What does a Summer 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.

EducationDegree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Summer Intern Salaries

Average Base Pay

$52,811 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$30K
Median: $53K
$94K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Summer Intern Career Path

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

L1
Summer Intern
$52,811/yr
L2
Intern
$45,660/yr
L3
Senior Intern
$52,811/yr
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Summer Intern Insights

Read what Summer Intern professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
U.S. BankU.S. Bank
Intern
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.”

Boston Public Health CommissionBoston Public Health Commission
Intern
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.”

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

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

AerogenAerogen
Intern
Feb. 26, 2021

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

Weber ShandwickWeber Shandwick
Digital Intern
Nov. 17, 2021

“Great place to start my career as there is great exposure and got to learn a lot.”

SECSEC
Intern
Mar. 3, 2020

“I was honestly not expecting the SEC to be such a lively and fun place to work.”

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