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Silicon Valley's Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

Updated: 06/10/2014 10:44 AM
Created: 06/10/2014 9:07 AM KSTP.com

With summer's arrival comes an influx of thousands of Silicon Valley interns. Well paid and perked, young up-and-comers from around the world who successfully navigate the competitive application process are now being assigned big time responsibility at firms such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter...
   
With summer's arrival comes an influx of thousands of Silicon Valley interns, and these kids aren't just fetching coffee. Silicon Valley tech firms pay their interns more than any other sector in the U.S., according to a Top 25 list of 2014 intern pay by online career website Glassdoor.
   
Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto-based cybersecurity firm, topped the list with $7,012 average monthly base pay, but Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay, Google and Apple, all pay more than $5,000 a month. And that's not counting the perks, which include bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.
   
Virtually every major tech firm including Apple, eBay, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, and Intel, as well as many startups, offer internships.

Interns put in long hours; the requirement is 40 hours a week, but the reality is they are immersed in projects they want to produce, and often put in longer hours.
   
While most positions are for computer science, programming and developing, there are plenty of non-tech internships for designers, bankers, marketers, public relations workers, artists and more.


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