Survey Shows Many Internships Lead to Job Offers

By Catherine Groux
Posted December 13, 2012 11:00 AM

Internships frequently lead to job offers for college students.
Internships frequently lead to job offers for college students.
A new survey by shows that a majority of college students participate in internships before earning their bachelor's degree. In doing so, these individuals have the chance to gain hands-on experience, real-world skills in their field and a wide range of professional contacts. On top of these benefits, an increasing number of students are also receiving job offers after completing their internships.

The survey shows that 69% of companies with 100 or more employees made full-time job offers to their interns in 2012. Additionally, among those employers who said they hired their interns, 85% felt doing so led to a positive experience.

Given this important benefit of completing an internship, more bachelor's degree seekers are deciding to do so before graduating. According to the survey, 65% of companies said they received more internship applications in 2012 than they did in 2011. At the same time, businesses are becoming more willing to take on interns. A total of 53% of companies said they plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012.

This increase in the number of internships includes a growing number of virtual opportunities. The survey shows that this year, about one-third of employers said they offer virtual internships, marking a 20% increase from 2011.

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