What does an Intern do?

Interns are high school or college students and recent graduates looking to gain experience with a company in a field that piques their interest and possibly leads to future employment. They work for a select amount of time in departments and locations to better understand what the job entails. Depending upon their placement and program, they perform various tasks, from shadowing staff, to administrative assistance, to tackling in-depth projects with fellow interns.

Interns need a well-written resume, transcript, and letters of recommendation to prepare and submit with their application. Depending upon where they apply, there may be additional requirements including PowerPoint presentations or writing samples. Because organizations might hire from the intern pool, it is in an intern's best interest to maintain a professional and friendly demeanor to establish rapport with appropriate team members.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Intern Salaries

Average Base Pay

$45,660 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $46K
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Intern Career Path

Learn how to become an Intern, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Intern Insights

Read what Intern professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Summer Intern
Sep. 23, 2021

“I have been able to learn from both the positive and negative aspects of the recruiting process.”

U.S. BankU.S. Bank
Feb. 19, 2020

“Everyone I worked with was super nice and super willing to help if I ever had any questions.”

University of California BerkeleyUniversity of California Berkeley
PhD Candidate
Feb. 27, 2020

“Everyone at Berkeley is overworked and really busy and probably won't answer your email.”

Jun. 18, 2019

“Everybody here is really helpful and friendly and their is lot to learn from them apart from work.”

Boston Public Health CommissionBoston Public Health Commission
Jun. 25, 2020

“Everyone was very friendly and I enjoyed the work because I knew I was helping people.”

TMF GroupTMF Group
Summer Intern
Jan. 10, 2021

“I had a summer to fill and good work experience opportunities were few and far between.”

Feb. 26, 2021

“My manager was very encouraging and motivating and let me know when I was doing a good job.”

Chacon Diaz & Di Virgilio Wealth Management
Jul. 12, 2021

“Guillermo and James are amazing and intelligent people who really look to better you as a person.”

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