Apple gives their interns incredible perks, according to one former intern of the Cupertino-based company.
The ex-intern, referred to only as “Brad,” told Quora that interns at Apple make $38 per hour, which averages out to about $6,700 per month in income.
Interns also get paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. Any hour worked after 40 hours counts as 1.5 hours, and any hour of work past 60 hours counts double.
But here’s the kicker: Apple interns also get free housing.According to Brad, Apple provides shared housing for interns in the Bay Area. Max Britto, an Apple intern in 2008, wrote on Quora:
“The greatest thing with housing is that you are not alone. You share it with three others interns from all around the world. It is a great way to learn and mix with other cultures.”
If an intern doesn’t want to share living quarters, Apple provides them $1,000 toward their monthly rent. The company will also pay around $3,300 to help cover the cost of relocation if an intern is from out of town and needs to move to the Bay Area.
Think this all sounds amazing? As Steve Jobs used to say after every Apple announcement presentation: “There’s just one more thing!”
Apple interns are also given the rare opportunity to meet high-level Apple executives through a speaker series that runs every couple weeks. These executives have included CEO Tim Cook and Chief Design Officer Jony Ive.
The only downside to an internship at Apple is the forced confidentiality. Brad told Business Insider:
“They want to be able to release a product that everyone’s happy about but no one knew about before. You can’t tell anyone anything about your job. You can’t tell people outside of your family what you’re working on.
“Everything is totally locked down. There’s no taking pictures on campus; it’s super crazy.”
The company is so secretive that an employee could be working on a specific product without even knowing what it is. Brad recounted a time when an Apple employee told him that they had spent years working on 9.7-inch displays without knowing it would be for the first iPads released in 2010.
Regardless of the extreme secrecy, it’s said that most Apple employees remain steadfastly loyal to the company, often staying onboard for 25-35 years. Many interns are offered full-time jobs after their temporary stints.
“[You’ll see] people coming into work in sports cars, and they are just normal engineers,” Brad said. “Not high-up managers or anything like that. So you can see why they don’t want to leave at this point.”