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Question about internship wage

  1. Feb 27, 2014 #1
    I was offered a software engineering internship (by a respectable company) that pays $14 an hour. To me this seems rather low, according to personal testimonies and research on the web. I am wondering what your experience is with internships and what an average wage is.

    Also, I am wondering if this is a testament to the company and how well they pay their full time employees. If that is the case I am debating on getting involved with them. Thoughts?
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  3. Feb 27, 2014 #2
    It will probably vary significantly based on your location/country. In Canada, undergraduates are paid usually a standard of ~$2000 a month for research positions (never by the hour).

    One summer I had a job at an aluminum extrusion factory that paid over $18/hour but that was the highest I saw for entry level without experience.

    I have no experience with the software industry, but I would take a summer internship for the experience over what wage I get paid (if I get paid at all).
  4. Feb 27, 2014 #3
    I'm not sure about software engineering, but the range of salaries I've received for internships have been between 1000 dollars a month and 1.5k per week (+ housing and travel bonus). So it's definitely within that range...
  5. Feb 27, 2014 #4


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    As an intern I opperated as a NVG design engineer and I only got paid $15 an hour. I got real design experience that helped me land a good job out of college.
    My friend made 22.50 and copied papers all day. At the end he had nothing to show for it but a little extra money.

    Internships vary in payment, the experience is 10x more important. Ask them if you will be doing real work. While there (if you are good enough) keep asking for real/harder work. trust me it'll pay off. note ask respectfully and only if you think you can handle it.
  6. Feb 27, 2014 #5
    Damn, I have no idea how you guys are able to pull of these kind of wages... These all seem very high to me, I've never made that much in my life.
  7. Feb 27, 2014 #6
    That seems below average, but it is not so low that I would question the company. Not every company can pay an above-average rate.
  8. Feb 27, 2014 #7


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    Well, what are your credentials and experience compared with the full time employees?
    Do you have a degree?
    Do the employees have degrees?
    How much experience do you have in software engineering?

    If you walked in the door of any business in the US, with no skills and no experience, they are obligated to pay you a min. wage of $7.25 / hour, assuming the business is subject to the min. wage law. The company you intern for has made a decision to help you further your education by giving you an opportunity to work for them and gain some experience in the field. You are being paid $14 / hr. to boot. In the old days, interning was also known as apprenticeship, and all the apprentice could expect was room and board from the master craftsman training him.

    If you feel this is a bad deal, turn the offer down. There aren't many jobs out there which pay $14 / hr. for someone with few skills and no credentials.

    If you want to pursue a full-time job with this company after you have earned professional credentials, that is the time to worry about starting salary.
  9. Feb 28, 2014 #8
    I had 2 internships (different companies, different fields) in electrical engineering and from my experience $14/hr seems on the low end. Both of mine were around 18-19/hr and most of my friends from school were in the same range. Huge companies like intel, Marathon, ExxonMobil etc pay closer to 30/hr. Also, some companies determine pay by what year you are in; the closer to graduating the higher your wage. I would estimate that the average internship pay is around $17-$19/hr for engineers.
  10. Feb 28, 2014 #9
    Haha 12,000 to 72,000. That's quite a range there bud :devil:
  11. Mar 1, 2014 #10
    Yeah, tell me about it. One was in academia, the other was in industry...
  12. Mar 9, 2014 #11
    45 years ago I walked into the data processing center at Lowell High School and asked if there was anything I could do to help. After working as a volunteer there for three years, I graduated and within a week I was earning more than most teachers at that school.
    I am, to this date, still a software engineer - with many storied experiences. And if that doesn't sound like your vision for your future, a certain Bill Gates, also from the Boston area, broke into the same field at about the same time.
    I wouldn't be comparing what others are getting paid for their internship. I would be comparing only what other opportunities I had for getting paid for developing software.
  13. Mar 9, 2014 #12


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    I 100% agree
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