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  • Employers Making Tough Decisions With Internship, College Recruiting Programs

    BETHLEHEM, PA—As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, employers are making some tough decisions with their internship and college recruiting programs, according to research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    NACE’s April Coronavirus Quick Poll preliminary data released on April 24 shows that, in general, the trend is worsening slightly.

    Results from the most recent poll show that approximately 19 percent of employers are revoking offers to interns and 3.5 percent are revoking offers to new college graduates for full-time positions. These percentages are up from 14 percent and 2 percent, respectively, on April 10.

    Moreover, 59 percent of employer respondents are maintaining their offers to interns or to graduates for full-time positions; unfortunately, that figure is down 5 percent from the April 10 poll. Furthermore, another 22 percent are still considering revoking offers, so it remains to be seen which way that group will break.

    In addition, 78 percent of employers report they are making changes to their summer internship programs, compared to 65 percent on April 10. The most common changes include moving interns to a virtual program (42 percent of respondents) and reducing the length of the internship by delaying the start date (40 percent).

    About NACE’s April 2020 Coronavirus Quick Poll: The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is conducting a poll through the end of April to delve into college recruiting and hiring plans, and to track changes to internship programs. Through April 24, 270 employer members of NACE and 83 nonmember companies had responded. NACE posts preliminary results from the April poll each Friday. Due to the fluidity of the situation, respondents could return to the survey each week to change their answers to reflect the changes in their office’s policies, providing a more accurate snapshot of what is happening in real-time.

    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.