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)|
|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|
|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|
|Live in a specific city/location||8||7||9||7|
|Have a fun summer||4||5||3||6|