The 25 Companies that Pay Interns the Most (start planning for summer 2018)

Salary is not the only index of worth, value, or skill. Happiness can be found below the poverty line, and time and meaning can be worth more than money.

That said, when this article came out, claiming that Internships at these 25 companies pay more than the average US salaryit seemed useful to ask…

Internships doing what?

A lot of things, it turns out. Some internships are specifically for students with specific engineering, programming, or quantitative business training, but many are not. Some are limited to specific majors. Many are not.

Many of these companies offer internships that English/CW majors can qualify for — if a job at a large company is what you want.

Some internship titles that English and CW majors should consider:

  • marketing or advertising
  • communications
  • public policy
  • client services
  • analyst (this word can mean a LOT of different things, some narrowly technical/quantitative, some not)
  • human resources
  • account services
  • content development
  • project management

And so on. If a job title grabs your attention, look at the requirements for the job. They may well be skills you have acquired in your major and work experience: communication, teamwork, organization, problem-solving.

As of the date of this blog post, 2017 summer interns are JUST starting their positions, and summer 2018 internships have mostly not been advertised yet. Some companies are still trying to fill a few last-minute summer 2017 positions, some are starting to hire for fall or spring semester interns, and some will start the summer 2018 recruiting process as early as August. If you have your sights on a prestigious internship for next summer, it’s worthwhile to start paying attention well before classes start, if you want to have a good shot at one of these highly competitive positions.

Some of these companies may be coming to the Business Career Fair, which will take place on September 19 and 20 at the ARC. Talking to a recruiter about an internship that you’ve already researched and started applying for can be a good way to set yourself apart.

So here are links to the internship programs of these 25 companies.














Juniper Networks






Capital One



Deutsche Bank


Bank of America

If you’d like help with your resume, your job search strategy, preparing for the Business Career Fair or any parts of finding the right internship, feel free to call 217/333-4346 to set up an appointment with Kirstin Wilcox, Director of Internships.

BA in English –> Assistant Editor for Online Music Gear Marketplace

“Editing” can mean a lot of things — not just working on books or magazines.

We recently spoke to Carly Smith, who graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English, and who currently works as an assistant editor at Here are some of the great things she had to say about how she decided on her career path and how her training in English helped her.

This is what editing looks like for Carly: is the world’s largest online marketplace for musicians. We facilitate the buying and selling of music gear online between all kinds of musicians. Our users include everyone from larger brick and mortar shops down to individual private sellers to famous artists like Jimmy Chamberlain, Rick Nielsen, Ray LaMontagne, and more.

In tandem with the marketplace, we also produce written and video content on the Reverb News side of the site. Those features include interviews and performances with musicians, tips and how–tos as related to music and gear, product demos, and much more.

… I first started as part of the Listings Team, which is responsible for making sure that the thousands of listings uploaded to the site daily are in accordance with our guidelines and that the products listed are matched with our Price Guide.

Three months after starting at Reverb, I was promoted to an editorial position. I now work on the News side of Reverb full–time with two other editors. In this station, I write original content, interview artists, edit, work with freelancers to formulate and actualize pitches into pieces.

The study of English literature might seem a long way away from cataloging rare Rickenbackers or curating online tutorials for playing James Brown riffs, but for Carly it’s all of a piece:

My English degree has been beneficial in all of the obvious ways. Spending years studying grammar and syntax has certainly had an immensely positive influence on my career, considering how much editing I’m responsible for every day.

The exercise in writing papers was also tremendously helpful in getting me to this point. My own writing for Reverb is both creative and informative and all of it is rather heavily researched, so the process of writing research papers about a creative work — such as a novel or a film — definitely helped me to develop an assertive editorial voice that isn’t totally stale or devoid of personality.

Although Carly credits writing for buzz magazine and Smile Politely as helpful in pointing her in a career direction, her work in the classroom was central to the college experience that got her where she is. Not only was Carly one of the co-authors of “A Lecture from the Lectured,” a Chronicle of Higher Education piece co-authored by students in Prof. Catherine Prendergast’s course on writing for publication, Carly says

…the best parts of my college experience were directly related to some of the teachers I was able to take classes with. Whether or not I was initially interested in the subject material when I first signed up, it was often the professor who determined how much I ended up enjoying the class.

I took classes in which already killer subject material was enhanced by an even more passionate professor, as was the case when I took Modern Fantasy Lit and Comics & Graphic Narratives with Rob Barrett and Jim Hansen’s Fincher/Nolan and Hitchcock film classes.

I was also able to take ENGL 301 with Hansen — a mandatory class with a less than stellar reputation — and it turned out to be one of my favorite courses at U of I because of how great of a professor Hansen is.

Similarly, I decided to take a class that I wasn’t looking forward to at all about John Milton in the last semester of my senior year to satisfy another requirement. It was taught by Catharine Gray, and though I might not have been converted into a massive Milton enthusiast by the end of it, it still turned out to be one of the best classes I took.

These three professors and a handful of others were what made U of I specifically special to me.

You can read the entirety of our interview with Carly here, and you can get in contact with her (and other alumni working in the music business) through our alumni mentoring network.

English BA –> University Admission Counselor

There are a lot of great college and university jobs that don’t involve being a professor. We recently interviewed alumnus Keena Griffin to learn about how he got into the field of higher ed admissions. Keena works as an admissions counselor for Concordia University Chicago. He says,

I started my career after graduation by working for the Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC), which was a partner organization with the University of Illinois system designed to help underserved high school students navigate the college admission process to choose the right school for them.  The jump to becoming an Admission Counselor was a natural step from there.  With ICAC, I loved seeing the excitement of high school students who realized that college was not only possible for them, but that they had multiple options to choose from.  Now I have the opportunity on the collegiate side to work with incoming students and help make the admission process manageable.

Keena urges students interested in this career path to get involved:

For anyone interested in working in college admissions or a non-teaching higher education role, it’s important to get involved on campus as soon as you can – but it’s never too late either.  Illinois is a great place to start because the campus has every resource you can imagine.  Working in admissions means knowing a little bit of everything about the school, just like an English degree teaches you a little of everything about different people and subject areas.  Supplementing your classroom experience with internships, volunteer experience, and interpersonal experience is critical to any field you explore with an English degree because you have the chance to shape your own path.  If you like working with people and you enjoy seeing young adults start to shape their own life courses – then college admissions work is definitely for you.

Keena credits his studies in English with giving him the skills to advance in this line of work:

Getting a degree in English was the best thing I could have done in college.  Learning to connect with and understand people’s stories and being empathetic with people’s backgrounds is a key to success in any endeavor – professional or otherwise.  At the same time, the courses in UIUC’s English program helped me develop marketable skills such as critical analysis and interpersonal communication (which is somewhat of a dying art). I’m able to focus on the important details of any situation that can present a problem, and help develop solutions.  My classes on critical literary theory (my favorite subject) taught me how to approach and interpret literary texts from multiple perspectives, and I use the same techniques when problem-solving issues that occur in work or life.

You can read the full interview with Keena here. You can contact Keena and other alumni working in a range of fields by getting in touch with Kirstin Wilcox, Director of Internships, to join the Alumni Mentoring Network.