This article provides highlights from the authors’ study, “The Impact of Unpaid Internships on the Career Success of Liberal Arts Graduates.”
This companion to “Starting and Maintaining a Successful Internship Office” details the mechanics behind setting up such an office.
Setting up and maintain a successful internship office on the college campus hinges on building effective relationships with employers and students.
Free downloads from the NACE Center: These studies examine how internships impact the development and initial career outcomes of college graduates.
GPA and the total number of internships a student completed as an undergraduate student are the major predictors of initial career outcomes.
Funded by the NACE Center, this study examines how internships impact the development and initial career outcomes of liberal arts graduates.
The authors explore soft-skill development through internships.
DePaul University leverages institutional relationships to market internships through a workshop provided at employer hubs.
A study funded by the NACE Foundation looks at how unpaid internships affect the career development and employment outcomes of college students.
Through a grant program, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is making internships accessible to low-income students.
Unpaid internships correlate negatively to student salary and employment outcomes, but do correlate to positive outcomes, according to a NACE Foundation study.
Even though unpaid internships correlate negatively to student salary and employment outcomes, they are not without value.
Wheelock College has a policy that calls for each student to have at least one field-based experience throughout his or her academic career.
Willamette MBA has refined its internship program to address student and employer objectives. Internship evaluations provide faculty with a resource they can use to inform curriculum development to ensure that what they are teaching students is relevant to employers.
The Mississippi State University (MSU) career center has worked to incorporate college/university accreditation standards into its co-op and intern employment evaluations to create a secondary evaluation source supporting concepts learned in the classroom and assessing whether the competencies are being mastered.
Internships are important, but colleges and universities need to ensure their educational value, and given the importance of internships in higher education, periodic review of the program is essential to ensure the best educational experience possible.
Placing internship and co-op professionals in academic departments can give career services a leg up on promoting experiential education to faculty and students.
American University’s career center developed a method for distributing and tracking internship evaluations to help faculty that administer internships and to provide career services with valuable data.
Median number of career center staff
Median number of students to professional staff
Median square footage of career services office
# of organizations participating in career fairs (median)
Percent of career services offices offering academic advising
2016-17 Career Services Benchmark Survey