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  • Internship Experience a Strong Factor in Class of 2019 Job-Offer Rates

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Traditionally, job-offer rates for college graduates are highly dependent on whether college graduates had an internship and, if so, whether those internships were paid or unpaid. This trend continues for the Class of 2019.

    In the Class of 2019 Student Survey recently conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 53.2 percent of all graduating seniors who applied for a full-time job reported receiving at least one job offer. Among them, 57.5 percent of students who had an internship reported receiving a job offer, which is nearly 14 percent higher than the percentage of graduating seniors who did not have an internship (43.7 percent).

    Furthermore, graduating seniors who applied for a full-time job and participated in an internship received an average of 1.17 job offers, while those who did not have an internship received an average of 0.98 offers.

    The pay status of internships is a significant factor as well. Among Class of 2019 graduates who had an internship, nearly two-thirds of paid interns (66.4 percent) received a job offer, while just 43.7 percent of unpaid interns were offered a job.

    It is important to note that NACE’s Student Survey only surveys students during the spring semester prior to graduation and, therefore, cannot show how internship experience—paid or unpaid—affects job-search success in the months after graduation.

    About the Class of 2019 Student Survey: NACE’s Class of 2019 Student Survey was conducted from February 13, 2019 to April 30, 2019. A total of 22,367 students across bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and all year levels at colleges and universities nationwide took part; the focus of the report and this release are the 3,951 bachelor’s degree students who indicated that they are graduating during the 2018-19 academic school year (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019), and were thus members of the Class of 2019. The Class of 2019 Student Survey Report will be available this summer. 

    About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media.