Finding an internship at a top-tier tech company isn't easy. But for those elite students who manage to do it, the pay (and the perks) can be pretty sweet.

For instance, a summer intern at Google can make $5,678 for a summer--that's the equivalent of $68,136 per year, not including other benefits, like a housing stipend, gym, cafeteria, and more.

Jessica Shu, a junior at Cornell University, was researching intern salaries at various tech companies. She posted an exhaustive list of her findings in the Facebook group Hackathon Hackers, an online community of student coders. Here is the list exactly as Shu compiled it, from Reddit, Twitter, websites, and friends:

Quora: $8,250/month plus $1,500 housing
Palantir: $7,500 plus housing
"‹Pinterest: $7,500 plus $1,500/month housing
Upthere: $6,400/month plus $900/month housing
Jane Street: $10,400/month
Dropbox: $8,500 salary plus $5,000 housing stipend or provided housing (it is nice)
Google: $7,000/month plus housing stipend: "I think 9K?"
Square: $7,500/month plus $1,500/month housing (doctorate student internship)
LinkedIn: $44/hour (around $7,600/month) plus $5,000 relocation (one time)
Amazon Seattle: $6,000 salary, $2,500 housing per month ($8,500)
Amazon SF: $7,500 salary plus $3,500/month
Fitbit SF: $9,300/month
Edmodo: $7,000/month
Apple: $6,000 and $3,500 housing per month ($9,500)
Coursera KPCB: $7,000/month and housing $1,000/month plus Macbook Pro
Facebook: $6,800/month (return) and housing: $1,000/month or corporate housing
Foursquare NY: $6,000/month and housing: $5,000 stipend
Microsoft Seattle: $7,500/month plus housing $2,500 plus $5,000 returning-intern bonus
Zynga: $8,000/month

Interns should consider more than just salary when weighing options, though. "There are many more important factors than money," Shu wrote in a Facebook post on her personal profile. "And there is no reason to glorify intern salaries, as they are very short term."

As many commenters on Shu's original post have pointed out, a large majority of these companies are headquartered in cities where the cost of living is much higher than the rest of the United States. Additionally, these are not entry-level positions. Student interns are expected to be highly skilled and often work alongside employees.

Read the original post, as reported by Betabeat.

Published on: Nov 26, 2014