While interns in some industries must find a way to live in some of the most expensive cities in the world on tiny expenses, those in the hi-tech sector seem to be fairing far better.
A list of salaries apparently offered for undergraduate interns shows that many are making six figures a year in US dollars.
The figures were apparently collated by a “friend” of Tiffany Zhong, the founder of image-sharing app Glimpse, and posted on Twitter.
It shows that an intern at Quora can expect to earn $8,250 a month, plus a $1,500 housing allowance. That equates to £6,220 a month, or £74,640 a year – although interns tend to only work for part of the year.
Google is reportedly offering $7,000 a month and a housing stipend of, “I think $9,000”.
Amazon in San Francisco has one of the most generous offers, paying $7,500 a month in salary and $3,500 a month in housing allowance.
It is thought that the data was compiled from an intern currently seeking a position on sites like Glassdoor, which posts salaries revealed by current interns anonymously. Technology companies are usually tight-lipped about the pay packages they offer.
If accurate, the figures reveal the huge pay gap between the average national salary in the US of $44,000 and pay in the technology sector.