinberg Partners
  3. Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP
  4. Evercore Summer Program
  5. Nickelodeon NICKternship
  6. KPCB Fellows Program
  7. Bates White
  8. CapTech Elevate Internship
  9. Bain & Company
  10. Northwestern Mutual

Vault.com also features a web portal to help students research hundreds of internships, read thousands of internship reviews, and get advice on interviews, résumés, cover letters, and more at http://www.vault.com/internship-programs.

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