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  • Intern Hiring Projection Climbs 22.6%

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Employers expect to boost their intern hiring by 22.6% for the 2021-22 academic year, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    NACE’s 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey found that both small and large companies have increased their projected intern hiring, driving the gain.

    “The jump in intern hiring is all the more significant as it comes following a drop in 2020-21, when employers trimmed intern hiring by 0.5%,” says Shawn VanDerziel, NACE executive director. (See Figure 1.)

    “These findings for interns also align with projections for full-time hiring in our Job Outlook 2022 Spring Update survey, as employers indicated they expect to increase their full-time hiring by 31.6%.”

    Other key findings from NACE’s 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report include:

    • Overall, nearly half of employers (46.8%) plan to provide a hybrid internship experience (a blend of virtual and in-person), 25.8% will hold internships exclusively in-person, and just 2.2% are planning internships that are fully virtual.
    • In deciding between two equally qualified candidates for an internship position, employers favor making their decision based on the preferred major and whether the student has held a leadership position.
    • Overall, most interns get little or no relocation assistance from employers. Slightly more than half of responding employers offer this type of assistance to interns and less than a quarter offer it to co-ops.

    Figure 1

    About NACE’s 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report: NACE’s 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report provides projections for internship and co-op programs for the 2021-22 academic year, but the bulk of the information presented here represent data gathered from 2020-21 internship and co-op programs. Historical data are also provided to indicate trends. Data collection took place from November 10, 2021, to January 12, 2022. There were 183 NACE member respondents representing 22.4% of eligible member respondents. The Internship & Co-op Survey was also distributed to nonmember companies from which an additional 26 responses were received. For information about how to purchase the 2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report, see

    About NACE: Established in 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the only professional association in the United States that connects more than 9,800 college career services professionals, more than 3,300 university relations and recruiting professionals, and more than 300 business solution providers that serve this community.

    NACE is the premier source of market research on career readiness and employment of recent college graduates. NACE forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks.

    NACE offers its members unparalleled research, networking and professional development opportunities, guidance on standards and ethics, and advocacy on key issues. For more information, visit NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media.