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Survey of American College Students: Satisfaction with Internships

Survey of American College Students: Satisfaction with Internships

This 75-page study, based on data from 1,140 full time students at 4-year colleges in the United States, furnishes a highly detailed dataset on how many internships American college students are taking, what percentage are paid or unpaid, and how students evaluate the internship experience. Increasingly, college students pinpoint internships as a key factor in employment competitiveness, and this report gives college administrators the statistical firepower to determine just what students think of their internships and how they might better satisfy them. As accreditation agencies, trustees, state government and other influential actors in higher education increasingly focus on outcomes, internships have become a critical part of the higher education experience.


We asked: In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? The typical student had not had any internships but some had had as many as six and the mean was 0.70 per student. Students at doctoral universities with the highest level of research activity had had the most, a mean of 1.01 per full time student enrolled. Students who grew up in major cities with more than 350,000 residents had more than those who grew up elsewhere, a mean of 0.93 vs only about two thirds of this total for those growing up elsewhere.

1.1 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had?
1.2 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by Carnegie class
1.3 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by age of survey participant
1.4 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
1.5 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
1.6 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by college year class standing
1.7 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
1.8 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
1.9 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
1.10 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
1.11 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
1.12 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
1.13 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out for students in public or private colleges
1.14 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
1.15 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
1.16 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant

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