Facts about Internships

Below are a few key facts regarding the reasons why an internship can be so beneficial to students near graduation.

  • Aside from a student’s major and how well he or she interviews, experience, such as an internship, is the next most important factor to employers when making hiring decisions (Collegegrad.com).
  • A May 2012 study showed that students who completed an internship earned about 15% more on average than those who did not engage in an internship.
  • According to a NACE 2010 Internship and Co-op Survey, 44.6% of new hires (from the Class of 2009) came from employers’ internship programs.
  • An April 2012 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed an overall conversion rate for turning interns into full-time employers hit an all-time high of 58.6%.
  • One University study showed that on average, only 30% of graduating seniors have job offers prior to graduation, whereas this number rises to 58% for students who have completed internships.

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