August 16, 2017 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: internships, trends and predictions, surveys, nace insights, co_ops
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
If employers are deliberating between two otherwise equally qualified candidates for an internship/co-op position, what characteristics would have the most influence on their eventual decision to hire one over the other?
Employers responding to NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey said the candidates’ major was, by far, the most influential characteristic, followed by GPA and if a candidate had held a leadership position. (See Figure 1.)
Having been involved in extracurricular activities was somewhat influential, while having done volunteer work and the candidates’ school were of very little influence.
These results were consistent with responses in 2016. In addition, the influence of these various characteristics did not differ between candidates for internship positions and candidates for co-op positions.
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: Influence of applicant characteristics
Percent of employers that allocated more resources to recruit historically marginalized students
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Percent of students seeking employer that embraces diversity
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Percent of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort
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