The Best Internship Programs for 2018

 
 

Calling all college students! Polish up your resumes and practice your interview skills because internship season is right around the corner. I know what you're thinking: "uhm, I just started fall semester a few weeks ago! I'll think about internships later." Sure, you can always apply for internships during the spring semester, but many big companies with robust internship programs start accepting applications as early as the fall. 

So, if you'll be applying for a summer internship for 2018, the internship programs below might catch your eye. Bookmark this post and refer back to it as you plan out which companies you want to apply to. 
 
Without further adieu, let’s dive in to the internship programs!

If you really want to stand out and “wow” future employers, try to score an internship at one of the companies below. According to Vault.com, these 20 companies have the most prestigious internship programs.

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

Interns that have worked at No. 1 ranked Google have said that it's a great company to have on a resume and that the company has an awesome culture and is extremely innovative. Google also offers great benefits, opportunities and products for their employees. 

Want to know that best all-around internship program? The Elliott Davis Decosimo ENVISION Summer Internship takes the cake on that one. One former intern said that they accepted a full time offer because of how welcome they felt and how it truly felt like they were part of the team from the get-go. 

Now let's talk about the internship program that offers the best quality of life. Any fans of Nickelodeon out there?! Their Nickternship Program offers students the chance to network and learn from lots of full-time Nickelodeon employees. 

Some other things that you might be looking for in a potential internship opportunity are things like career development, compensation and benefits and the chance at future employment. Perella Weinberg Partners Advisory Summer Internship Program is considered the best internship for career development AND compensation/benefits. Talk about a win-win for students that are looking for an internship in the financial services world! When it comes to employment prospects, you'll want to check out Evercore Advisory Summer Analyst and Summer Associate Program - a 10-week program that'll provide experience in investment banking. 

Now you might be saying to yourself: "none of these internships apply to me or my major." Well, read on because we're breaking down the top industry-specific internships next!

Best Accounting Internship: Elliott Davis Decosimo ENVISION Summer Internship Experience
Best Consulting Internship: Bates White Summer Consultant Program
Best Energy Internship: Westar Energy Internship Program
Best Financial Services Internship: KPCB Fellows Program
Best Health Care Internship: Abbott Laboratories Internship Program
Best Investment Banking Internship: Perella Weinberg Partners Advisory Summer Internship Program
Best Media & Telecommunications Internship: Nickelodeon Nickternship Program
Best Retail & Consumer Products Internship: RAI Internship Program
Best Tech & Engineering Internship: Capital One Technology Development Program

All of those sound like great opportunities, right?! 

So how do you find a good internship? Where do you even begin? What's the best way to come across opportunities? Lots of students find their internship through campus recruiting or career fairs while others find them through referrals from family/friends or directly on a company's website. 

After finding, applying and being offered an internship, you might be wondering how others decide which internship they accept. Turns out that pay is the No. 1 deciding factor when choosing an internship. Location is a close second, followed by career advancement  and the opportunity for a full-time job offer.

If you're a student, what types of internship opportunities interest you? If you've graduated from college, did you ever have an internship? Was the experience valuable? Share with me in the comment section below!