9 internships that pay better than "real" jobs

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    The traditional internship in the U.S. was once a low-wage, or even unpaid, rite of passage for college students, who spent their summers answering phones or making coffee.

    How times have changed.

    The top internships at some of America's biggest businesses today pay far more than the typical worker earns on a monthly basis. If these summer positions were year-round roles, the highest-paying internship would provide annual pay of almost $100,000, according to a new study from employment site Glassdoor.

    Summer interns at these top-paying companies are given tasks that provide real opportunities and responsibilities, such as working on marketing projects or designing software programs. So where can students find these plum assignments? Look to the tech industry, which tends to pays its interns generously.

    So-called STEM professions (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) are increasingly pulling away from jobs that don't require the same level of specialized expertise and training. Internships are no exception, with tech-related interns more likely to earn generous pay during their summer breaks than arts or humanities students.

    All of the top-paying internships include monthly paychecks that are higher than the typical American's monthly earnings of about $4,300, according to Glassdoor.

    Read on to learn about the 9 highest-paying summer internships.