Glassdoor is an online job and career community that can help you with everything from advice about an upcoming interview (from someone who works at the company that you're interviewing at!) to salary expectations for certain careers. Last Friday, the site also published an important list for collegiettes: the 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now!
The list was compiled by surveying the people who know best - current and former interns! NACE reported that employers are expecting to hire 8.5% more interns this year. 58.6% of interns who graduated in 2011 are also converting into full-time hires this year, so that means that internships are all the more important for snagging an awesome job after graduation!
Google ranks #1 on the list of the best companies to intern for. Google took the #5 spot in Glassdoor's list of the 50 best places to work in 2012, but interns report getting to sit in on meetings and spending lots of quality time with their higher ups. The internship program is recommended for business majors and engineers.
Microsoft came in at #2 on the list. According to Glassdoor's blog, a program manager intern said that the program was effective because "“it was obviously designed to fix any problems before they occur. I had very clear project expectations, lots of positive feedback, great working conditions, and excellent compensation.”
QUALCOMM, a wireless technology and innovation company, ranked #3 on the list and MTV Networks and State Farm came in at #4 and #5, respectively. Other members of the top 20 list included Intel, GE, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Nordstrom, JPMorgan Chase, Target, Scottrade, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, NBC Universal and Amazon.
The blog also includes recent intern interview questions with advice from interns who got the job. According to candidates, Amazon has the toughest interview questions, most of which are situational production efficiency evaluations. Other tough questions included:
"So why do you think you are a genius?" - Proctor and Gamble Intern Candidate
"What does a college dorm look like in 10 years?" - Microsoft Program Manager Intern Candidate
"How many ping pong balls can you fit in a school bus?" - Google Intern Candidate
For more interesting information on these cool internship programs, check out Glassdoor's blog! These programs may be competitive, but Glassdoor exists to help you get an edge on your competition. Go get 'em, collegiettes!