Spotlight for Recruiting and Employment Professionals, May 25, 2011
Sixty-two percent of students who responded to NACE’s 2011 Student Survey indicated they “definitely would” (36 percent) or “probably would” (26 percent) accept an offer for a full-time position from their most recent internship employers.
Just 18.7 percent of students with an internship noted they would likely turn down an offer of full-time employment with their latest employers. The likely driver of those rejections: The type of work the students were given to do as interns.
The more nonprofessional or clerical work the intern was given, the more likely the intern would reject the job offer and look for work elsewhere, regardless of whether the internship is served with a for-profit, nonprofit, federal, or state/local government employer. For example, on average, those rejecting offers of full-time employment with for-profit employers spent more than one-third of their time on clerical or nonprofessional tasks, while those who accepted offers spent an average of just over one-fifth of their time in such undertakings. Among federal interns, those rejecting offers spent 42 percent of their time on clerical work, compared to 28 percent for those who accepted offers.
The NACE 2011 Student Survey was conducted mid-February through April 30, 2011. More than 50,000 students nationwide, including nearly 20,000 graduating seniors, took part in this year’s survey. Information in this story is based on data gathered from graduating senior respondents.
Ed Koc, NACE’s director of strategic and Foundation research, will present “Internships and Entry Into the Job Market” during the NACE 2011 Conference in Dallas. Based on data from the 2011 Student Survey, the presentation explores how the internship experience affects student perspectives, approaches, and outcomes.