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Interns More Likely to Have Job Offers with Higher Pay

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New graduates who took part in an internship program are more likely to have received a job offer than their peers who decided to forgo the experience, according to results of NACE’s Student Survey.

The study found that 42.3 percent of the seniors who had internship experience and applied for a job received at least one job offer. Conversely, only 30.7 percent of seniors without internship experience who applied for a job received an offer.
 
Survey results show the median accepted salary offer for seniors with an internship was $45,301—nearly 31 percent higher than the $34,601 median accepted salary offer to non-intern seniors.

What are Internships?

In its position statement, NACE recommends an internship be defined as “a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."

  • They may be full-time or part-time.
  • Programs can be structured or unstructured, as long as there is training involved in the experience.
  • They may or may not be for credit and may or may not be paid.

Click here to find out how to obtain an internship for credit

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