UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Among 2014 graduates, those who took part in an internship, 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 October 7, 2015, "Sixty-five
percent of bachelor's degree graduates from the Class of 2015 participated in
an internship and/or co-op, the highest percentage recorded for any graduating
class since NACE's Student Survey report was first published
College students continue to realize how much employers value work experience in the candidates they recruit. In fact, nearly all of the employers taking part in NACE's Job Outlook 2015 survey said they prefer to hire job candidates who have work experience. Furthermore, relevant work experience is preferred by almost 75 percent of employers, and 60 percent of employers say they prefer work experience gained through an internship or co-op experience.
In NACE's Class of 2015 Student Survey, 62.8 percent of respondents took part in an internship."
Are Internships the Only Way for Recent College Grads to Grab Entry-Level Jobs? (May 18, 2015)
How to Make Internships Translate to Employers (May 2, 2015)
The 50 Best Internships for 2015 (October 30, 2014)
6 Reasons Internships are a Must in College (July 2, 2014)