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.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 11
IT Students and Graduates Internships
At Hewlett Packard, interns will support a company dedicated to transformational technology that changes the way people live and work. IT interns work in a support function; some jobs are specifically software focused while others involve broader support including data analysis, server administration, project management, etc. R&D interns usually come from engineering programs to support new product launches or future technology exploration. Applicants are hired into specific posted roles and are usually completing their third year of studies in a related technical or engineering program.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 15
Verizon Internship Program
Verizon aims to connect the world, through mobile, machine-to-machine, and cloud storage means. It relies on developers, architects, engineers, and analysts to reach these goals, and interns may support all of these roles through summer internships or part-time internships while studying. Applicants should have completed at least one year in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred. Interns have opportunities to network with senior leaders and present findings.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 16
Extreme Blue Internship Program
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 20
IT Intern Program
Boeing prides itself on matching interns with jobs that best fit their interests and skills for maximum impact on both the intern’s career and the future of aerospace technology. IT opportunities comprise a broad range of areas covering security, architecture, network design, application, project management, and more. The experience includes site tours, networking, training and mentoring, and community involvement. Applicants for the program should be enrolled in a Bachelor’s or consolidated Bachelor’s/Master’s program.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 30
Information Technology Internship/Co-Op
IT Interns at Marathon Petroleum, the fourth largest refiner of transportation fuel in the country, may be placed into one of several offices in the Midwest or South. Positions fall under areas of business analysis, applications, infrastructure, and systems analysis. Applicants should be pursuing a technology major in a Bachelor’s (sophomores and higher) or Master’s program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The experience includes mentoring and training opportunities. Both summer positions and year-round co-ops are available.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 33
Hardware, Software, and Other Technical Internships
The company that helped put a computer in every home hosts interns from all experience levels. Freshmen and sophomores with an interest in a technical major may apply to the Explore Microsoft Program, which introduces students to software development. More experienced students apply to intern on live projects in hardware engineering, software design, or user experience testing. Many roles require programming experience in C++, Java, or other languages.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 35
Technology Leadership Program
At Target, students with technology backgrounds are needed within and beyond the traditional IT function. IT functional jobs include technology strategy and planning, project management, and architecture. Target also hires technology majors into supply chain management (logistics and operations), buying and planning (business analysis), and store management.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 36
Technical Operations Internships
Based in Philadelphia, Comcast hires interns at its headquarters and in several other major cities. Technology interns may be placed into business operations, technical operations, or analytics functions. Interns are hired through both campus recruiting programs and direct applications. Internships are 11 weeks long and include mentoring, training and development, and networking opportunities. Applicants should be completing their sophomore or junior year of an undergraduate degree.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 46
Dell Summer Internships
Technology is at the heart of everything that Dell provides, from PCs to servers to cloud management. Top applicants from undergraduate and graduate programs will be considered for Dell’s IT internships. The 10 to 12 week program includes challenging real-world projects, with manager assistance in scoping and project management. The program ends with a presentation to executives. Interns receive support from managers, mentors, and peer level buddies.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 51
Information Research Internship Program
Dow operates not just on the cutting edge of technology but the cutting edge of innovation in solving major world challenges like energy, infrastructure, and agriculture. Students studying computer science or various engineering fields may apply for a co-op or internship in Dow Chemical’s Information Research group. This group serves the R&D function and tackles projects such as robotics, high performance computing, and automating lab equipment. Successful interns may be considered for full-time employment after graduation.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 52
IRISE Software Engineering Internship
IT applicants to Intel hope to become part of IRISE, Intel’s Early Internship for Software Engineering for first- or second-year computer science majors with at least a 3.0 GPA. These interns get to work at one of the largest software companies in the world on real-world projects through writing, debugging, or optimizing code. Advantages of IRISE internships include executive networking, professional development through Intel University, and experience with the latest and greatest hardware and software.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 54
The company that changed the way we use the internet is looking for students who can grow and improve its business. Computer science and engineering majors are typically considered for programming, product management, or user experience positions. Google also has opportunities in its BOLD (Building Opportunities for Leadership & Development) program for students in historically underrepresented demographics in technical jobs. Students apply online and should be comfortable being interviewed about coding both over the phone and using a white board.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 55
Specialized College Programs – Information Technology
Humana works hard to be not just an insurance provider but also a “well-being partner” dedicated to the health of its members. Information Technology interns are hired through its Specialized College Programs and work on teams of interns on real-world projects such as developing an application. Experienced developers provide oversight, and interns network with top management. Part-time opportunities are available as well.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 73
World Fuel Services
Fast-Track IT Program
World Fuel Services is a global leader in transportation fuel services, for travel by air, sea, and land, with offices around the world serving 200 countries. First year MBA students with experience in technology, operations, or finance may apply for the Accelerated Management Program (AMP) internship on the B2B Technology Solutions track. Interns are needed in this group to help transform the company’s billing and payment subsidiary into a technology solutions center of expertise.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 74
Product Development Internships
From cloud computing to servers to database management, Oracle offers a wide variety of products for business customers. To best support this variety, it hires students pursuing computer science and engineering majors for Product Development Internships. Interns work on real Oracle products with experienced developers and have the opportunity to network with executive management and other interns. Oracle reviews summer intern applications starting in January.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 80
Information Technology Internships
Information Technology at John Deere comprises positions for project managers, systems analysts, developers, server administrators, and more. IT interns might work in any of these roles on real-world projects aimed at solving problems before they start. The typical internship is for 13 weeks in the summer, but other options are possible. Ideal applicants should be sophomores, juniors, or first-year graduate students in a computer science or engineering major, preferably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 85
Technology Leadership Development Program
Technology supports virtually every aspect of Allstate’s insurance business, from policy sales and actuarial analysis to claims adjustment and customer service. Applicants with top grades in computer science majors (potentially combined with studies in engineering, math, or statistics) could be placed in one of many internship positions throughout all business units. Successful interns are considered for return summers or full-time employment. Potential benefits of an Allstate internship include a housing stipend, executive networking events, and opportunities for community service.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 92
Industrial Placement Technology Internship
Morgan Stanley’s worldwide financial business relies on cutting-edge technology to operate with the latest in client interface, risk assessment, system security, and trading. Its Technology Summer Analysts (co-ops available) spend 10 to 14 weeks supporting these functions in a development team, an infrastructure team, or a business analyst team. Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Industrial Placement is an alternative internship option in London and Glasgow with a 52-week duration.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 96
University Relations Programs
Nationwide Insurance provides more than 16 million policies to personal and commercial policyholders. It offers summer internships in Information Technology to expose students to challenging, high profile projects that might lead to full-time employment post-graduation. Benefits include learning and development, networking, community service, and a customized intern orientation. Learn more at a University Relations Career Fair.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 100
Technology Early Career Development Program
Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP) offers summer interns challenging work in applications, policy operations, or quality assurance roles. Students can match their interests to a variety of available positions. Development opportunities for interns include an executive speaker series, panel discussions, mentoring, and networking. Preferred applicants will have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in computer science, MIS, information science, or related major. Work experience, programming competency, and extracurricular activities are also preferred.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 103
Time Warner College Associates Program (TWCAP) – Technology
Interns at Time Warner gain exposure to the cutting edge technologies of the media and entertainment world. The company fills positions independently within business units that include Time Warner, Time Inc., HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, and Warner Brothers. Each division offers IT internships, with some offering experience in digital entertainment technology. Job duration ranges from 9 to 12 weeks, and all offer learning and development opportunities. HBO looks specifically for rising juniors and seniors.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 105
GOSelect Information Technology Internships
GOselect is the name of Halliburton’s internship and co-op program. The company expects interns to contribute meaningfully and delivers skill-enhancing experience to match. Applicants for IT roles should be pursuing a degree in computer science, project management, engineering, or a related discipline. Halliburton’s various energy- and earth-related business units span the globe and rely on IT professionals for enterprise infrastructure, application services, and systems architecture, as well as project management and global oversight.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 106
Information Technology Internships
Publix Supermarkets is a company frequently voted one of FORTUNE’s Best Companies to Work For. The company’s Lakeland, FL headquarters hosts its 10 to 12 week summer internships. The program features performance evaluations, exposure to top management, and social and service events. Interns in the Information Services group support Publix locations by managing proprietary applications and infrastructure to connect stores, plants, and distribution centers, as well as provide EFT and customer service support.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 108
Information Technology Leadership Development Program
As a national leading provider of defense systems and cybersecurity, Raytheon offers internship programs to help develop future talent in leading edge defense technology. Internships may be full-time or part-time, in the spring, summer, or fall. Information Technology positions cover a range of tasks such as programming, project management, security testing, systems architecture, and requirements analysis. For most positions, a technology related degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA are required.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 124
Xerox sells technology, supports customers using technology, and supports its own operations with technology. The Information Technology group keeps the company running with applications, infrastructure, and customer service, while the IT Services group provides customers with technology solutions such as applications management, cloud computing, and consulting services. Interns in the Xerox College Experiential Learning (XCEL) program can contribute to any of these areas through real-world projects. Applicants should be pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 131
Information Technology Internships
Altria owns three of the nation’s largest tobacco companies, including Philip Morris, as well as Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Twelve-week internships are available for rising seniors and Master’s students between their first and second years. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Internships are structured to offer challenge, and successful interns may be considered for full-time employment. Benefits include professional development, flexible work schedules, and a housing allowance for non-local students.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 159
Information Technology Internships/Co-Ops
First Energy owns 10 regulated energy distributors, reaching 6 million customers from Ohio to New Jersey. Its internship program hires Bachelor’s students in a variety of majors, including information technology, computer science, engineering, supply chain, and business-related fields. IT and computer science majors should have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants can pursue IT positions via college recruiting events or direct online application.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 181
Information Technology Internships
Kellogg offers students an opportunity to begin their careers with top-notch experience and professional development. Interns enjoy senior leader and peer networking, orientation training, two performance reviews, and community events. IT interns might work in one of many IT functional areas as a business analyst, applications developer, enterprise architect, security analyst, or digital marketing analyst. Students applying online must complete an online assessment.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 192
Paramount, MTV, and Nickelodeon are just a few of the media groups owned by Viacom. Interns may be assigned to a functional unit or a particular show. Most internships are open to college juniors and seniors and last for 10 weeks. A sampling of some non-traditional IT related positions offered includes web/multimedia, media technology services, global digital media, games, and interactive services QA. Some positions enjoy varied workshop and training opportunities covering general professional skills as well as entertainment-related skills.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 198
Information Technology Summer Internship Program
Anadarko is one of the nation’s largest oil and gas exploration and production companies. Its summer internships last 12 to 14 weeks. Bachelor’s or Master’s students in information science or computer science may consider various roles within Information Technology Services, with assignments such as applications development or infrastructure implementation. Intern roles are also available in the Information Technology Audit group. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 207
Software Engineer Internships
Analog chips and embedded processors made by Texas Instruments are inside most electronic equipment in our homes, cars, and workplaces. Most of the work done in the company is technology work, and internships are an important means for TI to find technology talent. Some of the many technology roles for interns are software engineers, systems engineers, applications engineers, and technical sales engineers. Interns tackle complex issues and enjoy mentoring from senior leaders.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 218
“The One to Work For” Information Technology Internships
Oneok is one of the country’s largest energy companies; it gathers, processes, and transports natural gas. College sophomores and juniors or Master’s students with a 3.0 in an MIS, computer science, or related major may apply starting in the fall for summer internships. Most IT internships are in Tulsa, Oklahoma. IT interns may be involved in gathering business requirements, in managing existing technologies, or in software development, including design, coding, testing, and deployment.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 219
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Information Technology Leadership Development Program
ThermoFisher Scientific is dedicated to making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer through its sales of lab equipment, analytical instruments, and lab support services. Most IT related internships are based in California. Roles range from web development to software R&D to business analysis. A computer science related major and programming knowledge are desired qualifications for many IT intern positions.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 220
FIT-U Electrical Engineers Program
Western Digital competes in the world of digital storage, including internal computer drives, external drives, cloud storage, and also media players. Interns at WD benefit from work in groundbreaking labs with cutting edge equipment. WD hires mostly computer engineers, electrical engineers, and computer science majors for roles in software development, validation, and applications compatibility. Opportunities are in Irvine, CA, Northern California, and Colorado.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 222
Leadership Development Program: Technology
Textron offers internship opportunities in many of its diverse business units, including Textron Aviation, Bell Helicopter, E-Z-GO golf carts, Greenlee professional tools, and more. The 10 to 12 week internships for MIS, computer science, or similar majors offer plenty of executive exposure and training opportunities. Interns gain skills in applications management, project management, business process integration, enterprise business systems, and more. Successful interns might be selected for the two-year rotational Leadership Development Program.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 225
Information Technology Undergraduate Internships
Ecolab keeps places like restaurants, hotels, and doctors’ offices clean and safe. The IT function supports its business through financial and manufacturing systems, sales force automation tools, and web solutions. Interns with MIS, IT, and computer science majors work on specific, real-world projects in cross-functional teams. Other benefits include assigned buddies and networking opportunities.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 229
Tech and Engineering Internships
Visa offers internship roles around the world for technology students interested in reaching billions of people and changing the way that commerce happens. Technology jobs at Visa focus on wide-ranging fields including QA, systems analysis, Java programming, web engineering, and cybersecurity. Visa is especially focused now on payment speed in emerging and developing markets. Internships last for 10 to 12 weeks and include executive exposure and networking opportunities.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 260
Devon Energy produces about 2.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day, in addition to its exploration, treatment, and pipeline operations. It relies heavily on successful interns to fill its new graduate full-time positions. Internships exist primarily at the Oklahoma City headquarters and focus on projects with real responsibilities, supported by diverse teams and subject matter experts. Information Technology roles include senior technical analysts, database architects, software developers, and more.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 284
As a leader in the semiconductor and display technology markets, Applied Materials relies on technology as its backbone. Students studying computer science or engineering at any degree level may qualify for internship roles such as software engineer, information systems engineer, or field process engineer. Program participants enjoy benefits packages, executive exposure, social and networking events, and career development.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 302
Information Technology Internships
Ashland produces chemicals that touch our lives on a daily basis, from furniture adhesives to skin cream compounds to Valvoline motor oil. Its information technology function is called Enterprise Optimization, reflecting its importance to global operations. The function covers user support, system and process design, infrastructure, applications, and more. Students gain a breadth of industry knowledge while delivering value to the organization.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 321
Technology and Engineering Internships
As a world leader in the field of measurement, Agilent Technologies spans a multitude of scientific fields such as environmental measurement that gauges water quality and materials testing that detects harmful substances in toys. Students who have completed at least one year in a degree at any level in a computer or IT related field may qualify for intern positions such as software design engineer, technical consultant, hardware design engineer, or supply chain engineer. Agilent uses its intern program heavily for full-time hires post-graduation.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 371
U.S. Internship Programs
As a global specialty pharmaceutical firm with aggressive growth goals, Actavis seeks top-level talent through its college internship program. Interns work on critical projects, receive performance feedback and professional development, and have access to global experts. IT applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and extra-curricular leadership experience is desired. Priority is given to students from Actavis’ partner schools. Exceptional interns may be offered full-time employment.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 432
Booz Allen Hamilton
High-Tech Internship Programs
Booz Allen Hamilton provides to its consulting clients the expertise to solve complex technology and management problems. Its Internship Program aims to find the technical consultants of tomorrow who will be ready to tackle clients’ tough issues related to network security, systems engineering, malware analysis, cloud computing, and more. Candidates should be pursuing a computer science or related engineering undergraduate degree and should be able to obtain a Government Security Clearance if needed.
Company’s Fortune 500 Ranking: 436