How does your school compare to others in internship survey?

March 29, 2011 at 8:11 am | Posted in America's education system | Leave a comment
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Susan Sandberg

The newly released U.S. News survey identifies the 10 universities producing the highest percentage of interns among their undergraduate students. Of the 692 schools that provided internship data to U.S. News, 36.8% of 2009 graduates took part in an internship at some point during their studies, on average. Key points in the survey are:

  • The average is lower—32.8%—among the 81 national universities that provided the data to U.S. News. There are some large universities that stand out, however. Highly ranked schools like the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University claim to have 90% and 75% of students completing internships before graduating, respectively.
  • The University of Pittsburgh, a public university that awarded more than 3,800 bachelor’s degrees in the 2008-09 academic year, reported that 72% of those students worked as interns before graduating. Numerous liberal arts colleges require all students to partake in at least one internship before graduating, so only national universities were considered for this list. Of the national universities surveyed, 178 did not offer internship statistics and were not in the analysis.
  • The top 10 national universities with the highest percentage of 2009 graduates who worked as interns at some point during their studies are University of Pennsylvania, 90%; Colorado School of Mines, 84%; American University, 81%; Seton Hall University, 76%; Duke University, 75%; Fordham University, 75%; University of Pittsburgh, 72%; George Washington University, 68%; Johns Hopkins University, 66%; and Florida Institute of Technology, 65%.
  • Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find internship data, complete rankings, and more.
  • Poynter.org says, “The missing ingredients from the report, though, are an X factor — hustle on the part of students — and a $ factor — whether or not the internships pay.” The article points out that 8 of U.S. News’ top 10 internship-producing universities are private. By definition, that makes them more expensive than public universities. The writer asks if financial demographics that open up many students’ choice of colleges also seem to open up internship doors. To read more, click here.
  • Internships.com, the world’s largest internship market, now offers a record high of over 46,000 internship opportunities in over 17,000 companies, in over 2,000 cities. Encourage your students to search the site for their next internship. Not only will your students benefit, but your school will increase its percentage of students who graduate with internship experience.

Internship opportunities: a college to career GPS

May 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Posted in America's education system, Current events | 1 Comment
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by Dr. Rudy Crew USC, Advisor to internships.com

For the last decade, this country has been trying to “Leave No Child Behind.”  One premise was that the institutions charged with the care of children and young adults would operate seamlessly, and collaboratively in building skills, attitudes and values that enable successful careers.

I got the point, however subliminal.  As a former Chancellor of New York City Schools and later, Miami Dade County, I think the notion of leaving no child behind, had tremendous strategic potential.  But then there’s life and tyranny of the day to day.

The K-12 system is only loosely connected to that of junior colleges and other post-secondary institutions.  And from there, the way from college into the career or job of one’s choice is a function of luck, circumstance and as one young man once told me, a “hook up.” In truth, by contrast to other developed nations, we do a poor job of teaching the needed skills of occupational and civic literacy.  Worse yet, the path from college to a career requires a “GPS,” which very few students actually have.  Were it not for college career centers, savvy parents and big business, few students would make it into the job market at all, and even fewer from poor communities.

It was once taken as an article of faith, that college exit meant job entry.  The numbers tell a different tale.  First, 7 million jobs have left this country since 2006. Employment numbers are slow going north, and for the age group of the average college student (18-24) unemployment is still double the national average.   All this makes the case for a more explicit means by which students in this country get from college into a job—a National Internship program.  This is an investment in college age youth by small and big businesses alike.  It argues from the place where vision meets strategy– like that of other eras in our history when the marketplace was in turmoil.  The GI bill after WWII, the Civil Rights Bill both came after decades of deferred dreams for education and access to jobs–good jobs.

So now education is going to “Race to the Top.”  President Obama is right to suggest that we need to double time our pace if we intend to be competitive, globally.  But again, is it a slogan for the campaign or is there a strategy behind it?  Is there a real set of stairs from a community college in rural or urban America to a good job in the US economy?  I’ll know it’s for real when the “race” is being run with incentives for small and medium businesses to take on interns in the workplace.  It’ll be true when colleges and universities enlist their alumni associations to give an internship to the entire junior and senior class.  It will be true when career center budgets swell because of volume of demand and America’s Mayors campaign for the youth vote by harnessing themselves to youth employment. And when the skills taught in American public schools are ratcheted up to bear some relationship to skills needed to join a college, or vocation—for all students.

So much to do; so little time to win this race.  Your thoughts please; just no slogans.

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