Using insights gleaned from quantitative and qualitative research, author Mallory Wallace addresses the question “What is cooperative education?”
Can a current job also count as an internship? Several members of the NACE Community weigh in with their views.
Each year, Idaho State University invests approximately $2 million to provide career- and major-related paid internships to its students through its Career Path Internship program.
Rhonda Fisher Eaker and Alyssa Marks, Metropolitan State University of Denver, look at the effects of funding students for internships in fields where internships are traditionally unpaid.
Staff at Oakland University examined barriers to internship participation among English majors and developed ways to address those barriers.
A team at University of California San Francisco set out to help advanced degree students interested in gaining business knowledge.
RIT Career Services has partnered with Parent and Family Programs to promote existing resources and develop new ones to help parents help their students.
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Employer Internship Toolkit provides key information to employers with existing internship programs and to those looking to establish one.
The University of Washington created an
intern performance evaluation template that it shares with employers, and on
and beyond campus.
Each spring, Indiana Tech holds an event
to recognize student interns and their employers, and to bring greater visibility
to the school’s internship program.
NACE research suggests that internship and study-abroad
experiences have a positive effect on the career readiness of first-generation
Indiana Wesleyan University interns are
required to create video answers to questions about their experiences. The
exercise has several beneficial results.
Christian University students taking low-paying or unpaid internships can qualify
for the Scholarship Funding Program, which pays them during their internships.
Clemson University’s on-campus internship program helps
1,000 students a year gain experience, build career readiness competencies, and
defray expenses, but it’s development was not without challenges.
Through its University Professional Internship and Co-op Program,
Clemson University provides 1,000 students a year with the opportunity to gain
experience, defray expenses, and build career readiness competencies.
course options provide all undergraduate students a method of notating their
internship experience or earning academic credit for it.
Macalester College and Wesleyan
University share their approaches for helping international and other students with specific
UMUC’s InternPLUS program helps nontraditional students gain valuable experiential education experience despite the scheduling challenges they face.
Two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh professors are developing a training program for interns to address the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.
This article provides highlights from the authors’ study, “The Impact of Unpaid Internships on the Career Success of Liberal Arts Graduates.”
This companion to “Starting and Maintaining a Successful Internship Office” details the mechanics behind setting up such an office.
Setting up and maintain a successful internship office on the college campus hinges on building effective relationships with employers and students.
Free downloads from the NACE Center: These studies examine how internships impact the development and initial career outcomes of college graduates.
GPA and the total number of internships a student completed as an undergraduate student are the major predictors of initial career outcomes.
Funded by the NACE Center, this study examines how internships impact the development and initial career outcomes of liberal arts graduates.
The authors explore soft-skill development through internships.
DePaul University leverages institutional relationships to market internships through a workshop provided at employer hubs.
A study funded by the NACE Foundation looks at how unpaid internships affect the career development and employment outcomes of college students.
Through a grant program, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation is making internships accessible to low-income students.
Unpaid internships correlate negatively to student salary and employment outcomes, but do correlate to positive outcomes, according to a NACE Foundation study.
Even though unpaid internships correlate negatively to student salary and employment outcomes, they are not without value.
Wheelock College has a policy that calls for each student to have at least one field-based experience throughout his or her academic career.
Willamette MBA has refined its internship program to address student and employer objectives. Internship evaluations provide faculty with a resource they can use to inform curriculum development to ensure that what they are teaching students is relevant to employers.
The Mississippi State University (MSU) career center has worked to incorporate college/university accreditation standards into its co-op and intern employment evaluations to create a secondary evaluation source supporting concepts learned in the classroom and assessing whether the competencies are being mastered.
Internships are important, but colleges and universities need to ensure their educational value, and given the importance of internships in higher education, periodic review of the program is essential to ensure the best educational experience possible.
Placing internship and co-op professionals in academic departments can give career services a leg up on promoting experiential education to faculty and students.
American University’s career center developed a method for distributing and tracking internship evaluations to help faculty that administer internships and to provide career services with valuable data.
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students to professional staff member
Median square footage of the career center
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent frequently discussing career readiness competencies with faculty
2018-19 Career Services Benchmark Survey