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Popular Internships

Certain internships are especially popular among students for good reason – some are highly paid, some provide valuable professional training, some offer hands-on work experience and others come with a great work environment.  For multiple good reasons, each of these companies receives thousands of intern applicants each year, and they each hire hundreds of student interns each summer:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The largest rental car company in North America is also one of the top intern employers. Enterprise touts a rigorous training program and a promote-from-within philosophy as two key benefits, and its ambitious recruitment process targets 1,000 college campuses across the U.S.

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, one of the big four accounting firms, advertises its internship program as an avenue from school to the “waters of the professional world”– the professional world of assurance, business advisory services and tax and transaction advisory services.

General Electric

This global conglomerate, which operates in more than 100 countries, offers full-time paid internships in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, Malaysia, the Middle East, Mexico and the U.S. The average internship lasts 10 to 12 weeks, with an hourly wage of $20.  Most interns are engineering-oriented, and the company looks for personal integrity, self-confidence, initiative, teamwork, analytical ability, openness to change and interpersonal skills.

KPMG

This accounting firm offers 8- to 12-week winter, spring and summer internships in four programs: National Intern Training (focusing on leadership, communication and cross-functional training), Global Internships (with four weeks spent abroad), Fast Forward Leadership (for college juniors) and Future Diversity Leaders (for minority-group freshmen and sophomores).

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin stands out with a 12-week program that immerses interns in the research, design and development of advanced technology systems.  Most interns arrive with a background in information technology and several types of engineering, including systems, electrical, computer and mechanical.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is one of the largest U.S. defense contractors with facilities in all 50 states.  Northrop Grumman hires around 1,000 interns every year, almost all of them in the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers maintains an aggressive internship program that begins with interviews at 200 campuses across the nation. Interns in the two-month program are placed in the assurance, tax and advisory areas of the global accounting firm. After one to two weeks of orientation, tackling case studies and practice exercises, they join a client-engagement team that advises and consults with multinational companies.

Target

Retail giant Target is picking up interns, entry-level hires and master’s degree hires in large numbers.  Each year they hire more than 500 interns and recent graduates fill a variety of jobs with the company, ranging from business analyst to pharmacist to executive team leader.

University Directories

University Directories is a publishing company that specializes in making planners, handbooks and directories for college campuses and surrounding communities. It relies on college students and interns to connect with college communities and make its products.  University Directories regularly hires more than 700 interns per summer.

 

Company

Interns in 2010

Interns in 2009

Primary Business

# of Employees

University Directories

750

700

Publishing

50

Northrop Grumman

1000

1000

Aerospace and defense

120000

Enterprise rent-a-car

1000

1800

Automotive rentals/leasing

70000

Target

1200

1100

Retail merchandising

360000

Lockheed martin

1493

1932

Aerospace and defense

146000

Ernst & young

1571

1869

Professional services

135700

kpmg

1600

2000

Professional service

137000

PwC

2041

2279

Professional service

156000

General Electric

2400

2400

Energy

323000