Benefits to Students

Employers, like you, are aware of the benefits internships offer to college students. Many want to serve their communities by helping students move from college life to productive careers. With the experience, connections, and perspectives gained from a successful internship, graduates are more certain of their career choices and knowledgeable about how to contribute to the organization that hires them.

Depending on students' majors, internships and related practical experiences offer more than just a taste of a future career--they also lead to jobs. According to the results of an April 2015 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers use internships for hiring and recruiting new college graduates 51.7 percent of the time.      

"Experiential education assignments are outstanding ways for students and employers to try each other out. Participating in an internship or co-op can help students decide if they really are suited to a particular profession or organization. In turn, employers can assess student performance on-site and in their corporate culture and, if they like what they see, can work to convert the student into a full-time employee upon graduation."

- Marilyn Mackes, executive director
National Association of Colleges and Employers