What is the Most Popular Alcoholic Drink for Students?


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Liquor, beer, wine, hard seltzers.

These four drinks are arguably the most important drinks to the typical college student.

But out of these four drinks, what do students like the most?

To figure this out we asked 580 college and university students across 49 schools in North America what their favorite alcoholic drink was, and what brand they preferred the most.

Here’s what we found.


Liquor and Hard Seltzers More Popular than Beer and Wine for College Students

a study done by oneclass that shows liquor being the most popular alcoholic drink among college students.

The strong majority of respondents (61%) claim to prefer liquor and 16% prefer hard seltzers.


According to a Gallup poll with over 1000 adults, beer was the most favored drink in 2018 with 42% preferring beer over wine (34%) and liquor (19%).

However, when comparing with our study, the results differed with liquor being the most popular at 61% favoring it and only 13% favoring beer.

Additionally, as the unofficial drink of summer 2019, hard seltzers have become extremely popular in such a short amount of time. 

Sales of hard seltzers have grown about 200% over the past year with 164.3% of that grown happening in July alone, giving the drink so much popularity that it has passed beer as a favorite drink among college students, according to our study.

Male Students 8.5x More Likely to Favor Beer than Female Students

a study done by oneclass shows favorite alcoholic drinks based on gender. Male Students are 8.5x More Likely to Favor Beer than Female Students

Favorite alcoholic drink for students based on gender.

Both genders favor liquor but when it comes to the other types of alcohol, the results were dramatically different.

With hard seltzers and wine, females are more than two times more likely to favor the drinks over all types of alcohol than males.

However, when it comes to beer, 35% of male students favor it above other drinks while on the other hand, only 4% of female students fall within the same category.

Although hard seltzers are growing extremely quickly in popularity, beer still seems to be a favorite among male students.

Favorite Alcohol Brands in College

In addition to asking what students’ favorite alcoholic drinks were, we also asked what their favorite brands were.

Here are the brands that came out on top for each alcohol category.

Top 10 Favorite Beer Brands Among College Students

a study done by oneclass that shows the top 10 beer brands among college students

The most popular beer brands among college students in North America.

Of those who chose beer as their preferred drink, the top ten brands in order were: Corona, Bud Light, Coors, Busch, Natural Light, Michelob, Miller, Budweiser, Hamm’s, and Keystone.

The remaining votes were thinly spread out over other brands such as Stella Artois, Guinness, Dos Equis, etc.

Corona comes out as the most favorite beer brand among college students with Bud Light and Coors tailing closely behind.

Top 5 Favorite Hard Seltzer Brands Among College Students

a study done by oneclass that shows the top 5 hard seltzer brands among college students

The most popular hard seltzer brands among college students in North America.

Of those who chose hard seltzers as their favorite drink, the top five brands in order were: White Claw, Mike’s Hard, Natural Light, Smirnoff, and Truly.

The remaining votes were thinly spread out over other brands such as Palm Bay, Seagrams, Bon & Viv, etc.

It’s clear that White Claw currently owns the most share among students and is leading the charge by a large margin compared to other hard seltzer brands.

Top 10 Favorite Liquor Brands Among College Students

a study done by oneclass that shows the top 10 liquor brands among college students

The most popular liquor brands among college students in North America.

Of those who chose liquor as their favorite drink, the top ten brands in order were: Smirnoff, Tito’s, Svedka, Mailbu, New Amsterdam, Jack Daniels, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Absolut, and Hennessy.

The remaining votes were thinly spread out over other brands such as Ciroc, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, etc.

Smirnoff, Tito’s, and Svedka come out as the top three liquor brands by a large margin and since all three of them are also vodka brands, it’s evident that vodka is one of the most popular types of liquor among college students.

Favorite Wine Brands Among College Students

a study done by oneclass that shows the top wine brands among college students

The most popular wine brands among college students in North America.

Of those who chose wine as their favorite drink, the top brands in order were Barefoot, Black Star Farms, and many other brands that each had only vote such as Merlot, Sea Glass, Arbor Mist, etc.

According to our survey, Barefoot easily leads the charge as the most favorite wine brand among college students.


Despite liquor coming out on top as the most popular alcoholic drink among college students today, there’s a real possibility that beer, wine or hard seltzers will eventually overtake liquor in the coming years.

Especially due to the recent explosion in popularity for hard seltzers, it’s not unrealistic to assume that it will become the next go-to drink for college students sooner than we might think.


Methodology

The “What is the Most Popular Alcoholic Drink for Students?” study by OneClass is based on survey data collected from 580 college students in the United States and Canada across 49 schools. 180 males, 398 females, and 2 who preferred not to identify their gender participated in the survey. Students were engaged on social platforms. This survey was conducted from October 24th, 2019 to November 18th, 2019.

Survey:What is the Most Popular Alcoholic Drink for Students?


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On Tuesday, October 29, the NCAA voted in a landmark decision to allow college athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness.

Until then, college athletes weren’t able to get paid through brand deals, endorsements, or accept any type of donation of any kind as it violated the NCAA’s rules and regulations.

Although the NCAA stated that changes to the current rules could occur immediately as long as they are within certain guidelines and principles, clear specifics were not defined such as a tentative date as to when the changes will be effective, a limit, if any, on the amount student-athletes could generate, any conditions that must be met in order to be eligible to generate revenue from their name, etc.

With college sports being such an important part of collegiate life, we wanted to know what students thought about the recent ruling.

So we conducted a survey with 1059 students across 42 schools.

Here’s what we found.


Over 16% of Students Do Not Agree with the Recent NCAA Ruling

study done by oneclass that shows that 16% of students don't agree with the recent NCAA ruling to allow college athletes to profit off of their names, images, and likeness.

A significant amount of students disagreed with the ruling.

172 respondents (16.4%) do not agree with the recent NCAA ruling which will allow student-athletes to profit off of their names, images, and likeness.

This number was higher than expected as we originally believed that almost all students would be on board with the recent change to allow their fellow students to finally earn some money for their hard work, especially due to the fact that the NCAA is a $1 billion generating organization.

However, some interesting points were raised for both sides.

Students Who Agree with the NCAA Ruling

A few points among many others that support the NCAA change were that schools should not be making money off of someone else’s (the student’s) performance, that being a student-athlete is similar to having a full-time job while in college, and that it’s their name and brand at the end of the day and that they should be able to do whatever they please with it.


“Being a student-athlete is like having a full-time job WHILE in college; it’s a lot of work. It’s physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. Colleges make millions of dollars out of their athletes and some athletes are worried about where their next meal is coming from. College athletes deserve to get paid a stipend AND college cost of attendance costs.”

-1st Year Student, New York University


“I think it makes sense for athletes to be able to generate revenue from their likeness based on the amount of money they generate for their school. In addition, the grand majority of athletic scholarships are not always enough to take care of their families and financial situation so the ability to generate money for their family could actually result in them spending more time in college as they no longer need to declare for the pros early in their career to make money.”

-2nd Year Student, University of Georgia


“Actors get royalties from their movies, singers get royalties for their songs, [student] athletes should get royalties for their athletic performance”

-1st Year Student, Cornell University


Students Who Disagree with the NCAA Ruling

Some arguments against the recent NCAA ruling included that going to college isn’t a job, it’s an education, a different motive to play will be created, an unfair imbalance will arise between teams, and the current imbalance between student-athletes and students will be amplified.


“It will concert college athletics into just another capitalistic enterprise where the biggest (most wealthy) teams get the best players and they will dominate the playing field. People prefer college sports over professional, many times, because all teams are on equal ground with equal opportunity to succeed. Many passionate college athletic fans will lose their heartfelt love for the sport due to this.”

-1st Year Student, University of Georgia


“Gives a different motive for the students to play. Students now mostly play at such a high level that involves a lot of commitment simply because they love the sport and are willing to dedicate their time for that. Now, I feel that students would end up playing just for the money.”

-1st Year Student, Stony Brook University


“Going to college is about furthering your studies and ultimately getting a degree. If a monetary incentive is added for athletes, they will have no motivation to actually participate in school. In the end, the sole purpose of university will be undermined because athletes will only use it as a stepping stone to go pro.”

-3rd Year Student, University of Virginia


Over 31% of Students Believe that Student-Athletes’ Grades will Decline

a study done by oneclass that shows that over 31% of students believe that student-athletes grades will decline due to the recent NCAA changes.

A significant amount of students believe that grades will decline due to the recent NCAA change.

Almost one-third of respondents believe that the extra revenue that college athletes will be able to receive will cause their grades will suffer.

With the potential to make tens of thousands of dollars (if not, more) comes a drastic increase in potential distractions for college athletes.

Stories of top-earning athletes going bankrupt due to distractions such as gambling and lavish spending are not unheard of and such a sudden increase in income/fame, and a proportional increase in distractions, could not only leave college students in difficult financial struggles but academic ones as well.

Almost 40% of Students Believe there Should be a Limit on Student-Athletes’ Income

a study done by oneclass that shows that almost 40$ of students believe that there should be a limit on student-athletes' income gained from endorsements and their name and likeness.

Only half of respondents believed that there should be no limit to their endorsement income potential.

53% of respondents believe there should be no limit on the amount of money student-athletes should be able to make off of their name and image.

This means that on the other hand, almost 40% believe there should be some type of limit on how much they should be able to make, with $10,000/year being the most popular choice for a limit amount.

Despite the fact that the strong majority of students agree with the NCAA ruling, almost half of these students believe that there should be a limit to how much student-athletes can really earn.

Students in Southern States Most Skeptical about NCAA Ruling

To dive a little deeper, we looked at how the responses to the question of agreeing with the ruling and its impact on academics varied by region.


Schools in southern states included: The University of Alabama, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Clemson University, Tri County Technical College, the University of South Carolina, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech University.

Schools in western states included: the University of California – Los Angeles, and the University of California – Berkeley.

Schools in midwestern states included: Butler University, Indiana University – Bloomington, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ohio State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Schools in northeastern states included: Bentley University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Monmouth University, Binghamton University, Cornell University, New York University, Stony Brook University, Syracuse University, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Villanova University


Students in Southern States Least Likely to Agree with NCAA Ruling

a study done by oneclass that shows southern states being the least likely to agree with the NCAA ruling compared to western, northeastern, and midwestern states.

Students in western and northeastern states were more likely to agree with the recent NCAA ruling than midwestern and southern states.

Based on regions, students in schools in western states (specifically California) agreed most with the NCAA ruling compared to students in southern states who were on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Only 10% of students in California disagreed with the NCAA ruling while that number doubled to 20% for students in southern states.

Students in Southern States Most Pessimistic about Academic Impact

a study done by oneclass that shows southern states being the most pessimistic about the impact on grades that the NCAA ruling will have compared to western, northeastern, and midwestern states.

Students in southern and midwestern states were more pessimistic about the impact the NCAA change will have on grades than western and northeastern states.

When it comes to the impact the recent NCAA changes will have on student-athletes’ grades, students in southern states are most likely to believe that there will be a decline in grades, with students in midwestern states right behind them, while western and northeastern states are typically more optimistic.

Only 17.5% of students in western states believe that student-athletes’ grades will decline compared to 34.1% of students in southern states and 34% in midwestern states.

With California signing the Fair Pay to Play Act which allows college athletes in that state to profit from endorsement deals, it’s no surprise that students in western states (particularly California) are the most optimistic about the recent NCAA change.

However, it is interesting to see that students in southern states are more skeptical about the recent change than any of the other three regions.


Although the strong majority of students seem to support this decision by the NCAA, the topics of academic impact, limits on endorsements and the other concerns echoed by students who disagree with the ruling must be considered when determining the specifics.

Finding the right balance between allowing college athletes to be compensated fairly and preserving the student-first mentality of student-athletes will definitely be a complex task but ultimately, the majority of students and fans of collegiate sports seem to be happy with the direction the NCAA is finally taking.


Methodology

The “Do you Agree with the Recent NCAA Ruling” study by OneClass is based on survey data collected from 1059 college students in the United States across 42 different schools. 502 males and 541 females participated in the survey. Students were engaged on social platforms. This survey was conducted from November 5th, 2019 to November 7th, 2019.

Survey: Do you agree with the recent NCAA ruling?


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With the average cost of attendance for private colleges being over $50,000 in 2019, it’s common knowledge that students don’t necessarily have plenty of cash lying around.

Everyone knows that being a student is expensive but how does it really affect their bank accounts?

To figure this out, we surveyed 399 students across 82 schools and asked them a simple question:

“How much money is in your bank account right now?”

We analyzed the results first on an overall basis, then dove a little deeper to look at what the results were specific to students’ majors and years.

Here’s what we found.


*Numbers include amounts in both chequing and savings accounts


How much Money do Students Have in their Bank Accounts Right Now?

a stressed male student looking despairingly at a piggy bank on his desk

Overall insights for all students.

The following findings include all survey data regardless of any factors such as major or year.

Most Students have $51-$500 in their Bank Accounts

pie chart on how much students have in their bank account, done by oneclass

399 student responses over 82 schools.

The majority of students (23% of respondents) reported having $51-$500 in their bank accounts.

This is a very low amount and can definitely be concerning.

However, this low amount can be sensible in certain situations such as if these students’ parents are giving them a weekly or bi-weekly allowance to spend instead of giving them everything all at once.

13.5% of Students have Less than $50 in their Bank Accounts

pie chart on how much students have in their bank account, done by oneclass


399 student responses over 82 schools.

Of course, this could be due to students paying off expenses shortly before taking the survey or simply bad timing.

However, that’s still 54 students out of 399 who reported having less than $50 in their accounts which can be cause for concern since $50 can run out extremely quickly; after a few meals or a night out.

Which College Majors have the Most Money?

empty lecture hall in a university or college with hundreds of empty seats.

There were some interesting student finance insights when diving a little deeper.

The following insights are based on and were found by comparing different majors:

Mathematics Major: Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, etc.

Business Major: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, etc.

Engineering Major: Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc.

Science Major: Biology, Environmental Science, Nursing, Chemistry, Health Science, etc.

Arts and Education Major: Communications, History, Criminology, English, Film, Political Science, etc.

Mathematics and Business Majors are More Likely to have More Money than Other Majors

graph that shows how much money each college major is most likely to have in their bank account, with mathematics and business majors coming out on top. Study done by OneClass.

Mathematics and Business majors are more likely to have the most amount of money in their accounts while Arts and Education majors were most likely to have the least.

The most common amount that students had in their bank accounts was highest for Mathematics and Business majors at $2001-$5000 compared to Sciences, Engineering, and Arts and Education majors that had $51-$500, $51-$500, and $0-$50, respectively.

Arts and Education majors were reported to have the lowest most common amount.

Mathematics and Business Majors have much Higher Median Amounts in their Bank Accounts Than Other Majors

graph conducted by oneclass that shows median dollar amounts that are in students' bank accounts, by major.

Mathematics majors have the highest median amounts in their bank accounts while Science majors have the lowest.

Of course, looking only at the most common amount is not the only way to find out which majors have more money than others.

Another way is to look at the median amount for each major to exclude outliers.

We found that Mathematics and Business majors had much higher median amounts than other majors when it came to how much money they have in their bank accounts, with Mathematics majors leading the charge at over $10,000.

The results indicate that Mathematics and Business majors keep more in their bank accounts than other majors such as Engineering, Arts and Education, and Sciences which could be partly attributable to their financial nature.

Which Student Year has the Most Money?

graduation cap sitting on a pile of 100 dollar US bills

Insights based on student years.

The following insights are based on and were found by comparing different student years.

First-Year Students are more Likely to have more Money than Upper Year Students

study conducted by oneclass on the most common amount in students' bank accounts based on year.

The most common amounts in bank accounts are highest in first-year students.

First-year students have the highest most common amount in their bank account compared to second and third-year students.

Second-Year Students have the Highest Median Amount in their Bank Accounts

study conducted by oneclass on the median amount in students' bank accounts based on year.

The highest median amount was found among second-years.

When looking at the median amounts, second-year students replace first-year students with the highest amount.

However, third-year students are still the age group that has the lowest amount of money on hand.

This could potentially mean that younger students generally have more cash in their bank accounts compared to older students.


Of course, seeing how much money students have on hand/in their bank account doesn’t tell the whole story of one’s current financial situation.

As mentioned previously, students could have just paid a large expense such as rent or tuition and conversely, they could have just received a student aid (loan or grant) disbursement from the government or their parents.

Or, their parents could be holding onto all of their money and giving it to them in small amounts to mitigate any financial risks.

However, this is still undeniably one method (among many) that contributes to painting a picture of the average student’s finances in terms of how much money they really have on hand and how it differs when considering other factors such as major and year.


Methodology

The “How much Money is in your Bank Account Right Now” study by OneClass is based on survey data collected from 399 college students in North America across 82 different schools. 109 males, 283 females, and 7 respondents who preferred not to state their gender participated in the survey. Students were engaged on social platforms. 81 identified as first-year students, 239 as second-year, and 79 as third-year. This survey was conducted from October 25th, 2019 to November 4, 2019.

Survey: How much money is in your bank account right now?


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Internships are incredibly important because not only is it a way to position yourself for your ideal career, but it allows you to work in a job you’ve been curious about to really see if that role is what you envisioned it to be.

It can be seen as something of a trial period, but a trial period that pays you well!

To help you make an informed decision during your upcoming internship search, we found the 20 highest paying internships in Australia using data from Glassdoor.

Not only do we have the monthly salary, we also included Glassdoor’s rating, recommend to a friend rating, CEO approval rating, and pros and cons from real past intern reviews to give you more information beyond the salary and help you make the best decision for yourself.

Although the money is important, it’s always important to look at the whole picture when choosing the right internship for you.

Here are the 20 highest paying internships in Australia (scroll down for more details).


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The 20 highest paying internships in Australia based on Glassdoor.

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*Pros and cons are based on past intern reviews on glassdoor.com.au


1. Macquarie Group Internship

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Average Macquarie Group Intern Salary: $6,147/month

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4.899%100%

Pros:

Past interns have stated that a major benefit of working at the Macquarie Group is being surrounded by and learning from such bright and intelligent colleagues. With such a great focus on innovation, Interns were able to learn a lot from their projects as well as from their colleagues. On top of that, the office perks and of course, the pay makes this internship program one of the best in Australia.

Cons:

As with many investment banks, the hours at the Macquarie Group can be long and lead to some days being stressful. The work-life balance is something that isn’t optimal but this is to be expected with a role in such a high performing and busy company. It’s also been reported that the hardware is slightly outdated.


2. Westpac Group Internship

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Average Westpac Group Intern Salary: $5,667/month

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4.281%100%

Pros:

With a dynamic and friendly working environment, interns have had positive experiences interning with the Westpac Group. The work has been reported to be diverse and interesting with the opportunity to be a part of large and impactful projects. The location is great and seeing colleagues very dedicated in their tasks is very motivating, according to past interns.

Cons:

According to past interns, a few things that hold the company back are the lack of innovation in the banking industry and the level of bureaucracy causing long processes. Additionally, A few past interns have stated that since their teams were spread nation-wide, communication was extremely difficult at times, but this does depend on the team or department.


3. Deloitte Internship

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Average Deloitte Intern Salary: $5,547/month

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3.466%100%

Pros:

Working at Deloitte is an excellent opportunity to experience a variety of work in many different sectors which allows interns to learn a breadth of knowledge with supportive and friendly colleagues.

Cons:

Depending on the team, a few interns have wished that there was more drive within the culture and that more responsibility was given to them on their projects. Additionally, the work load can be a little difficult at times but this is expected in a large company.


4. EY Internship

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Average EY Intern Salary: $5,547/month

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4.499%100%

Pros:

At EY, interns work with motivated and interesting people on exciting projects. Interns are supported extensively by their colleagues and team members and in a friendly culture with a clear career path. The office facilities have also reported to be very clean and of high quality, which is a bonus!

Cons:

Some interns have experienced understaffing where too few people were working on too many tasks which resulted in long and stressful hours.


5. Accenture Internship

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Average Accenture Intern Salary: $5,547/month

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3.994%N/A

Pros:

In Accenture, interns are able to gain exposure to many different organizations and industries with ample training in a great head office. The employees and colleagues at Accenture are reported to be very friendly and supportive with a work hard play hard mentality.

Cons:

As with many other consulting companies, the work-life balance can be difficult at certain times of the year or project.


6. ANZ Bank Internship

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Average ANZ Bank Intern Salary: $5,089/month

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3.430%100%

Pros:

Interns have the ability to get involved in large and impactful projects with friendly and supportive team members and managers. The workplace is said to be diverse and agile, and the environment is fast-paced which keeps the work exciting every day with interesting challenges.

Cons:

As with a large company, bureaucracy can be an obstacle sometimes. Many meetings can take up a lot of the day and some lengthy and inefficient procedures can delay deliverables.


7. KPMG Internship

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Average KPMG Intern Salary: $5,027/month

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4.5100%100%

Pros:

Working at KPMG as an intern is said to be a great experience with a friendly working environment and lots of learning opportunities. The work can vary a lot which keeps things very interesting and the global network helps with any future opportunities. The social culture and support during the internship is very impressive and allows interns to thrive during their stay there.

Cons:

Some interns have reported that their work was rushed at times and that long hours should be expected especially during busy seasons.


8. Unilever Internship

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Average Unilever Intern Salary: $5,027/month

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3.9100%N/A

Pros:

Interns at Unilever are surrounded by a good and welcoming environment with interesting projects and a lot of internal opportunities when it comes to projects or moving around to different departments.

Cons:

Due to its size, there are many processes that can delay projects and assignments.


9. Commonwealth Bank of Australia Internship

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Average Commonwealth Bank of Australia Intern Salary: $4,969/month

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4.181%100%

Pros:

When interns start at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, they feel incredibly welcome and comfortable and friendly team members contribute to this. The bank’s internship program promotes a healthy work-life balance and does not overwork their interns. Interns also get the experience of working on many different projects which keeps their work interesting every day.

Cons:

Some interns have reported that they were not challenged enough as an intern and that they wished to get more exposure to bigger challenges to learn and develop more. Also, due to its sheer size, simple requests sometimes required multiple ticks of approval, delaying tasks.


10. Microsoft Internship

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Average Microsoft Intern Salary: $4,583/month

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Pros:

Working in a beautiful head office, interns are able to work in a flexible environment with an incredibly welcoming and supportive culture. Interns are given real responsibility and autonomy from day one and are able to make a real impact during their internship.

Cons:

One drawback is how far the office is from the city center, making it difficult for many interns to commute there. Also, depending on the team, some interns have experienced ambiguity when it came to the structure of the work environment.


11. Aurecon Internship

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Average Aurecon Intern Salary: $4,507/month

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4.9100%N/A

Pros:

Interns are subject to amazing learning experiences, people and resources at Aurecon. The culture is very open where interns can meet senior employees easily. The employees at Aurecon are said to be very smart, diverse, and incredibly supportive; even if they are from different departments or teams.

Cons:

Due to its size, some actions and tasks can take time to be implemented or executed. Also, depending on the team or department, it can be hard to find work to do in the very beginning as interns are settling in.


12. Dixon Advisory Internship

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Average Dixon Advisory Intern Salary: $4,361/month

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4100%N/A

Pros:

Interns at Dixon Advisory have reported that they immediately felt a part of their team from day one. With a multi-layered support system and a supportive culture, interns have great resources to help them succeed during their internship. The company instills an incredible work ethic in their employees while encouraging a healthy work-life balance and lifestyle at the same time.

Cons:

During certain periods of the year, there can be long hours which can make things challenging but interns have such an extensive support network that everything is manageable. One drawback was that the work can be repetitive or lack variety at times as well.


13. PWC Internship

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Average PWC Intern Salary: $3,845/month

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4.191%100%

Pros:

PWC interns are given flexible work policies (flexible hours, lenient dress code, perks, etc.), great office amenities, and a great mentorship during their internship. Regarding the culture, colleagues are said to be incredibly supportive and helpful with even senior employees setting aside time to help and guide interns.

Cons:

At times, the work can be monotonous and lack in variety. Also, due to the size of the company, bureaucracy can hinder and delay processes.


14. Telstra Internship

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Average Telstra Intern Salary: $3,837/month

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4100%100%

Pros:

At Telstra, the work environment is very flexible and they do their best to promote a healthy work-life balance. With the company being so large, there are many business units to explore and learn about and the culture is said to be extremely friendly and constructive.

Cons:

Due to there being so many teams, work and tasks tend to get passed around a lot from team to team which can make it difficult to keep track of projects or assignments. Also due to the size of the company, it can be easy to feel lost in the size of the company.


15. Downer Internship

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Average Downer Intern Salary: $3,813/month

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5100%100%

Pros:

Interns at Downer get exposure to extremely friendly and helpful coworkers and get to work with motivated team members.

Cons:

Opportunities to move to different sectors are somewhat limited and the work can be uninteresting at times.


16. WSP Internship

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Average WSP Intern Salary: $3,813/month

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599%100%

Pros:

With a great work culture and environment, interns are able to get along with many coworkers and go to them for support through their internship. WSP has a strong focus on their employees and will do what they can to fix any issues that are being encountered for interns.

Cons:

Some interns have reported that managers can be extremely busy and that it is difficult to get into contact with them and have clear direction.


17. GM Holden Internship

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Average GM Holden Intern Salary: $3,542/month

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3.5100%N/A

Pros:

Interns are exposed to a lot of feedback from HR and their team so that they can develop and grow. They are given a lot of autonomy with their work and are able to work in an incredibly supportive and friendly work environment.

Cons:

As with many companies, the work can be repetitive at times so interns just need to take the initiative to keep busy.


18. SAP Internship

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Average SAP Intern Salary: $3,416/month

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4.889%100%

Pros:

Exposure to the entire company, a great company culture with supportive mentors and team members makes SAP’s internship program one of the best.

Cons:

Due to the program being relatively new in Australia, the structure is one thing that can be improved. Interns also have to be proactive in seeking work.


19. IBM Internship

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Average IBM Intern Salary: $3,190/month

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4.598%99%

Pros:

With a flexible work environment, supportive managers and team members, and plenty of responsibility and autonomy, interns are said to have a great experience at IBM. The company promotes a healthy work life balance with a flexible work culture and senior employees are more than happy to take time out of their day to help interns.

Cons:

It’s been reported that there are often small budgets for events and other things such as tea, coffee, or lunch. Also, due to the large size of the organization, there are many approvals and processes required that can delay tasks.


20. CSIRO Internship

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Average CSIRO Intern Salary: $3,002/month

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4.3100%100%

Pros:

Working in nice offices and with friendly colleagues, interns have a supportive environment where they can learn and develop. The work hours are relatively flexible and there are numerous projects that interns can be a part of.

Cons:

The company has been reported to be slow moving at times due to its large size. Also, being proactive in finding work and projects to work on is essential as an intern.


MethodologyOneclass’ 20 Highest Paying Internships in Australia report ranks companies with the highest average monthly pay for internships as reported by Australia-based interns on Glassdoor. The internship details provide information on internships in general from a specific company, covering a variety of internship roles rather than one specific position. Internships considered must have at least three salary reports and two reviews. In cases where companies have equal average monthly pay, the company that has more salary reports ranks higher.


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Despite the summer being months away, it’s never too early to start your internship search.

Internships are essential because it’s the best way for students to gain the experiences they need to position themselves for a bright future career.

They also allow students to work in their ideal field for a short duration which acts as a sort of trial period where students can get a real taste of the job and truly see if it’s what they envisioned.

So, to help you make an informed decision on an important step in your career, we found the 25 highest-paying internships in Canada using data compiled from Glassdoor.

In addition to the salary, we included Glassdoor’s rating, recommend to a friend rating, CEO approval rating, and pros and cons from past intern reviews to give you more context and information on each internship opportunity.

Money is important, but make sure you look at the whole picture before making your decision.

Here are the 25 highest-paying internships in Canada (scroll down for more detailed information).


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25 Highest Paying Internships In Canada Based on Glassdoor

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1. Shell Internship

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Average Shell Intern Salary: $5,949/month

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3.297%100%

Pros:

Just like how massive the company is, the intern program at Shell is no different. Interns are grouped with and are able to network with many other fellow interns which can make everyone feel a bit more comfortable having each other as they go through their internships. Interns are given a lot of responsibility with their projects and of course, the salary is among the most competitive in Canada.

Cons:

As an intern, you can expect to take initiative and improvise as sometimes you can be without a direct lead or left to figure out things on your own. This can be a pro or a con depending on how you deal with situations like these but it can be a little stressful at times. Also, along with many other large companies, certain tasks can be repetitive and many repeating acronyms could lead to confusion at times.


2. Hydro One Internship

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Average Hydro One Intern Salary: $5,893/month

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472%46%

Pros:

Interns have reported that their team members are generally very friendly and helpful to interns. Hydro One’s employees allow for a sense of community and allows interns to learn a lot with very competitive pay and low stress.

Cons:

Depending on the department and team, some people could be hesitant to new innovations which could slow processes. It’s also reported to be difficult to return as a full time employee after the internship.


3.CPP Investment Board Internship

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Average CPP Investment Board Intern Salary: $5,776/month

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4.276%72%

Pros:

CPP Investment Board’s employees are committed to the company and their jobs which is motivating to see from an intern’s perspective. Additionally, team members are smart, friendly and willing to help.

Cons:

Career development has been reported to be relatively slow with limits on head counts. Similar to other companies, work can sometimes be a bit dull.


4. TC Energy Internship

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Average TC Energy Intern Salary: $5,547/month

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4.6100%100%

Pros:

The office environment at TC Energy is very friendly and welcoming and encourages interns to voice their opinions and ideas. A benefit of working at TC Energy is that they offer plenty of transferable training to interns as well.

Cons:

Systems and databases have been said to be dated and sometimes there is not enough work for the interns to keep busy. Moving up in the company after an internship has also been reported to be difficult.


5. Shopify Internship

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Average Shopify Intern Salary: $5,373/month

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4.8100%100%

Pros:

Teams at Shopify are generally very flexible with work hours and projects to work on as an intern. The people are great which makes the environment very friendly and welcoming. There is plenty of interesting work and projects that interns can dive into and being surrounded by smart coworkers who are willing to teach makes this internship program one of the best.

Cons:

Being a large corporation, there can sometimes be situations where getting things approved and deployed will take some time which can delay projects and processes. The work is tough but the support is there.

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6. Ontario Power Generation Internship

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Average OPG Intern Salary: $5,200/month

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4.399%100%

Pros:

Although interns work very hard during this internship, the amount of learning opportunities there are for interns is almost incomparable. This is coupled with a great work culture where everyone is helpful and willing to teach interns and the fact that interns get to do meaningful work.

Cons:

With a company as large as OPG, it’s very possible for interns to feel like they’re a small part of a big process. The sheer size of the organization can make it difficult to have a huge impact/control over certain decisions in projects.


7. Altera Internship

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Average Altera Intern Salary: $5,200/month

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4.1100%67%

Pros:

With the work being challenging, it is difficult for interns to get bored of their work. The work can be described as challenging but intellectually satisfying. Additionally, interns get to work with very impressive and smart individuals which provide another opportunity for further learning and development.

Cons:

Since the products that Altera offers are generally relatively complicated, coordination between many different teams is often required which can limit creativity and freedom at times. Also, while interns get to work with smart individuals, at the same time there is a level of pressure on the interns to perform at a certain level as well.


8. Procter & Gamble Internship

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Average P&G Intern Salary: $5,149/month

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4.7100%100%

Pros:

The internship program at P&G has an extreme focus on leadership and personal growth. There are many projects and initiatives interns can work on and being surrounded by friendly and passionate individuals goes a long way in making this internship program one of the best in the country. Additionally, departments are generally open to hearing new ideas that can help improve processes which gives interns an opportunity to make a real impact.

Cons:

One con is that it can feel like the Canadian office does not have as much impact as its American headquarters counterpart. Additionally, like many other jobs, the work can be less inspiring or tedious at times.


9. Suncor Internship

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Average Suncor Intern Salary: $4,853/month

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498%97%

Pros:

Interns get to work with industry experts and learn from the best at Suncor. Very friendly and supportive coworkers and a reasonable amount of work make this internship a very attractive one to applicants.

Cons:

Interns have reported that it is relatively difficult to get a full time job after their internship. Additionally, with a big company comes slower work in terms of processes, and growth.


10. Sanofi Internship

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Average Sanofi Intern Salary: $4,853/month

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3.299%N/A

Pros:

The complexity of working in the pharmaceutical company is something that interns love to be immersed in and learn from. The great work culture and equally as great colleagues along with fast-paced work that varies every day makes this a very strong internship program.

Cons:

As the company is a large one, it’s slower to implement new changes and getting things done which can be frustrating at times for interns. Additionally, it has been reported that it is difficult to get a full time opportunity after the internship.


11. RBC Internship

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Average RBC Intern Salary: $4,840/month

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4.597%98%

Pros:

With its great people and culture, RBC internships allow interns to be involved with all facets of the company. The work-life balance is great and there are plenty of events for interns to socialize and communicate with other teams and interns.

Cons:

Like many other internships, interns need to take initiative to work on projects and tasks otherwise opportunities will be missed. The teams are generally very supportive but there is limited hand-holding in this internship.


12. IBM Internship

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Average IBM Intern Salary: $4,507/month

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4.172%80%

Pros:

Interns get the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects alongside great teams and colleagues. Surrounded by the smartest people in the industry and fun events and free food, interns can expect to learn an incredible amount while enjoying their time.

Cons:

Since IBM is a larger corporation, the processes can sometimes be old school and not very efficient. There is also a slight lack of an encouraging company culture when it comes to growth. However, if you are an independent learner, this would not affect you.


13. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Internship

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Average OTPP Intern Salary: $4,507/month

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4.4100%100%

Pros:

At OTPP, interns get to contribute to meaningful work and add value to their team/project. Surrounded by interesting projects and friendly and smart coworkers, interns get to work in a collaborative environment where they can really learn and develop.

Cons:

If interns wish to return to OTPP for a full time opportunity, it is supposedly unclear on what the process is or how someone would go about doing so. Additionally, depending on the department or team, there can be some lack of guidance for interns.


14. SAP Internship

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Average SAP Intern Salary: $4,333/month

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4.590%100%

Pros:

The work environment at SAP is vibrant and clean with many great utilities and perks. Interns have many opportunities to grow outside of their position as well through seminars, a mentor system, volunteer options, etc. The intern community is said to be incredibly welcoming and friendly and a great place to meet life long friends.

Cons:

Depending on the department, time can sometimes be spent inefficiently through too many meetings and slower approvals and decision-making, just like many other large technology companies.


15. BlackBerry Internship

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Average BlackBerry Intern Salary: $4,333/month

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488%91%

Pros:

Interns can feel comfortable interning at BlackBerry surrounded by helpful and willing coworkers and plenty of resources for self development. The great work culture and work-life balance makes this a very attractive internship program.

Cons:

Due to changing priorities, projects can be dissolved after putting in hours or even days of work. The work as an intern can also be infrequent or volatile at times with there being lots of responsibilities at one time and little to no work during others.


16. Broadcom Internship

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Average Broadcom Intern Salary: $4,333/month

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3.2100%N/A

Pros:

Interns at Broadcom work in a friendly atmosphere where managers, mentors, and colleagues are very approachable. The work as an intern is dynamic with multiple concurrent projects and interns get to work on leading-edge projects before they hit the market.

Cons:

One con of the Broadcom internship is that although interns learn a lot from their projects or the field they work in, it’s difficult for them to learn things outside of this scope. Getting a full time opportunity has reportedly been relatively difficult after the internship.


17. Autodesk Internship

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Average Autodesk Intern Salary: $4,333/month

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4.6100%100%

Pros:

Autodesk interns work in a great and friendly company culture and aren’t overworked during their internship. They receive an overarching project that they are expected to deliver a presentation on at the end of the internship and they have plenty of opportunity to have creative freedom with their projects.

Cons:

Some interns have noted that getting hired full time after the internship is relatively difficult and since Autodesk is a large corporation, implementing new changes is a challenge.


18. AMD Internship

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Average AMD Intern Salary: $4,276/month

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486%99%

Pros:

AMD interns work with smart and helpful coworkers with very strong intern support from HR and mentors. The work can be challenging at times but very rewarding and interns are rarely left empty-handed in terms of responsibilities.

Cons:

Relative to other technology companies, the work environment has been reported to be a bit more bland and the company bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate at times and take too long to request information or get things done.


19. PSP Investments Internship

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Average PSP Investments Intern Salary: $4,160/month

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4.9100%100%

Pros:

Interns have felt that the people and coworkers at PSP Investments are great in that they are genuinely interested in interns’ career growth and learning and provide opportunities and resources to help interns make a valuable contribution. Ideas are heard as an intern and the projects are very interesting.

Cons:

Regarding the investment teams, it is supposedly difficult to get a return offer after the internship. Also at times, processes can be too heavy and take longer than necessary.


20.Microsoft Internship

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Average Microsoft Intern Salary: $4,034/month

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3.998%99%

Pros:

As an intern, there are excellent opportunities in all areas of the company and employees genuinely want to help you succeed. The projects that interns get to work on are impactful and ambitious and the internship program serves as a great chance to branch out and work on multiple different projects to improve different skillsets.

Cons:

Like many other technology companies, the work is very fast-paced and long hours isn’t uncommon as an intern. Additionally, getting a full time offer after the internship is reportedly difficult.


21. Kiewit Corporation Internship

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Average Kiewit Intern Salary: $3,987/month

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4.7100%100%

Pros:

Kiewit promotes a very positive mindset from the top down so that all interns are treated well and given work that has real impact. Kiewit also allows interns to work on a variety of interesting projects and gives them the opportunity to move or transition to different positions to further learning.

Cons:

The hours can be long at times and travel is sometimes required which can be difficult for some.


22. GE Power Internship

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Average GE Power Intern Salary: $3,987/month

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4100%N/A

Pros:

Managers at GE Power are said to be very helpful and genuinely wish to help develop their interns’ skills. There is real opportunity and room for advancement after the internship and the people (coworkers and teams) are generally very helpful and friendly. Work-life balance and a relaxed work environment is promoted as well.

Cons:

Depending on the project, interns can sometimes feel that their work is not as impactful as they had liked. Also, given the industry that GE Power operates in, processes can be heavy and take long to implement things.


23. IBI Group Internship

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Average IBI Group Intern Salary: $3,987/month

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3.893%21%

Pros:

Interns are surrounded by nice and helpful colleagues and have opportunities to work on a breadth of projects where they have plenty of room to grow and learn. Despite being a multinational company, interns feel like they are cared for and that the company takes extra steps to ensure they are happy.

Cons:

After a while, work can get repetitive but this can be expected at most internships/jobs. With so many coworkers around you, recognition can be difficult at times.


24. Demonware Internship

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Average Demonware Intern Salary: $3,915/month

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5100%100%

Pros:

At Demonware, employees are as kind and friendly as they are honest and hardworking. The culture is great because of the lack of politics and drama and past interns have said that their employees have been the friendliest people they have met in the industry. The work is very interesting and fulfilling and provides great learning and growth opportunities.

Cons:

One con is that with the employees being so friendly, it can be hard to really see and understand areas of improvement during performance reviews. There is also lots of work to be done but this can be seen as a pro, depending on the perspective.


25. HSBC Holdings Internship

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Average HSBC Intern Salary: $3,813/month

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3.680%100%

Pros:

With a great culture and great coworkers, interning at HSBC Holdings is a great opportunity. Interns are provided with very capable and friendly local managers, weekly fun activities, and lots of interesting projects to learn and grow.

Cons:

As an intern, it can sometimes be difficult to connect with other teams. Additionally, with the company being so large, there are many levels of management which in turn drastically delays decisions being made on projects.


MethodologyOneclass’ 25 Highest Paying Internships in Canada report ranks companies with the highest average monthly pay for internships as reported by Canada-based interns on Glassdoor. The internship details provide information on internships in general from a specific company, covering a variety of internship roles rather than one specific position. Internships considered must have at least 5 salary reports. In cases where companies have equal average monthly pay, the company that has more salary reports ranks higher.


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8 Steps To Get A Job In University

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Making money while in university seems daunting, but if you’re able to open up your potential earnings streams through multiple industries, you’ll be able to make several paycheques easily..

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Here is our process guaranteed to help you get a job

Here are step-by-step solutions to helping you get the job you want. You can definitely apply on line, but in that case all you have to do is reorder some of the steps to fit the change in process.

You have a lot of resources at your disposal to put you a step ahead. Your school wants you to find work, because they know it will help you as a student. Having a schedule, making yourself feel productive and ensuring your tuition can begin to be paid off faster are three pieces that make students go from good to great, and your school knows it. That’s why they’ve created ways to aid their students.

Decide On Industry

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Find time to sit down and decide what industry is right for you. Do you prefer working with people? Manual labour? Working by yourself? Having a general idea helps when potentially speaking to a job counsellor. Be honest with yourself. It helps to understand what you want to do in order to maintain consistent earnings that you can budget around.

Find potential jobs

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Once you have a grasp on the industry you would like to work in, begin to search for related businesses. You can use job sites like indeed or craigslist or other job boards. Your school likely has a job board as well.

Career counsellors

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Your university or college has onsite job counsellors because they understand the difficulty have no earnings while attending university.

Schedule an appointment through your school’s career services. Go into the meeting with a list of potential jobs you would like to apply to, and from there you will work with them to craft a resume or multiple that will help you get your foot in the door for the interview.

Review your resume

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Look over your completed resume and be sure to memorize information you have on it. You do not want to go into a future interview unprepared. Stick to the fundamentals of explaining why you’d be a great employee for each business, which means you will have to customize them to a small degree.

If you think of some useful skill or information to add go ahead and add it. However, make sure it’s relevant to the position you’re applying to. Don’t add filler in order to extend the length of your resume. It’s better to have a short but highly relevant resume than a long one that doesn’t pertain.

If you have limited experience or none at all, don’t worry! In this case be sure to highlight your personal skills that you believe would make you a great employee (example: Punctual means an employer can depend on you. Detail oriented means a manager knows you will not take shortcuts.

When to apply

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You now have a list of jobs to apply to, the resume to go along with them, but you’re still likely unsure of how and when to apply.

Don’t arrive with your resume in hand at peak hours. You will likely be overlooked, your resume could be lost, or you could be seen as a nuisance interrupting an employees job. Look at what the individual store’s peak hours are. Schedule to arrive during the slowest hours, whether that’s soon after opening or later in the evening, unless it’s a restaurant.

If you’re applying to a restaurant you can either show up soon after opening, or simply call ahead and ask when the best time to drop off a resume is. Better than that, ask when the manager will be there that isn’t during peak hours. That way you’ll go straight to the source of hiring.

Find the right location

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How long do you think you should take to get to work? Do you know the area’s train or bus routes? Do you drive and need to understand traffic? An employer will potentially look at where you live in relation to their work. This could be a make or break situation.

Before selecting a location to apply to be sure to learn the transit routes, whether that’s through public transit or by driving. This allows you to have ample time to arrive, which could be encouraging to your potential employer. It may even be wise when dropping off your resume to explain the ease in which it took you to get there

If the location did take a fair amount of time to reach, do ypou think you will be able to maintain the time to get there? Keeping these things in mind will make you a dependable employee with a future potential of raises and promotions.

Arrive with resume

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When you arrive be sure to dress appropriately. This doesn’t mean a suit is required, but definitely don’t show up as if you just came from the gym. Wear a shirt or blouse, along with dark pants (with no holes) or a ankle length skirt. Darker colours are typically better, since they make you appear more serious

Look whomever you’re giving your resume to in the eyes and extend your resume to them. tell them how much you would like to work there, show them some knowledge of their business and be sure to ask them for their name. If the situation calls for it give a handshake, but this isn’t always required and you should be able to make a decision based on their body language.

First impressions count, so it’s best to show the potential employer their you’re clean, confident and able to take initiative, which is part of the showing up and applying in person.

You may be asked to interview immediately. This is where your knowledge of your resume helps. Speak in a calm manner, don’t speed through your experience or skills, and be sure to let them speak and respond when required. They make ask you about your experience, why you wanted to apply, what skills would make you a great employee, and whether working with a team (or working solo) is alright with you.

Wait for response

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If the hiring manager could not make the decision immediately, ask them when their decision may be finalized. If you hear nothing, don’t worry. The only thing you should care about are the employers who want you to work with them

Once you hear back from an employer. Listen carefully on the phone. If they want you to come in for an interview, be sure to note the details and later look up the best way to arrive their 5-10 minutes early.

If you’re hired because they interviewed you on the spot, make sure you ask them what’s required of you before starting. This could be your banking information, equipment required (such as safety shoes for laborous jobs or clothing of a certain color) and when you should come back for orientation and training.

Congratulations on the job!

Once you’ve gotten the job, it’s best to find ways to estimate potential pay. Ask your employer how many hours you should expect and at what pay. You can find our handy budget template here

University will become a lot easier knowing you have something to help with tuition, along with somewhere you can continue to feel productive after class. Building your resume should be your focus, as this shows to future employers once you’ve graduated that you’re dependable. Again, congrats on the job!

International Enrollments Could Surpass Domestic Enrollments at The University of Melbourne by 2020

International students come as they please in Australia.

With no cap in place, the number of full-fee paying international students studying in Australia continues to grow in spite of the rapidly-rising tuition costs they face.

Many believe 2019 will be the year Australia overtakes the UK as the second-largest destination country for international students and sit behind the United States.

Last year, AU$32 billion was pumped into the Australian economy from foreign students alone.

On average, international students are Australia’s second-leading revenue source after government grants in the higher education sector.

In this report, we use the University of Melbourne as a case study for international tuition and student enrollment trends as they relate to domestic student trends and inflation.

Case Study – University of Melbourne International Student Trends

The University of Melbourne places 32nd in Times Higher Education World University Rankings and ranks fourth as one of the leading recipients of international students in Australia.

In 2014, international students represented 31 per cent of the University of Melbourne student population. In a matter of four years, that percentage rose to 46 per cent.

International vs domestic student enrollments at UniMelb from 2014 to 2018.
In the University of Melbourne’s annual report for 2018, it was reported to be 42.1% in 2018, yet their international load to their total student load, when calculated, indicates its 45.81%. We rounded it up here.

This graph shows the proportion of international and domestic students to the overall student population at the University of Melbourne. Yet, the overall student population grew year-over-year as well.

In other words, the percentage of foreign students comprising of the overall amount of students enrolled grew despite the school having increased their overall enrollments every year from 2014 to 2018.

What this suggests is that international students are enrolling at the University of Melbourne at a far greater pace than domestic students.

In reality, domestic enrollments has not only slowed, but declined since 2014. In 2014 there were 29,437 domestic enrollments. In 2018 there were 28,579.

In 2017 and 2018, the University of Melbourne saw a fall of domestic enrollments by -0.8 per cent and – 5.5 per cent, respectively.

The last time the University of Melbourne saw a decline in domestic student enrollments was 2013, where the fall was a mere 0.04 per cent.

If the present course remains unchanged, there could be more international students enrolled than domestic students by 2020.

Total enrollment of international students has gone from 13,200 to 24,166 in the period from 2014 to 2018. That is, the percentage of international students enrolled at the University of Melbourne has increased by 83.07 per cent in a matter of four years.

With no cap in place for international student enrollment at the University of Melbourne, international students will continue to eat away at the student population proportion.

In 2018, 4178 new international students enrolled in 2018. That makes last year the largest intake of international students ever by the University of Melbourne.

As more foreign students come to study at the University of Melbourne every year, their tuition continues to increase along with it.

International tuition fee increases year over year at the University of Melbourne from 2015 to 2019.

Average international tuition fee increase from 2015 to 2019: 4.5 per cent.

On average, international tuition fees have increased by 4.5 per cent every year from 2015 to 2019.

For students in the Bachelor of Commerce program, international tuition fees were $33,760 (lower bounds) in 2015. To study in the Bachelor of Commerce program in 2019, it costs international students $40,216 – a 19.12 per cent increase in four years.

The bachelor of commerce program is the primary field of study for international students at the University of Melbourne. In 2017, more than one-third of foreign students chose this program.

graph of the most popular fields of study for international students at the University of Melbourne in 2017.
*This figure shows the field of study choices of international students at the University of Melbourne, irrespective of year of study.

Hypothetically, if 38.2 per cent of the total international students (19,988) enrolled at the University of Melbourne’s bachelor of commerce program in 2017, the university would have nearly gained $281 million from international tuition fees alone.

For the majority of domestic students, they benefit from government subsidies known as Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). A student receiving a CSP means they do not have to pay the full cost of their course. Instead, they pay a smaller contribution with the government making up the difference.

So a commonwealth supported student pays significantly lower tuition. A commonwealth supported student undertaking the bachelor of commerce program would pay $10,596.

The university would need 29,633 domestic students enrolling in the bachelor of commerce program to match the revenue gained from international students – nearly 10,000 students more

For commonwealth supported students, the domestic tuition fee has increased year-over-year at a considerably slower rate.

On average, domestic tuition fees have increased by 1.6 per cent every year from 2015 to 2019.

Looking only at the tuition fees for the bachelor of commerce from 2015 to 2019, domestic students saw an increase of $692 to their tuition, while international students saw a whopping $6,456 increase between those four years – a difference of 9.3 times.

University of Melbourne's bachelor of commerce tuition fee increase from 2015 to 2019.
UniMelb’s bachelor of commerce tuition for international students has increased by 9.3 times that of domestic tuition in a span of 4 years.

Student contribution amounts are capped by the government, unlike international tuition fees.

This means that international tuition fees will continue to soar unabated for as long as international students will keep flocking to the University of Melbourne.

Let’s look at how both domestic tuition fees and international tuition fees at the University of Melbourne stacked up against the Australia’s annual inflation rate.

Comparing the University of Melbourne's tuition to their domestic tuition and the Australian inflation rate from 2016 to 2019
Domestic tuition increases from UniMelb is slightly above the inflation rate. International student tuition is 3.5 times that of the inflation rate in the period from 2016 to 2019.

Using the current inflation rate for 2019 and, again, the bachelor of commerce tuition fees as a reference point, we can see domestic tuition increases has hovered slightly above the annual inflation rates on average.

Using the current inflation rate for 2019 and, again, the bachelor of commerce tuition fees as a reference point, we can see domestic tuition increases has hovered slightly above the annual inflation rates on average.

International tuition, however, has ballooned to 3.5 times that of the inflation rate from 2016 to 2019.

Tuition price increases for international students weren’t designed to keep up to pace with inflation, they were designed to accelerate the rate at which universities like the University of Melbourne could generate revenue.

Especially since the revenue generated from domestic students are only a fraction of what an international student can bring in.

In addition, it’s both prosperous for the school as well as the Australian economy given the purchasing power of the international students coming in.

Conclusion

With the current trends, the University of Melbourne, along with other Australian post-secondary institutions, will continue to enroll more and charge more to international students in the near future.

By our estimates, the University of Melbourne could see international student enrollments surpass domestic enrollments as early as 2020 if present trends are extrapolated to the next few years.

The combination of international enrollment increases and international tuition fee increases will only amplify the revenue generated from the international students in the coming years, and institutions like the University of Melbourne will continue to harvest from them.

While the United States currently leads the world in enrolling international university students, the uneasy political climate in the US under Donald Trump’s presidency could realize into more international student prospects for Australian schools.  

At the University of Melbourne, doors are open.



Notes:

*The 2018 Annual Report by the University of Melbourne reported their international student load for 2018 as 42.1%. However, their international load number for 2018 is reported as 24,166, while their total load is 52,745 for that year. This gave us 45.81%, which we rounded to 46%. Every previous year didn’t have this miscalculation.

*All figures are in Australian Dollars.

*Data was pulled from the University of Melbourne’s annual reports, which can be found their website:

2018 University of Melbourne Annual Report

2017 University of Melbourne Annual Report

2016 University of Melbourne Annual Report

2015 University of Melbourne Annual Report

2014 University of Melbourne Annual Report

*The Australian Government provided the data for course enrollments here: http://highereducationstatistics.education.gov.au/


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