This article provides highlights from the authors’ study, “The Impact of Unpaid Internships on the Career Success of Liberal Arts Graduates.”
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.
Employers are projecting to hire 3.4 percent more interns and 6.3 percent more co-ops in 2017 than they did in 2016.
This article provides highlights from a study that looks how internships affected outcomes of Endicott College graduates six months and five years after graduation.
This article provides highlights from a study at Mt. Holyoke College that looks at how internships impact liberal arts majors.
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.
The further along students are in their work toward a degree, and the more advanced the degree, the greater their salary will be during an experiential education assignment, according to NACE’s 2016 Guide to Compensation for Interns & Co-ops.
Hiring for both internships and co-ops is expected to be down this year, although certain industries are forecasting hiring gains, according to results of NACE’s 2016 Internship & Co-op Survey.
Students who took paid internships or co-ops were more likely to receive an offer of full-time employment and a higher salary offer from their employers than were students who took unpaid internships or co-ops, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.
NACE research has found a strong positive relationship between a student having an internship and an increased probability of receiving a full-time job offer while searching for a job prior to graduation. NACE data to date, however, have not allowed for a full analysis of the relationship between having an unpaid internship and the prospects for full-time employment after graduation.
Overall unemployment rate
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unemployment rate, bachelor’s degree grads age 20 – 24
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average starting salary, Class of 2017 bachelor’s degree graduate
Fall 2017 Salary Survey
Increase in hiring projected for Class of 2018 over Class of 2017
Job Outlook 2018
Percent of Class of 2016 bachelor’s degree grads employed or pursuing more education
First Destinations for the College Class of 2016