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
Percent of career centers that provide internship assistance
# of organizations participating in career fairs (median)
Median operating budget for career center
2016-17 Career Services Benchmark Survey