NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Benefit of Internships”


Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the benefit of internships.  Mike, college students are always looking for an edge in landing a job after graduation.  In fact, for many the prospects of ultimately getting employment drives their choice of a college major.  But are there other things college students can do to increase their odds of seeing a paycheck?

Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. Based on a new study, there is – and it is participating in an internship
  2. The study, by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, found that college students who had an internship while in college were twice as likely to be employed six months after receiving their degree than graduates with no intern experience
  3. Internships give students real world experience – much of which can’t be gotten in the classroom, and employers value this
  4. Good news – 61% of students have had some sort of internship, and several colleges and universities have made them a requirement
  5. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for N C State Extension