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6 Cool Tech Internships You Wish You Had

Interns at top tech companies such as Facebook and Google enjoy many of the same perks available to full-time employees.
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For a long time, the title "intern" was synonymous with "company gofer." Buried at the bottom of the corporate food chain, interns have long been associated with tasks like fetching coffee and making copies, compensated with little but a few extra lines on their resumes.

As companies often rely on their intern pools for new hires, it's unfair to make the generalization that internships are a waste of time. Most provide students with skills they might never learn in a classroom, something I learned during five internships over the course of my undergraduate and post-grad years.

Modern entry-level roles often require applicants to have an internship or two under their belts.

The spectrum of internship experiences is broad and varied. On the lesser side, there are employers that impose 10-hour workdays on their interns with little to no pay -- situations that eventually lead to the rise of lawsuits such as those at Conde Nast and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

[ Looking for a new gig? Read: Tech Jobs: 12 Killer Locations. ]

On the opposite end, there are businesses that not only provide interns with housing but also offer many of the same lavish perks that full-time employees enjoy. The competition for these positions is fierce, as many companies use their internship programs as extended interviews to vet candidates for full-time roles.

Tech giants, including Facebook and Google, are famous for showering employees with benefits such as free gym memberships, round-the-clock meals and snacks, massages, and bike rentals. Interns are welcome to take advantage of these amenities, in addition to intern-specific perks such as team-building activities and flights before and after their internships -- all on top of handsome payment packages.

It should be noted that interns earn these perks, just as their full-time mentors and colleagues do. After undergoing competitive and technical interview processes, interns are trusted to work on projects that contribute to their organization and potentially affect millions of customers.

So, did you miss out on these perks when you were an intern? Do you want to see how the elite intern during their summers, or are you hoping for one of these privileged positions for yourself? Let us know in the comments section below and share your own internship experiences with us.

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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batye
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6/9/2015 | 9:48:06 AM
Re: 6 Cool Tech Internships You Wish You Had
@zerox203 I would say Google want only the best... and pick the best... as for now Google is a leader... and to be a Leader... you must have a best crew... how I see it...
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batye,
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6/9/2015 | 9:46:04 AM
Re: Apple vs Google
@Technocrati, I could not agree more... I never win win for everyone... as some one will always luse... one way or other...
batye
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batye,
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6/9/2015 | 9:44:28 AM
Re: Apple vs Google
@Li Tan yes you are right... at the same time it like a new learning curve for new graduates... trying they best...
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batye,
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6/9/2015 | 9:43:13 AM
Re: Apple vs Google
@Kelly22 I could not agree more... as everyone love the winner and want to be assosiated with....
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Kelly22,
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6/4/2015 | 12:54:08 PM
Re: Apple vs Google
Absolutely. I'd bet that the pool of college juniors applying for Google internships exceeds the amount of applications that other companies get from freshmen/sophomores/juniors combined.
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Li Tan,
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6/4/2015 | 10:55:42 AM
Re: Apple vs Google
The requirement looks fair enough. But I believe the bar for intership in Google would be rather high and the competition would be rather fierce.
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6/1/2015 | 5:36:31 PM
Re: Apple vs Google
@David   That is a really good idea, there are countless numbers of qualified people out there who would welcome the opportunity.  And I dare say it could be a win-win for everyone concerned.
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6/1/2015 | 5:06:23 PM
Re: Apple vs Google
@David. Not a bad idea at all. Actually, in the movie I mentioned down below, the two main characters are middle age guys. Of course, it's just a movie. So I went to check Google's internship page, and some of the minimum qualifications are:
  • Be currently enrolled in a 4-year BA/BS program, in any major, at a university in the United States.
  • Be a current undergraduate Junior. Freshman and Sophomores are encouraged to apply for student programs at google.com/students.

These requirements will let down a lot of people. 
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6/1/2015 | 4:29:33 PM
Re: 6 Cool Tech Internships You Wish You Had
@zerox203 thanks, and I agree that there is something to be said about the differences between these internships and the majority of intern programs.. While it's great for the few that can take breaks in Google's nap pods and eat free meals, the truth is that many interns still have to work for free in order to get the experience they need to get jobs.
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6/1/2015 | 3:15:41 PM
Re: Apple vs Google
I have started to watch The Internship, have not finished it yet - but it looks to be really good !
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