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What Students Want Out of Internships

Students want to either strengthen a good resume or try out an industry or a job. Other than that, they just want some extra money to meet college expenses.

April 2, 2004
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The list below includes the key reasons why students pursue internships.
This data is from WetFeet Inc.’s Internship Programs Report 2004 .

    Students take on internships to strengthen their resumes (51 percent), try out a new company or industry (46 percent) as well as embark on a challenge (43 percent).

    Money is also a key motivator (38 percent) as is the opportunity to try out a potential employer (35 percent).

    For undergraduates, strengthening the resume figures even more than other interns.

    As far as MBA students, they’re driven by the chance to better understand a company, job or industry (54 percent) while also hoping to strengthening their resume and do interesting work (44 percent each).

  All students Undergrad MBA Other Grad Students (All)
Respondents n=2,161 n=866 n=1,188 n=107
  % % % %
Strengthen my resume 51 60 44 53
Try out a new company/industry/job 46 37 54 22
Do interesting/challenging work 43 42 44 50
Earn money 38 47 30 44
Try out a potential full-time employer 35 24 43 37
Learn new skills 25 30 21 28
Get a full-time job offer from employer 23 12 32 13
Make connections/network 21 30 14 24
Live in a specific city/location 8 7 9 7
Have a fun summer 4 5 3 6
Community service 1 1 1 0

 

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