2017 Top Executives
Median Pay: US$102,690
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Summary
Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.
Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization's financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization's size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization's guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

Intern

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Overland Park, KS

Associate Market Analyst

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Martindale-Avvo comprises some of the leading players in the online legal space, including brands that have been trusted for generations: Martindale-Hubbell®, Avvo® and Nolo®. We provide comprehensive legal marketing solutions including real-time lead generation, online legal profiles, live chat,...
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Los Angeles, CA

Intern -- Digital IT

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Overland Park, KS

Business Development Fellowship

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Founded in 2014, Aledade is a health care company funded by Venrock, ARCH Venture Partners, Biomatics Capital and Google Ventures. We help independent primary care physicians deliver better care at lower cost by supporting their transition to value based care for their Medicare and commercial...
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Intern

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Irving, TX

Intern - User Experience Designer / Researcher

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Reston, VA

Legal Summer Intern

Type: Internship
The CompanyDiligent is the leading Enterprise Governance Management provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 460,000 users and 14,000 clients - in more than 90 countries across all seven continents - rely on Diligent to help them...
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New York, NY

FINANCE INTERN - REAL ESTATE

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Overland Park, KS

Intern -- Software Developer

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Overland Park, KS

IT Helpdesk Intern

Type: Internship
We are looking for a New College Grad to join our IT Department from June to January for 8 months.The IT Helpdesk Intern role is to provide a single point of contact for end-users to receive support and maintenance within the organization's desktop computing environment. This includes...
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Shakopee, MN

Business Analyst Intern (Spring 2019)

Type: Internship
COMPANY DESCRIPTIONRated 32nd Most Successful SaaS Company in the world by Montclare, GoodData is on a mission to fundamentally change how analytics are used and adopted throughout the organization. With more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 using GoodData, millions of end users and a massively...
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IT Helpdesk Intern

Type: Internship
We are looking for a New College Grad to join our IT Department from June to January for 8 months.The IT Helpdesk Intern role is to provide a single point of contact for end-users to receive support and maintenance within the organization's desktop computing environment. This includes...
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Fort Mill, SC

Internship - Financial Analysis - Summer 2019

Type: Internship
LendingTree's Summer Internship Program:Our former Summer Interns will tell you, LendingTree's Internship Program is selective, challenging and structured to push the limits of what they thought they could do - and they wouldn't want it any other way. Are there easier ways to spend...
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Charlotte, NC

Internship - Sales Operations - Summer 2019

Type: Internship
LendingTree's Summer Internship Program:Our former Summer Interns will tell you, LendingTree's Internship Program is selective, challenging and structured to push the limits of what they thought they could do - and they wouldn't want it any other way. Are there easier ways to spend...
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Charlotte, NC

Business Analytics Intern

Type: Internship
Comcast brings together the best in media and technology. We drive innovation to create the world's best entertainment and online experiences. As a Fortune 50 leader, we set the pace in a variety of innovative and fascinating businesses and create career opportunities across a wide range of...
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Philadelphia, PA

Enterprise Rotational Programs Co-op

Type: Internship
Comcast brings together the best in media and technology. We drive innovation to create the world's best entertainment and online experiences. As a Fortune 50 leader, we set the pace in a variety of innovative and fascinating businesses and create career opportunities across a wide range of...
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Philadelphia, PA

Lead Development Representative (Entry Level Sales)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Sales team is a turbocharged V12 engine that drives the entire company forward by bringing our software platform to new customers - every single day. We are a tight-knit, high-energy crew that comprises Sales Development, Account Executives, and Sales Operations. We have a shared passion for...
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Los Angeles, CA

Seasonal Business Analyst Intern

Type: Internship
Come work for a Top 100 Workplace! Experience the fun of working in the entertainment industry at Canterbury Park - home to live horse racing every summer and year round action in our Card Casino, Racebook and Expo Center.Canterbury Park offers competitive pay and benefits for FT & PT employees...
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Seasonal Business Analyst Intern

Type: Internship
Come work for a Top 100 Workplace! Experience the fun of working in the entertainment industry at Canterbury Park - home to live horse racing every summer and year round action in our Card Casino, Racebook and Expo Center.Canterbury Park offers competitive pay and benefits for FT & PT employees...
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Social Media and Marketing Intern - Boost Mobile Prepaid Marketing Team

Type: Internship
Job SummaryAre you ready to put your education to work?Yes? Let's talk.You're ready to join ground-breaking projects, bring fresh ideas and meet top executives. Our interns do real work, volunteer together and compete in team activities. Oh yeah, and they invent stuff. True story. Sprint...
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Township of Warren, NJ