Want to rub elbows with Diddy, Martha Stewart, and the Big Apple's other glitterati? Summer interns at the New York law firm Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher are treated to a weekend getaway in the Hamptons.
PricewaterhouseCoopers MBA interns who are offered a job at the end of their summer internship receive a four-day trip to Walt Disney World in Florida to relax before they begin their lives in the working world. The kicker? Interns do not even have to accept the offer to take the trip.
Send in the clowns. In 2007, PricewaterhouseCoopers took its non-MBA interns to see Cirque du Soleil together. In past years, the company has given out tickets to the Dave Matthews Band and other concerts.
Better hold on tight. Summer interns at Bain & Co. receive a weekend whitewater rafting trip in Maine.
In case Disney trainees haven’t had quite enough of Mickey and Donald during the workday, they can visit the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and any of the company's other theme parks for free. Imagineering interns get sneak peeks of new rides, while interns at the Walt Disney World Resort get the best of all worlds -- previews of new rides, free admission to the clubs and entertainment at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, and access to an employees-only recreation area.
The world is literally your oyster. Interns at Southwest Airlines can travel anywhere the carrier flies. For free. Sometimes, the company even plans trips for them -- last year, the entire summer group was taken on a surprise trip to Sea World.
As if an internship at Google needed any extra incentives. The company offers free breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as services ranging from bike repair to massage therapy. And don't forget the game room. Interns also partake in baseball games, evening cruises, and rock climbing.
At Liggett-Stashower, a Cleveland-based advertising and public relations firm, executives think it is important to schedule offsite learning experiences for interns. The company routinely takes interns to visit local TV and radio stations, printing companies, photography studios, and networking events.
With more than 300 locations, online brokerage Scottrade has interns scattered all over the country. To get them there, the company will pay about $1,500 to relocate interns who work outside their home state -- and will even arrange for moving services. Interns who accept positions at hard-to-fill locations get an additional bonus.
Interns at Barkley, a Kansas City, Mo.-based marketing agency, get to work in the company’s historic downtown building, which was the former worldwide headquarters for TWA when Howard Hughes owned the airline. A 30-foot-tall rocket -- placed there by Hughes -- still adorns the roof. Interns are allowed rooftop access, which features a barbecue grill, pool, and ping pong tables, as well as an extensive art collection.
Every summer, Ernst & Young hosts an International Intern Leadership Conference where more than 1,000 interns from around the world meet in Orlando to share experiences and speak to the company’s senior executives.
Chosen by lottery, a select group of interns at TOMS Shoes accompany founder and reality television star Blake Mycoskie every year to South America and Africa to distribute shoes to needy children.