Universum asked 65,679 undergraduates in the US to choose the top three things they would most like to get from an internship. As Forbes reported, more than half (51%) of the undergrads surveyed said that they would foremost like an opportunity for full-time employment. Thereafter, undergraduates want job orientation and training (42%), a good employer reference (29%), challenging assignments (20%) and flexible working conditions (19%).
Vicki Lynn, senior vice president of client talent strategy and employer branding at Universum, pointed out to Forbes that it’s totally normal for students to be asking for an eventual job opportunity, taking into consideration the current economic climate in the US. Lynn emphasized to the reporter, however, how valuable insights are on what students want from an internship, especially for organizations that are investing in internship programs as an important channel for sourcing future employees.
Lynn addressed the important factors that employers need to consider when defining their internship programs.
In conclusion, undergraduates seek meaningful internships that lead to full-time employment offers; they want to be challenged, receive guidance and support in their career growth. Employers, on their side, should work with their internship programs as a key sourcing channel and measure the conversion from intern to full-time hire. There is a great deal that can be achieved for both students and organizations if the internship placement is done in the right way from the start.
Smith, Jacquelyn (2014). Internship Wish List: The 12 Things Students Value Most. Forbes. [Online] Available from: www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2014/01/08/internship-wish-list-the-12-things-students-value-most/ [Accessed on 14 January 2014]