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December 18, 2012

I Think I’ll Take the Intern Position

Filed under: General HR Buzz3:11 pm

My son will be going to college in the next couple of years, so we have begun the visits to prospective schools.  His plan – at the moment – is to major in business.  I’m learning that a lot of things have changed since I was in business school.  Obviously, there aren’t any more DOS commands, electric typewriters, or computer punch cards for those programming classes.

However, it’s not only the advances in technology I’m impressed with but I’m excited with the level of career planning that occurs during the college years.  The norm and expectation seems to be that every student will complete some type of internship during their college years, beginning as early as their sophomore year.  What a great way to explore the “real world” before finishing your field of study and reinforcing it’s what you want to be when you grow up.

The other surprise I found was that the students should expect to get paid for these internships.  Yes, actual money that could be used to reduce the balance due of the student loans upon graduation!  Back in my day, we would have volunteered to work at a company, let alone get paid for doing so, just to be able to put the experience on a resume.   It sure brought me delight to think that the experience could be on the resume as a “paid” job, rather than a “volunteer” opportunity.

Apparently, this is the case for quite a few companies, including some of the most admired companies that one might wish to work for.  According to career site Glassdoor.com, software engineer interns come in with the highest paid internships averaging anywhere from $51,576 to $78,096 including companies such as IBM Research, Intel Corporation, Apple, Facebook, and Exxon Mobil.  For internships in other fields, going rates generally range from $15.00 to $20.00 an hour, which still beats the volunteer experience.

In any case, I’m glad to see that career planning and internships are areas that have progressed in the years since my college days.  And at the rates quoted by Glassdoor, I may have a change in my career and decide I want to be an intern
when I grow up!

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