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  • The Impact of Undergraduate Internships on Post-Graduate Outcomes for the Liberal Arts

    Internships

    TAGS: first destination, graduate outcomes, internships, surveys, liberal arts

    This report was funded through a grant from the NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition.

    High-quality internship experiences are increasingly understood to be an integral part of an excellent undergraduate education, yet questions remain regarding the impact of undergraduate internships on post-graduate outcomes.

    This study assesses student participation in different kinds of internships at Mount Holyoke College—a liberal arts college with a large-scale internship program. Based on data from the institution’s graduating classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015, the study:

    • Investigates a range of student, institutional, and internship characteristics, including the source of funding and industry of internships.
    • Examines the relationship between participation in different kinds of internships and career outcomes six months after graduation.
    • Looks at the relationship between internship participation and student development outcomes, such as academic performance and engagement in career development activities.

    The study also examines if the introduction of a universal internship-funding program has increased student access to internship opportunities.

    FREE. September 2017. 38 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.

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