If you had to hazard a guess as to which company pays its interns the most, which would you pick? Google perhaps? Close. Maybe Twitter? Very close.
Twitter is in the Top 3, but the No. 1 company is probably not one you'll guess. It's Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based software and services company that largely works on government contracts.
According to a report released Friday by Glassdoor, an online jobs and career company, Palantir's average monthly base pay for an intern is $7,012. It's enough to make you think you've gone into the wrong field of work. Glassdoor's report was gathered from anonymous information provided by the site's users and is based on companies with at least 20 intern salary reports shared over the last two years.
Hot on the heels of Palantir comes VMware with an average salary of $6,966, followed by Twitter at $6,791, LinkedIn with $6,230, and Facebook at $6,213. Microsoft, Ebay, Google, Apple, Amazon, and Nvidia aren't too far behind. Intel might sound relatively stingy at $4,648 down in the 23rd spot -- until you compare it to Glassdoor's average pay calculation for all interns on its site, which lands between $2,400 and $3,100 per month.
Glassdoor also collected comments from interns about their jobs and working environments. A support engineer intern at Palantir had this to say: "Work is motivated by a real mission. Very few people are there just for money." A Microsoft Research intern lauded the housing, car rental, and relocation subsidies.
Perhaps the most interesting comment comes from a Yahoo Tech intern, who mentions "free lunch and snakes." That came from a former employee at Yahoo's Champaign, Ill., office. It's probably just an unfortunate typo -- snacks, perhaps? -- but some reptile fans may consider it a significant perk. Check out the full top-25 list below.