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Can You Believe How Much Money Facebook Interns Make?

Submitted by on June 11, 2012 – 12:07 pm4 Comments

I used to be an intern. I got my start back in January 2005 interning at VIBE. And, I was thrilled to be there. I ended up staying on as an intern for about a year before I was hired there and joined the staff. So, in the end, it really worked out for me.

But, here’s the thing about being an intern: Financially, it sucks. Let me put a little more emphasis on that. It sucks. Like, if you’re looking for an internship–which, by the way, I’d highly recommend if you’re looking to break into a field like journalism—don’t do it because you want to make a lot of money. Because, truth be told, you’re not going to make much. Or, worse yet, you’re probably not going to make anything. I had to work a part-time job just to be able to afford to commute to VIBE and buy lunch during the year I interned there. I’m not complaining about it. It’s all a part of paying dues. But, interning is not exactly lucrative when it comes to your bottom line.

Well, let me take that back. Interning isn’t usually lucrative. I say that because I just came across this story about software engineering interns at Facebook, and it’s pretty safe to say that not all interns struggle to make ends meet because of their lack of pay. In fact, from where I’m sitting, becoming a Facebook “intern” actually sounds like a pretty cushy job. Facebook interns stand to make a monthly salary of about $6,225. Not a yearly salary. A monthly salary. That means they take home about $74,000 per year for interning at Facebook. Oh, and that’s actually not every intern’s salary. It’s the average intern’s salary. So, there are some who make well over $100,000 and some who “only” make $50 or $60K.

Facebook interns aren’t the only interns pulling in major bank, either. Other tech companies like Google ($6,463/month), Microsoft ($6,746/month), and Amazon ($5,552) also offer nice monthly payments to their interns. And, statistics show that those who work in the finance and accounting fields also make a pretty penny when they intern at major corporations.

So, what can we learn from all of this? Well, that I clearly chose the wrong type of internship (just kidding—I couldn’t have picked a better place) and that when I have kids, they’re definitely going to at least consider studying computer science in college (not kidding about that one!). Because, as someone who used to be an intern, the “salary” Facebook offers to interns sounds almost too good to be tru

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