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Facebook Interns Get $6,000 a Month: Ridiculous or Well-Deserved?

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When you hear the word "intern," it usually means low-paying position or no-paying position. It's the kind of job students get when they're too busy with classes to get a full-time job. But for software engineer interns at Facebook, it means big money. According to Glassdoor.com, they get over $6,000 per month on average.

That's more than $72,000 a year. They also get full benefits, three meals a day, an iPhone, a computer, gym access, and $1,000 a month toward housing. Quora.com calculates the actual paycheck to be $4,600 a month, plus an extra $400 for each year of college the intern has completed. However, these are interns employed to do software engineering -- not necessarily your coffee go-ers and copy boys. Still, does $6,000 a month seem a little ridiculous?


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  • MW121 2012/06/05 17:54:15
    Well-deserved
    MW121
    +12
    Why does it matter how much they make.. If they have an opportunity to make money good for them.. It shouldn't matter to anyone what others make.. that's the problem with society today.. Everyones more worried about how much someone else makes instead figuring out how they can make more..

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  • David 2012/06/06 07:58:30
    Ridiculous
    David
    +1
    a bit too much for an "intern". If it's a job, then it's fine. But intern? With all those benefits? Hmm...
  • beach bum 2012/06/06 07:45:52
    Ridiculous
    beach bum
    ridiculous
  • Dark Angel AKA Hippiegirl 2012/06/06 07:00:57
    Ridiculous
    Dark Angel AKA Hippiegirl
    How can I get in on this?
  • Nozzle 2012/06/06 06:50:51
    Well-deserved
    Nozzle
    i wouldn't really say well-deserved, but it's definitely not ridiculous. if the company makes a lot of money, i'm glad the employees see some of it. the only thing that makes this a little weird is that they're 'interns' but then again if that's your main argument then it's just semantics anyway
  • Dion Pr... Nozzle 2012/06/06 13:08:02
    Dion Prince
    well thats just it. Facebook is not making a lot of money now that its gone public. its stock has slowly dropped from 38 to I believe it was $24
  • johnnyg 2012/06/06 05:43:45
    Well-deserved
    johnnyg
    Where do I sign up!!
  • Karl 2012/06/06 04:23:35
    Well-deserved
    Karl
    Notice that the article says software engineer interns. Facebook obviously wants them to continue working for the company, so this is actually a rather good method.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/06/06 03:58:43
    Well-deserved
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    So is capitalism the problem? Or "free enterprise?"

    Just because the word "intern" has a certain connotation doesn't mean it's set in stone. A good salary like that will help them pay off student loans. :)
  • Fashionable60s 2012/06/06 03:23:17
    Well-deserved
    Fashionable60s
    That's why America and the capitalistic system still work. These interns were picked for their talents that would be useful for Facebook. You don't get paid that amount for being a bump on a log. It is not just Facebook that has great perks for their talented workers, Google does it too. Why not? Of course, the OWSers will disagree and want to equalize the playing fields and re-distribute wealth, whether or not they are contributing to the company or possessing special or rare talents.
  • Nabael 2012/06/06 03:22:18
    Well-deserved
    Nabael
    +1
    Good for them, they are doing something with their lives and making a damn good effort in an industry they are good at.
    Only reason I imagine there are so many "ridiculous" votes is that I imagine most people are incapable and not lucky enough to have landed such a job.

    To bad, so sad.
  • John Mi... Nabael 2012/06/06 15:14:41
    John Minatree Jr
    I have a job behind a desk, 8 hrs a day, Monday thru Friday, and I dont make that much. It a ridiculous salary.
  • Nabael John Mi... 2012/06/06 17:46:19
    Nabael
    They have a job behind a desk, likely greater than 8 hours a day, looking through enough coding to make your eyes bleed, and typing in enough to make your arms get carpletunnel syndrome, on top of probably having to bust their ass to get to the internship, and going through a minimal of 4 years of college.

    Are you under the impression software engineering is easy? Because I can guerentee you (knowing from experience of minoring in computer science) that it is FAR from easy, and almost always entails working more than 50 hours a week starting out.
  • John Mi... Nabael 2012/06/07 11:11:02
    John Minatree Jr
    No I am not under the impression that is is easy. I am a Tech System Engineer for a government agency. I know how complicated it can be. But either they are overpaid, or I am underpaid.
  • Nabael John Mi... 2012/06/08 06:48:26
    Nabael
    +1
    I'd likely say a combination of both.
  • RoseyRhod 2012/06/06 03:00:04
    Ridiculous
    RoseyRhod
    +5
    You know who deserves $6000 a month but doesn't get even $2000 a month unless they work two jobs?
    EMT's and CNA's.
    EMT's are trained to save lives. They can do CPR, start an IV, move badly injured people out of dangerous situations. Their job is sometimes risky and often difficult. But the starting salary for an EMT is usually less than $25,000 a year.
    A CNA takes care of the elderly and handicapped. Depending on their level of ability, he or she helps them bathe, dress, eat, go to the toilet, and changes their briefs if they wet or soil themselves. It is a physically and emotionally stressful job with a high risk of back and other musculoskeletal injury. The starting salary for a CNA is also less than $25,000 a year.
    These necessary individuals deserve far better than they get. I hardly think that a Facebook software engineer's job is as vital.
  • Nabael RoseyRhod 2012/06/06 03:20:52 (edited)
    Nabael
    +5
    And both of which can be obtained within a single quarter in college and don't require nearly as much training as software engineer, in which the current structure of computers (and ultimately most economics and communication) rely upon entirely.
    I have an EMT certification, took me 10 weeks to get it, and I must say that I cannot complain with my wages with how easy it was to become one (and it was quite easy).

    While yes my job can be hard, and often dangerous (had a man who had taken meth, passed out, and suddenly woke up and tried to bite me after being entirely unconscious at safeway), I have got to say that my job is a great deal easier than that of a software engineer.
  • La Bef RoseyRhod 2012/06/06 13:38:15
    La Bef
    And by Facebook not paying $6000 to their employees how would that make up for the EMT or CNA's? Focus people!!!
  • Beltazar 2012/06/06 02:47:56
    Well-deserved
    Beltazar
    Depends on if they can handle the job or not.. If FB wants to pay that then it is their prerogative to do so.. Even though the term "intern" has a narrow definition depending on the company it can be seen in a broad way.. For example: in the radio business the term intern is very loose like and they the interns can basically get brutalized w/ all of the stupid stuff they have to do and get done.. Yet, being an intern for a political group or organization it has a whole different meaning..
  • Maci 2012/06/06 02:42:29
  • Curmudgeon 2012/06/06 02:30:42
    Well-deserved
    Curmudgeon
    If you can land a job that pays that much who cares if someone else thinks it's crazy?
  • Flamingolady 2012/06/06 02:20:14
    Ridiculous
    Flamingolady
  • xxx 2012/06/06 02:07:07
  • Figment 2012/06/06 01:46:08
    Ridiculous
    Figment
    +1
    'intern'? Hah they make more and receive more than most state employees.

    They do deserve what they make, but the use of the term intern is deceptive.
  • endthefed.soundmoney 2012/06/06 01:45:51
    Well-deserved
    endthefed.soundmoney
    Good for them.
  • brittneylalaa 2012/06/06 01:45:04
    Well-deserved
    brittneylalaa
    Why wouldn't it be well deserved? They were able to get hired at the biggest social networking site on earth. I have no reason to say its ridiculous. That is unless I'm JEALOUS.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/06/06 01:38:09 (edited)
    Ridiculous
    MOMMA THOMAS
    HIRE DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF INTERNS....(AT HALF THE PAY.) EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED! WHERE ARE THE APPLICATIONS?
  • Maci MOMMA T... 2012/06/06 02:43:32 (edited)
  • RoseyRhod Maci 2012/06/06 03:02:01
    RoseyRhod
    Ah yes, one who MUST drag politics into it.
    Boring!
  • Maci RoseyRhod 2012/06/06 03:05:02
  • jubil8 ... Maci 2012/06/06 04:01:51
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    I see a conservative replying "Ridiculous" below.
  • Maci jubil8 ... 2012/06/06 04:05:09
  • MOMMA T... Maci 2012/06/06 06:21:05
    MOMMA THOMAS
    NO LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE/CONSERVATIVE ISSUE HERE.... WENT TO A HUGE UNIVERSITY GRADUATION LAST MONTH. THEY ALL NEED JOBS (INCLUDING MY GRANDCHILDREN) ..AND THAT WAS JUST ONE SCHOOL!
  • Maci MOMMA T... 2012/06/06 06:37:03
  • MOMMA T... Maci 2012/06/06 23:45:23
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    SORRY THE CAPS OFFEND YOU, MACI. HAD A STROKE, EYESIGHT IS FAILING.
  • La Bef MOMMA T... 2012/06/06 13:41:45
    La Bef
    I believe your reasoning is ridiculous. We "still" live in a republic, not in a socialist country.
  • RhettDe... MOMMA T... 2012/06/06 23:34:23
    RhettDempsey-Taylor
    Facebook can do what they like, America, last time I checked, is a Capitalist state. Your communist dreams are only a reality in China, go now!
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/06 00:17:05
    Ridiculous
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    WAY ridiculous!
  • Marcus Clark 2012/06/06 00:10:13
    Well-deserved
    Marcus Clark
    +4
    The company and the employee agree on the terms of employment. Therefore it is well-deserved.
    Read some of the "Ridiculous" comments to see examples of the worst kind of envy. ('I don't get it so neither should they.')
  • Red Branch 2012/06/05 23:54:52
    Ridiculous
    Red Branch
    +2
    Obscene is more like it.
  • trentin... Red Branch 2012/06/06 05:08:09
    trentinafur
    +2
    Obscene? As a 'conservative' - are you not for Capitalism, and Free Markets??

    Obviously, no one is forcing Facebook to offer $6k. So why call a rate that a free market buyer (Facebook) feels is the right price to pay to a free market seller (a talented software engineering student) "Obscene"?

    Are you really a Socialist, or a Communist - who feels that prices should not be based on Free Markets?

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