UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Among 2013 graduates, those who took part in an internships, had a distinct advantage over their peers in terms of job offers and starting salary. The College of Business and Economics strongly encourages its students, who have completed the necessary prerequisites, to consider an internship.
"Study after study shows 60-80% of all jobs are found not through a job board like Monster.com or a newspaper classified ad, but rather by a formal or informal network of contacts where the job isn't even posted yet." (LinkedIn Basics, page 16)
According to an article published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers on February 19, 2014, "Nearly 97 percent of employers plan to hire interns and co-op students in 2014, according to preliminary results of NACE's 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey. The 96.9 percent is nearly identical to last year, when 96.3 percent of responding employers responding to the survey indicated they planned to hire interns and co-op students in 2013."
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