• Internships: Outcomes

  • 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.