• Internships: Outcomes

  • Paid Interns/Co-ops See Greater Offer Rates and Salary Offers Than Their Unpaid Classmates

    Students who took paid internships or co-ops were more likely to receive an offer of full-time employment and a higher salary offer from their employers than were students who took unpaid internships or co-ops, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.

    Candidate Selection, Strong Connections Yield High Internship Program Rates

    To make its internship program a valuable source of talent, Owens Corning places emphasis on hiring interns who it feels would be successful leaders in the future and on building deep connections between interns, the company, and the community.

    Percentage of Students With Internship Experience Climbs

    Sixty-five percent of bachelor’s degree graduates from the Class of 2015 participated in an internship and/or co-op. College students continue to realize how much employers value work experience in the candidates they recruit.

    Internship and Co-op Satisfaction and Conversion

    More than 75 percent of Class of 2015 bachelor’s degree graduates who had internships or co-ops reported that they were either “very satisfied” or “extremely satisfied” with their experience in their experiential education assignment.

    Intern to Full-Time Hire Conversion: “Returning” vs “Nonreturning” Interns

    Are students who repeat their internship experience with an organization more likely to convert to full-time hires? nearly 90 percent of eligible returning interns received an offer of full-time employment, and nearly 90 percent of those accepted. In comparison, just 43.5 percent of nonreturning interns were offered a job with their internship employer.

    The Internship Sectors and Pay Status of STEM Majors

    In which sectors were STEM majors most likely to have had an internship or co-op? And were their internships paid or unpaid?

    Internship/Co-op Experience of STEM Students

    Among STEM students, computer science, engineering, and environmental science majors were the most likely to have had an internship/co-op experience.

    Unpaid Internships: A Clarification of NACE Research

    NACE research has found a strong positive relationship between a student having an internship and an increased probability of receiving a full-time job offer while searching for a job prior to graduation. NACE data to date, however, have not allowed for a full analysis of the relationship between having an unpaid internship and the prospects for full-time employment after graduation.