NOCHE (The Northeast Ohio Council On Higher Education) recently released a fascinating report called the Internship Market Research study.
In short, the report concluded that:
As a student, you should know that internships provide real world experience which makes you a more desirable candidate for a job and helps you build a network of contacts.
As an employer with an internship program, make your internship meaningful – you might be surprised at the quality of work that “college kids” could do. Also, if you can’t give a salary – provide a stipend to help cover necessities like transportation and food.
As a region, we should know that there is a clear correlation between a student completing an internship, and the likelihood of that student staying in Northeast Ohio.
What are your thoughts about internship programs? Do they add value to a career? Should all college students be required to complete at least one internship before they graduate? Let us know your thoughts.