Doing an internship can help you open doors to important new professional connections. Two recent nationwide surveys illustrate how those connections can put students “in the best position to launch their careers.”
Increasingly, internships are becoming an essential advantage in a job search. A 2012 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that 51% of college students who completed internships received at least one job offer upon graduation, a number that climbs to 63% among paid interns. In contrast, only 36% of students who did not do an internship received a job offer.
An internships.com survey published in December of 2012 reveals that 69% of large companies and 39% of small companies made full-time job offers to their interns.
The advantages to interning can even extend beyond the initial job offer. The NACE survey found that interns who were hired on as full-time employees kept their jobs longer, with 62% of intern hires remaining with the company for 5 years.
According to some, “internships have become the new interview.” Get ahead by investing time in an internship. If you do, you’ll be investing in your own career. Visit our recent posts on summer internship opportunities (here, here, and here) for some options. Look for another one this Wednesday.