After seeing an intern’s monthly salary in Silicon Valley, it’s safe to say that we went so green with envy, we turned into the freakin’ Incredible Hulk. An intern makes over $6,000 a month. An intern?! Excuse us for believing that position was strictly reserved for coffee-fetching duties. Eeek, turns out we were wrong. We’re having serious deja-vu to when we found out Google’s interns rake in that much dough, too.
Now don’t get your panties into a bunch just yet, because it’s not as if you’ve missed out on our big break. While it’s a grand statement to say Facebook interns make $6,00 a month, the reality of the situation is that these coveted spots are reserved for the teen geniuses of the world.
Prime example: Michael Sayman. While his braces-filled grin makes him seem like the average 17-year-old, Michael was poached from his hometown of Miami after high school graduation, flown to Facebook headquarters to personally meet Mark Zuckerberg and offered one of their intern positions. What on Earth did Michael do to garner this red carpet treatment? While most of us were busy renting our prom tux and cheering on a sucky football team, Michael was busy creating the mobile game “4Snaps,” which rapidly gained over 500,000 users and became No. 1 in Word Games in the app store. Not too shabby, if we do say so ourselves. Cudos to you, Mr. Sayman.
Tech companies are indeed hiring these specific kinds of interns — unfortunately not our lazy butts who’d rather binge watch Netflix than learn HTML coding. Silicon Valley knows that to save relevant for decades to come, they need to cultivate young talent. Thus, they poach techy-geniuses right out of high school, pay them more money than they’ve ever seen and use them for all their revolutionary knowledge of what this younger generation wants online.
Moral of the story is that Facebook is smart for recruiting young talent. Oh, and nerds rule.