The 15 best companies to intern for, according to interns

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The 15 best companies to intern for, according to interns

More students are pursuing higher education with career outcomes in mind, and many begin their college journey with the goal of landing a job by graduation.

One way students can get their foot in the door at a company and see if it’s a good fit is through internships.

Indeed recently identified the best companies for internships, based on 72 million ratings and reviews from their database. Indeed’s data science team analyzed the ratings to determine which companies provide interns with the best and most valuable experiences. Here are the 15 top-rated companies for internships:

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  1. Kaiser Permanente
  2. The Walt Disney Company
  3. Northwestern Mutual
  4. Walgreens
  5. YMCA
  6. Starbucks
  7. Lowe’s
  8. Burlington Stores
  9. The Home Depot
  10. Macy’s
  11. Amazon
  12. Kohl’s
  13. Chick-fil-A
  14. Target
  15. UPS

While the list features a variety of sectors—from health care to entertainment to food service—each company has one thing in common: they pay their interns.

It’s no surprise that interns rate paid internships higher than unpaid internships. Paid internships not only lead to better employment outcomes, but they also help interns cover living and transportation costs. For interns who cannot live at home or who work in expensive cities, an unpaid internship can cost as much as $12,986, CNBC Make It estimates.

Paid interns also tend to be assigned more complex tasks and gain more experience, one study shows. And interns appreciate the chance to try different tasks, learn new skills, and meet a variety of people within the company. “You get to experience working with an amazing staff who care about the clients they are working with,” explains one intern at Kaiser Permanente.

Interns also rated workplaces higher if they were kept busy at work. When companies plan interns’ work ahead of time, interns are more engaged and are more likely to contribute to the company’s goals. For example, interns at Walgreens applauded the company for their heavy workload: “You’re never not busy while on the clock.”

Some workplaces even offer interns perks beyond a paycheck. For example, Starbucks provides interns with housing and unlimited coffee to help cut the high cost of living in Seattle. While not every company can offer such assistance, companies can provide interns with simple perks like transportation and access to on-site amenities (Indeed blog, 5/22; Hess, CNBC, 5/23).

Keep reading: 3 ways to make sure internship experiences are valuable

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