July 19, 2017 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: internships, competencies, trends and predictions, surveys, nace insights, co_ops
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
When it comes to selecting students for their internship and co-op programs, employers have a set of five competencies that are “must haves,” according to NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey.
In the three years since this survey first asked about the competencies that are most important to employers when selecting students for their internship and co-op programs, five competencies have stood out as crucial for intern and co-op hires to possess. (See Figure 1 and Figure 2.) These include:
In fact, at least 95 percent of employers responding to this question see information processing and teamwork as critical components of an internship or co-op recruit’s appeal.
NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey was conducted from November 21, 2016, to February 17, 2017, from NACE employer members; there were 276 respondents, representing 26.4 percent of all eligible respondents. The 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey report is available to participants through MyNACE. An executive summary of the 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey is available on NACEWeb.
Figure 1: Preferred competencies for intern hires
Figure 2: Preferred competencies for co-op hires
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