10 Best Internships for 2017

October 20, 2016

This week, we released our annual rankings of the Best Internships in North America. The rankings were based on an online survey we conducted this past summer of more than 11,000 current and former interns from over 100 employers.

During our survey, interns were asked to rate their internship experiences in five areas: Quality of Life, Compensation & Benefits, Interview Process, Career Development, and Full-time Employment Prospects. Survey respondents were asked to rate the firms they interned for in these areas on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest ("poor") and 10 being the highest ("excellent!"). These ratings were then averaged to determine an overall score for each program, and Vault ranked the programs in order from No. 1 down to No. 50.

And here, below, are the big winners: the companies that offer the 10 Best Internships for 2017.

1. Evercore

2. Frank Rimerman + Co.

3. Elliot Davis Decosimo

4. Northwestern Mutual


6. Bain & Company

7. Capital One

8. CapTech

9. Nickelodeon

10. Perella Weinberg Partners

This year was the second in a row that Evercore ranked No. 1 in the rankings. And here's one of Evercore's recent interns speaking about the firm's outstanding summer program: "I could not have been happier with the culture, opportunity, and flexibility afforded to me by Evercore. The firm is wholly committed to advancing its intern class, and everyone in the entire firm made an effort to welcome us, include us, and ensure our questions were answered throughout the summer. On any given day, I could be chatting with partners, the COO, on any relevant pertinent to us or simply in the news. People are down-to-earth and want to make the environment enjoyable for all."

Evercore also topped our rankings of the Best Internships for Career Development and took the No. 1 spot in our Best Investment Banking Internships ranking.

Meanwhile, Elliott Davis, which ranked No. 3 in our overall Best Internships ranking, was the No. 1 Best Internship for Quality of Life and the No. 1 Best Accounting Internship. Here's a recent Elliott Davis intern on the firm's top-notch summer internship program: "The people at the firm are amazing from new hires to partners. The office is in a great location and is new and fully equipped with amenities and space. The work is rewarding. Benefits and compensation are highly competitive. They really care about their employees."

In addition to banking and accounting, we also ranked the top internships in seven other industries. Here they are, along with the top-ranked firm in each:

Best Consulting Internship: Bain & Company

Best Energy Internship: Western Energy

Best Financial Services Internship: Northwestern Mutual

Best Health Care Internship: Aetna

Best Media & Telecom Internship: Nickelodeon

Best Retail & Consumer Products Internship: RAI

Best Tech & Engineering Internship: Capital One

You can find our ranking of the 50 Most Prestigious Internships here and all of our 2017 Internship Rankings here.

by Vault Careers

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