Students graduating with a degree in computer science or information technology will find that they face competition from other highly-accomplished graduates who are seeking to make it to the top of perhaps the fastest-growing industry in the world. In the Age of Technology, one of the best ways to get an edge on other tech majors is to land an internship with a prestigious company. The list below is a selection of some of the most premier companies in the world – all on the Fortune 500 List – that offer attractive, dynamic internships in the field of computer science and IT. The list was compiled by selecting the companies that have both the highest rankings on the Fortune 500 List and the most well-established, comprehensive internship programs. Preference was given to software, hardware, and IT corporations because they are the most highly-regarded in the tech world. That being said, an effort was made to include businesses from a wide variety of industries, including retail, energy and engineering, automotive technology, telecommunications, and healthcare. The selection below is conveniently organized in order from the highest-ranked Fortune 500 company (Walmart) to the lowest that made the list (Booz Allen Hamilton).
The world’s largest retailer accepts interns in virtually every area of its corporate functions. IT roles for Corporate Internships might include programming, systems administration, IT analysis, software engineering, or data science. Walmart also accepts students for eCommerce Internships in Silicon Valley for web-related functions like purchase data analysis and search engine design. Many interns are offered permanent employment.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 1
Leading energy provider Chevron hires interns into IT functions in California, Texas, Gulf Coast, and many other locations. Interns hone their skills in programming, consulting, analysis, and project management. The IT function supports business units through applications/database management and business analysis tools, using applications such as SAP and Unix O/S. Candidates should be pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science, MIS, or a related field.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 3
Summer Internships and Co-Ops
Apple interns in the U.S. and around the world enjoy the excitement of working with cutting edge technology. Interns from undergraduate and advanced degree programs may pursue summer or co-op experiences in software, hardware engineering, and corporate IT functions. Leadership networking opportunities and the potential to work on major product launches enhance the internship experience. Advanced degree internships carry a more global, strategic direction.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 6
EXCEL and TRACK Internship Programs
Poised on the cusp of a revolution of vehicle energy sources, General Motors is looking for the talent that will drive the next generation of automobiles. Its college intern and co-op program has been rebranded as EXCEL (Exploring Careers through Experiential Learning). Graduate level candidates may pursue MBAs with an IT concentration, while undergraduates may pursue degrees in computer engineering, computer science, MIS, or similar field of study. Internship experiences include leadership interaction, networking opportunities, and community service events.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 7
Information Technology Leadership Program Internships
With business units ranging from light bulbs to jet engines to x-ray machines, GE offers no shortage of exciting opportunities for IT employees to impact our world. Internship and co-op positions are available across all business units, with special IT functional areas including the Global Software Center, the Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center, and the Information Security Technology Center.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 8
Information Services Internships
Valero Energy, refiner of products like gasoline, jet fuel, asphalt, and polymers, offers summer internship opportunities for computer science majors who have completed 60 credit hours at a four-year accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Information Services interns might perform projects related to enterprise architecture, software, change management, infrastructure, or production. Relocation assistance is available to qualified interns. Other benefits include training and development, a mentor program, social and volunteer events, and an intern symposium.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 9
Technology learning and development opportunities abound for interns at AT&T. Successful candidates might work on AT&T’s network or emerging technologies. Undergraduate and Master’s interns should be pursuing a computer or engineering related major. PhD enrollees may apply for a position at AT&T Labs, the company’s innovation laboratory. The 10 to 12 week programs offer exposure to senior management and cutting-edge technology.