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Internships are linked to better employment outcomes for college graduates – but there aren’t enough for students who want them


Education – The Conversation

Internships are hard to obtain due to intense competition and limited supply. Only two out of three internships offer compensation for students at four-year colleges, and 50% of internships are unpaid for students at two-year institutions. Paid internships are crucial for students to cover costs and provide legal rights and protections. Internships can make a big difference in students’ academic development and future career outcomes, with over 70% of students reporting gains in key transferable skills. However, the availability of internships is not equal for all students, and structural factors beyond an individual’s control can impact their future success. Approximately 67% and 62% of internships taken by students at four-year and two-year institutions, respectively, can be considered…

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