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The Kids Are Alright: Big-Tech Interns Upbeat About Prospects Despite Turbulence

Summer interns across tech have watched with dread as layoffs and hiring freezes have swept the industry. But now many of them are feeling less jittery as permanent job offers are rolling in, especially for engineering interns at the largest tech employers.

Art by Laurent Bazart
Art by Laurent Bazart
Aug. 25, 2022 6:00 AM PDT

This summer, the hearts of college interns across tech collectively skipped a beat as layoffs and hiring freezes began to mount throughout the industry. It didn’t help when two big companies, Meta Platforms and Twitter, made headlines due to their decisions to delay permanent job offers to current interns because of the wobbly economy.

The kids are probably going to be alright, though. Amazon and Google are among the big-name employers that told The Information they don’t plan on scaling back their recruitment of summer interns, while Microsoft interns said they’re pleased with the prevalence of permanent job offers from the company. It turns out even Meta’s intern-hiring plans aren’t so bleak: The company’s top-performing interns have already received return offers, The Information has learned.

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