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  • Job Offers for Class of 2019 Grads Impacted by Internship Experience

    May 13, 2019 | By NACE Staff

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    As with classes in the past, the job offer rate for the Class of 2019 was strongly tied to internship experience and the pay status of those internships, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2019 Student Survey.

    The survey found that more than half of all graduating seniors who applied for a full-time job—53.2 percent—received at least one job offer. Within this group, 57.5 percent of students who had an internship and 43.7 percent of graduating seniors who did not have an internship received a job offer.

    In terms of the average number of job offers, graduating seniors who applied for a full-time job and participated in an internship received 1.17 job offers; those who did not have an internship received an 0.98 offers.

    The impact of internship pay status was evident as well as 66.4 percent of Class of 2019 graduates who had a paid internship received a job offer. On the other hand, just 43.7 percent of unpaid interns were offered a job.

    NACE’s Class of 2019 Student Survey was conducted from February 13, 2019 to April 30, 2019. A total of 22,367 students across bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and all year levels at colleges and universities nationwide took part; the focus of the report and this release are the 3,951 bachelor’s degree students who indicated that they are graduating during the 2018-19 academic school year (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019), and were thus members of the Class of 2019. The Class of 2019 Student Survey report will be available this summer.