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  • Employers Planning to Hire More Interns in 2017

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Employers anticipate hiring 3.4 percent more interns in 2017 than they did in 2016, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    These findings from NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey report make 2017 the first year since 2013 that employers have reported positive hiring projections for interns and full-time, entry-level hires. In recent years, employers indicated positive hiring projections for full-time hires, while they expected to either maintain or decrease their hiring levels for interns. (See Figure 1.)

    In 2017, the strongest hiring projections for interns were associated with employers with more than 20,000 employees (see Figure 2) and those in the Mid-Atlantic region (see Figure 3).

    On the other hand, the weakest projections were associated with employers with 501 to 1,000 employees, and those in the Midwest region.

    Also, 41 percent of respondents indicated that they would increase intern hiring in 2017, while 42 percent indicated that they would maintain hiring and 17 percent noted that they would decrease hiring.

    Figure 1: Hiring projections for interns, co-ops, and FT, entry-level hires: 2004-17

    Source: 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 2: Hiring projections for interns, by company size

    Company Size % Change
    500 or less -3.2%
    501- 1,000 -17.2%
    1,001- 2,500 0.6%
    2,501- 5,000 2.8%
    5,001- 10,000 2.0%
    10,001- 20,000 -3.1%
    More than 20,000 6.6%
    Source: 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 3: Hiring projections for interns, by region

    Region % Change
    Mid East 20.3%
    New England 6.5%
    Southeast 5.6%
    West 1.5%
    Southwest -1.9%
    Midwest -5.5%
    Source: 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    About the 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey: NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey was conducted from November 21, 2016, to February 17, 2017, among NACE employer members; there were 276 respondents, representing 26.4 percent of all eligible respondents. An executive summary from NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey report will be available later this spring.

    About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit http://www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media at http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/.