How much can you expect to earn on an internship?

The answer is $15.99 according to a survey from the National Association of College and Employers. That’s the average hourly wage to an intern at the bachelor’s degree level. And if you’re an engineer in the making, you’re in luck as you have the highest average—$17.12 an hour.

That is, if you’re paid — these numbers are only averaging paid internships. It is a reminder to all unpaid interns of what their opportunity cost is: $15.99 an hour, $128 a day, $640 a week and $2750 a month. That’s 2.7 times the recently hiked minimum wage.

3 Responses to How much can you expect to earn on an internship?

  1. John says:

    That’s almost sickening to read – I’ve been doing an internship (11 months, next month is the last) in Canada, and have been paid $11/hour – and this is for one of the largest corporations in the world. Sure, I accepted the role knowing full well what I was going to be paid, but in hindsight, the company which set up the contract must be raking in a fortune. Who can hold these 3rd party companies accountable for the intership pay rates they provide? (In Canada).

  2. Jo says:

    That’s almost sickening to read – I’ve been doing an internship (11 months, next month is the last) in Canada, and have been paid $11/hour – and this is for one of the largest corporations in the world. Sure, I accepted the role knowing full well what I was going to be paid, but in hindsight, the company which set up the contract must be raking in a fortune. Who can hold these 3rd party companies accountable for the intership pay rates they provide? (In Canada).

  3. exintern says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think that the law can do much for you in this situation. You have been paid less than average, which happens to more or less half the people (depending on the distribution of the spread). What you can do is to name and shame so that those companies have a harder time recruiting. Some unions may protect you (or not – they may not like “cheap labor”). I am not sure what you mean by ‘third party” and “company that sets up the contract”.

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