Intern Hiring Falls 3.4% For 2014

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While employers plan to hire 1.3% more bachelor’s degree-level interns in 2014 than they did a year ago, overall intern hiring will fall 3.4% in 2014 from last year, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

internship-hiring-trendsNACE’s 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey found that nearly 97% of responding employers plan to hire interns during 2014. However, despite the increase at the bachelor’s-degree level, cutbacks in internships among associate, master’s, and doctoral-degree students account for the overall drop. (See Figures 1 and 2.)

Still, employers in several industries do plan to hire significantly more interns in 2014, including those in miscellaneous professional services; accounting services; retail trade; food and beverage manufacturing; information; and finance, insurance, and real estate.

Figure 2: Intern hiring, 2013 vs. 2014, by degree level

Degree level # of 2012-13 Hires # of 2013-14 Hires % Change
Overall 27,576 26,647 -3.4%
Associate 510 382 -25.1%
Bachelor’s 21,506 21,776 1.3%
Master’s 4,450 4010 -9.9%
Ph.D. 1,110 479 -56.9%

Source: 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

About the 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey: NACE’s 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey was conducted from November 18, 2013, through January 24, 2014. The survey was sent to 1,116 NACE employer members; 264, or 23.7%, took part. More than 20 industries were represented. By region, 22.7% of respondents were from the Northeastern United States; 25.8% were from the Southeast; 33.0% were from the Midwest; 17.8% were from the West; and 0.8% were from outside of the United States.


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