Employees routinely say that the best places to work are some of the big tech companies. Few other industries provide their workers with the perks commonplace at companies like Google, Facebook, or Twitter. However, it's very challenging to get a full-time position at many of these companies. Google, for instance, is more selective than Harvard University.
We say this not to discourage you by any means-just the opposite. Ultimately, there is no better way to get a foot-in-the-door at companies such as these than through an internship program. But, which should you choose? To help figure out which internship program (and workplace more generally) is right for you, we created this list of the 8 best tech internships in 2022. Let's take a closer look:
Google is one of the most globally sought-after companies of any tech company. Every year, hiring managers receive millions of applications for various roles. Getting your foot in the door at Google is an incredibly demanding and competitive task. However, procuring an internship at the company can put you ahead of the rest.
- The STEP (Student Training in Engineering Program) is for those engineering and tech-related roles.
- The BOLD (Build Opportunities for Leadership & Development) is meant for those business and marketing-related roles.
- Finally, the APM (Associate Product Manager) is for product management and product marketing management roles.
While it may feel overwhelming preparing for or aspiring to obtain an internship at Google, given its scale. Fortunately for you, however, the company is very transparent. Google hiring managers give an extensive overview of their hiring practices in their document aptly named "How We Hire," packed with tons of actionable advice.
Facebook is another big tech company with an extensive internship program for recent grads. Many internship roles last between 12-16 weeks. The internship programs at Facebook are significantly educational, whereas internship programs at other companies may be more hands-on. This is not necessarily a bad thing by any means. Facebook interns have access to a wide range of professional mentors. Not only that, they can enjoy the highly open and innovative culture at the company.
Every intern at Facebook is matched with a mentor that works alongside them on a 1:1 basis. Throughout your program, you will receive continuous support from your mentor(s) and managers. Interns also can interact with all the other employees at the company. While these mentorships are educational above all, as we mentioned, that does not mean that interns will not make legitimate contributions to the company. Nearly all Facebook interns have the chance to ship code or help develop actual projects at the company within days of their programs.
The company offers its interns the same benefits and perks as most full-time Facebookers. Interns also receive housing assistance during the program. Not only that, once you've interned once at the company, you'll automatically be considered for another internship offer (should it apply). If not, you'll have a strong chance of obtaining a full-time position at the company should you choose to pursue it.
Microsoft has an extensive internship program, one that is available for students in Bachelor's, Master's, MBAs, or Ph.D. programs. Like many internships on our list, interns at Microsoft work alongside full-time employees. Together, they contribute to the technical or business projects currently underway.
However, hands-on experience is not the only thing available to Microsoft interns. The programs at the company are very educational, as well. Interns have the chance to experience the company culture first-hand while doing real work alongside Microsoft employees. Interns also have the chance to engage and interact with senior management or executives and participate in memorable corporate events. All Microsoft internships are paid and come with relocation assistance and many of the perks of full-time employees.
To qualify for an internship program at Microsoft, you will need to be a full-time student at an accredited four-year university. Needless to say, your area of study will need to be relevant to the internship you are applying to.
Amazon offers internship programs for all sorts of students-whether they are Bachelor's, Master's, MBAs, or Ph.Ds. Not only that, the company offers internship roles globally. As you can imagine, the internship programs are designed to give students an inside look at the operations at Amazon and the inner workings of their particular roles. These programs begin with an extensive onboarding experience alongside other Amazon interns. From there, interns will connect with managers and employees who provide them with mentorship and guidance throughout their program. Amazon interns will be tasked with a program-long project that they will ultimately present to other Amazon employees at the end of their program. To learn more about the specifics of Amazon internships, be sure to check out their many intern-specific blog posts.
For those recent tech grads interested in space exploration, SpaceX offers a year-long internship program. Those students accepted to this internship program will have perhaps the most unique experience of any on our list. There are many different internship opportunities available at the company. SpaceX internships span both engineering and business roles. To qualify, you must be a student at an accredited four-year university with a 3.5 GPA or higher. However, the company also requires software engineering and business interns to be six months or less away from their graduation date. Nevertheless, those students currently enrolled in a Master's program are also eligible for SpaceX internships.
Make no mistake, SpaceX interns, whether they be engineering, software development, operations, or marketing, will have a hands-on role at the company. The work done in these programs is anything but frivolous. Interns will be involved in designing, developing, testing, and manufacturing spaceflight technology.
Twitter is unique in that they have various internship programs (especially diversity programs) completed virtually. Following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Twitter made headlines allowing its employees to work remotely permanently if they wanted to. This attitude towards virtual work extends to their internship programs.
All interns at Twitter are called "Terns." But, just like many of the other interns on our list, Terns still play a vital role at the company and contribute to real work. Twitter internship programs are open for those students at an accredited four-year university in their junior or senior years. Graduate students are also eligible.
As we mentioned, Twitter has several diversity programs for its interns. These are:
- #TwitterAcademy: #TwitterAcademy is a 12-week summer paid internship program specifically meant for members of historically underrepresented communities, such as Women, Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous people. #TwitterAcademy is for those computer science students in their second year or higher of a four-year university program.
- #FirstFlight: #FirstFlight is perhaps one of the shortest internship programs on our list. It lasts only two days. Again, this diversity program is designed for those third-year Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Indigenous students. The interns chosen for this program interview for other internship programs later on.
- #TakeFlight: #TakeFlight is another two-day internship program at Twitter. This program, however, was developed for first-generation college students, women, or members of the LGBTQIA+ community. This is another engineering program open to computer science students. The two days of the program consist of hands-on technical workshops, professional development seminars, and opportunities to meet with senior leadership.
- #EarlyBird: The #EarlyBird program is another short internship at Twitter. This program, however, is a five-day program for first-year computer science students (as the name suggests). This is another diversity program for students from underrepresented communities.
Adobe is another big tech company offering students paid internship opportunities. Here, students have the chance to make valuable connections while developing in-demand career skills. Students from a diverse range of backgrounds can find internships at Adobe. Whether their education is in engineering, marketing, sales, operations, or otherwise. However, there are three primary internship programs at the company. These are:
- Internships at Adobe Research: The Research teams at Adobe accept interns from Ph.D. programs to join the computer science and electrical engineering teams. These interns work alongside actual Adobe researchers in the lab to contribute to cutting-edge technology.
- Adobe Sales Academy: Adobe offers internships through the Adobe Sales Academy for business students. Here, students will get hands-on experience with enterprise-level sales with one of the largest digital marketing and media companies. Here, Adobe sales interns will receive high-quality training and meet with mentors to become the next generation of sales professionals.
- MBAs at Adobe: Finally, Adobe offers professional development internships for those students in MBA programs. This internship program was developed by the Talent Development team at the company alongside those Adobe employees with MBAs themselves. These interns will get an inside look at the business and marketing strategy at Adobe. They will also develop their professional business skills while making valuable connections and career pathways along the way.
Apple treats its interning students like any other employee at the company. The internship programs here are unique in that there is an expectation of learning by both the employees and the company. In other words, the company naturally expects its interns to learn much from their experiences, but they also expect their full-time employees to learn too.
The internship programs at Apple are some of the most noteworthy on our list because Apple itself is very unique. The culture at the company is a blend of technology and the arts. In this way, Apple provides internship opportunities for those that other tech companies may not, i.e., liberal arts students. Interns can work in several different places at Apple- one of the company's many offices, an Apple store, or even from home.
Ace Your Internship Interviews with Exponent
Acing internship interviews at these companies is no walk in the park. They wouldn't be the best internship opportunities if they were. However, this doesn't mean you can't set yourself up for success with a little practice and interview prep. Here at Exponent, we can help you in some of the following ways:
Review Previous Interview Questions
While you can always get a general idea of the kinds of interview questions coming your way based on the role, there's no way to know for sure. Even so, it is always invaluable to review and study previously asked interview questions. Fortunately, we've compiled hundreds of such questions from members of the Exponent community.
Rehearse with a Mock Interview
Tech company interviews, even for internship roles, are notoriously strenuous. It's natural to feel nervous or anxious beforehand. The best way to alleviate some of these fears and build some confidence going into it is by rehearsing with mock interviews.
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Meet with an Interview Coach
Last but certainly not least, you can really put yourself ahead of the competition by consulting with an interview coach. Not only can you meet a coach with expertise at the specific company you are applying to, but they can also help gauge your chances, provide effective feedback, and help you make the best impression when the time comes.