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For people at the start of their careers, an internship can be a crucial professional development tool. The right internship is not only a great way to get a foot in the door at a company but also an opportunity to “try out” a career to see if it’s a good fit.
Other benefits include mentorship opportunities and the ability to establish a professional network with other interns at the company—not to mention (depending on the firm) the opportunity to experience company perks.
But the benefits aren’t limited to interns alone—for companies these programs represent a way to attract top young talent. In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 67% of college students’ internships in 2017 turned into job offers—with a 76.4% acceptance rate.
Which companies receive the best reviews from interns?
Not all internships are the same, of course. So to identify the very best, Indeed’s data science team crunched the numbers from reviews by interns at firms in our 72 million-strong database of ratings and reviews. We then ranked the top workplaces for internships in the US based on overall ratings from interns.
This list is useful both for job seekers looking for the best internships and for companies trying to learn best practices for providing a positive intern experience. And here’s some good news: no one sector is dominant—the ranking features a variety of companies in different sectors, including health care, retail, food service and entertainment.
Kaiser Permanente scored highest overall, with a 4.24 overall rating from interns. Kaiser Permanente is a health-care organization that was a pioneer in prepaid health coverage, and it also placed first in our Top-Rated Healthcare Workplaces in 2018.
According to Kaiser Permanente’s program, they are looking for interns who are “bold, creative, curious, and excited to contribute to the future of health.” One standout review was from an intern who was impressed by the company’s passion for service—“You get to experience working with an amazing staff who care about the clients they are working with.”
Next on our rankings we find the Walt Disney Company, with an overall rating of 4.14 from its interns. Disney offers interns the chance to work with “a family of legendary brands passionate about creating world-class experiences on a global scale.” Interns at the world-famous company get the chance to work with world-class experts in their respective fields at an entertainment juggernaut that shows no sign of slowing down.
Rounding out the top five places for internships were financial services giant Northwestern Mutual (overall rating: 4.10), national pharmacy chain Walgreens (overall rating: 4.07) and everyone’s favorite place to get fit and hang out, the YMCA (overall rating: 4.05).
Now let’s take a look at some of the best practices gleaned from the top-ranked companies.
1. Paid internships can lead to better results
Though we didn’t set out to include only paid internships on our list, we learned that all of the highest-rated companies do…