Survey: These are the best companies to intern at in 2018

When you’re an intern at a company, you want to know that you fetching coffee and doing entry-level grunt work will one day pay off. At Indeed, data scientists found out where that hard work and effort was rewarded, releasing a list of the top-rated workplaces for interns in 2018.

Looking through the 72 million ratings and reviews posted on its site, Indeed pulled out the submissions submitted by interns. Although the companies differed in purpose and size, they all got positive reviews from interns who said they were given purpose and a variety of tasks that prepared them for the future. And yes, these top internships all paid their interns, Indeed found.

The best places to intern in 2018

  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

Big retailers were among the top places to work as an intern. Health-care organization Kaiser Permanente earned the top spot with a 4.24 overall rating from interns. Interns there said they got to learn from the best, with one being particularly impressed with the company’s attention to service: “You get to experience working with an amazing staff who care about the clients they are working with.”

When internships work out, they are a win-win for both intern and employer. “Interns provide the company with a pool of potential candidates they have already vetted and with whom they already have a relationship,” the Indeed survey states. The intern gets much-needed workplace experience. A good internship keeps interns learning and engaged at work with ways they can contribute to the company’s goals.

One intern at fourth-place Walgreens was satisfied with the full workload: “You’re never not busy while on the clock.”

In return for a positive internship experience, the employer gets future leaders that they invested in early. At ninth-place Home Depot, 77% of interns get a full-time return offer to come back.