Gallup recently published an article (January 17, 2018, written by Ashley Artrip and Zac Auter) that discussed some recent findings regarding the power of internships:
40% of associate degree graduates had a relevant job or internship while in school had a job right after graduation
16% with a non relevant job or internship had a job waiting for them.
6% without a job or internship had a job waiting for them.
In addition, they found that grads with relevant internship experiences have positive workforce outcomes:
Based on employed associate degree holders who had a job or internship during school:
Completely related Somewhat related Not at all related
Engaged at work 49% 40% 19%
The conclusion of the article was that two-year colleges should consider the value of an increased emphasis on internships.
Is your college able to successfully develop relevant internships?