1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers
2 2 Internship & Co-op Survey Report National Association of Colleges and Employers ABOUT THE SURVEY NACE s 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey was conducted from November 15, 2012, to February 1, The survey was sent to 1,060 NACE employer members: 306 organizations, or 28.9 percent, took part. More than 20 industries are represented. By region, 28.3 percent are from the Northeast, 29.3 percent are from the Southeast, 27.6 percent are from the Midwest, and 14.8 percent are from the West. Where possible, selected data are presented by region and industry. Participating NACE members receive a complimentary copy of the survey report. Customized results of the survey are also available. Participants receive a 50 percent discount on custom reports. For more information, contact Andrea Koncz, NACE Employment Information Manager, 800/ , ext. 121; NACE RESEARCH Edwin Koc, Director of Strategic and Foundation Research Andrea Koncz, Employment Information Manager Anna Longenberger, Research Assistant Melissa Knapp, Research Intern Copyright June 2013 by the National Association of Colleges and Employers ABOUT NACE The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the leading source of information about the employment of the college educated. NACE connects more than 5,200 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, and more than 3,000 HR/staffing professionals focused on college relations and recruiting. The professional association forecasts trends in the job market; conducts research into salaries, professional benchmarks, and best practices related to college recruiting and career services; and provides members with professional development opportunities. For more information, see
3 National Association of Colleges and Employers Internship & Co-op Survey Report 3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Employers responding to the 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey once again reinforce the fact that internships and co-operative education programs are an essential component of their college recruiting programs. Respondents plan to hire more interns and co-ops. Intern hiring will increase by 2.7 percent and co-op hiring will increase by 5.8 percent. More than one-third of respondents total expected new college hires will come from that organization s internship and co-op programs. Although last year s survey showed that more than 40 percent of respondents total new graduate hires came from the employers own internship and co-op programs, this year s figures still represent a significant portion of new recruits originating from these programs. Additional key findings of the survey: HIRING The number of internships is expected to increase by 2.7 percent in o Increases are projected in just two of the four geographic regions. o Just over one quarter of industry types reporting have plans to increase the number of intern hires. The remaining three-quarters have plans to cut their intern hires, with some decreasing their numbers by less than 1 percent and others cutting the number of intern hires in half. Co-op hiring is expected to increase by 5.8 percent in RECRUITING o Only the Midwestern region will decrease their number of co-op hires. o Given the number of limited respondents in several areas, co-op hiring projections by industry should be read with caution. For the most part, however, those industries reporting increases slightly offset those who are reporting decreases. Employers continue to prefer high-touch recruiting methods for recruiting interns and co-ops. o Career fairs and on-campus recruiting comprise more than half of employers recruiting budgets for both interns and co-op students. o Career fairs and on-campus recruiting are rated highest in terms of effectiveness for recruiting interns and co-op students. o Job listings on career services websites place third in effectiveness for recruiting both interns and co-op students. Referrals from current or former interns was deemed fourth most effective for recruiting interns, however, cultivating key faculty contacts falls fourth on the list for co-op students. o Online networking is on the low end of recruiting budgets and effectiveness ratings. For intern and co-op recruiting, only 1 percent of budgets are allocated to this activity, and it is rated lowest on the effectiveness scales in both cases.
4 4 Internship & Co-op Survey Report National Association of Colleges and Employers School selection for recruiting interns and co-op students is based on the top three reasons: o o o the academic majors offered at the institution; the employers past recruiting experiences at the school; and the perceived quality of the programs from which the recruiter will obtain new interns and/or co-op students. (Note: The same three reasons were listed in the same order in last year s survey.) COMPENSATION The average hourly wage rate for interns at the bachelor s degree level is $16.26, an increase of 0.3 percent over last year s wage rate of $ For interns at the master s degree level, the average hourly wage rate is $21.90, down just 0.1 percent from $21.93 reported last year. Class year and academic major show distinct differences in hourly wage rates for interns. o For interns in the freshman class, the hourly pay rate is $14.53 compared to $17.47 for interns who are seniors. o Among majors at the bachelor s degree senior level, the highest pay rates are for engineering students, who earn on average $20.36 per hour. The pay rates for co-op students follow the same pattern as for interns. The average hourly wage for a bachelor s degree co-op is $16.23, compared to the average hourly wage of $20.58 for a co-op at the master s degree level. Just over 80 percent of respondents have plans to offer some type of benefits to their interns, with almost threequarters having plans to offer benefits to co-ops. The most popular benefits continue to be the least expensive, with planned social activities, paid holidays, and recognition for work service time topping the lists. Relocation assistance is offered to interns by approximately 54 percent of respondents, and 47 percent of respondents offer relocation assistance to co-op students. o The most popular forms of relocation assistance for both interns and co-ops are housing stipends and moving allowances. o The median dollar value of the relocation assistance is slightly higher this year for interns at $1,650, but it remains the same as 2012, at $1,500, for co-ops. CONVERSION AND RETENTION The conversion rate for interns dropped this year to 48.4 percent. The conversion rate in last year s survey was an all-time high of 58.6 percent. Contributing to the decline in the conversion rate is the fact that employers made full-time offers to 56.5 percent of their interns, compared to more than 60 percent last year. While fewer offers were made, the acceptance rate remained almost unchanged, going from 86.5 percent last year to 85.6 percent this year. The conversion rate for co-op students bumped up slightly from 35.9 percent in 2012 to 36.9 percent in 2013.
5 National Association of Colleges and Employers Internship & Co-op Survey Report 5 The rate at which employers made full-time offers to their co-op students rose dramatically by 10 percent this year, increasing from 38.8 percent to 48.8 percent. And, even though co-op students accepted offers at a lower rate, 75.5 percent this year compared to 89.8 percent last year, the overall conversion rate increased accordingly. The retention rates of full-time hires who came from an employers own internship/co-op program are higher than the rates of those hires that either completed an internship/co-op with another employer or completed no internship/co-op at all. o Respondents who hired interns/co-op students from their own programs retained 88.9 percent of these hires after one year. And, for those hires with no internship/co-op experience at all, slightly less than 80 percent were retained. o After five years, the retention rates are lower in both cases, with 72.9 percent of hires coming from an organization s own internship/co-op programs being retained, and 66.4 percent of hires retained with no internship/co-op experience. Get the Full Report See intern-co-op-survey/ for details about how to order.
6 6 Internship & Co-op Survey Report National Association of Colleges and Employers APPENDIX SURVEY RESPONDENTS Of the 306 participants in the survey, 235 agreed to be identified. The following is a listing of those participants. ADP C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC General Electric Company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Dick s Sporting Goods Genworth Financial Agilent Technologies, Inc. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. Akamai Alcatel-Lucent Ally Financial American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies Amgen Inc. Applied Materials Inc. ARAMARK ArcelorMittal USA Arup & Partners Ascend Performance Materials Bank of America Bankers Life & Casualty Co. BASF Corporation Battelle Memorial Institute Bayer Business & Technology Services Bechtel Bettis, Inc. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Blackbaud, Inc. Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. Inc. California ISO Campbell Soup Company Carpenter Technology Corporation CGI Federal CH2M HILL Champion Technologies Chevron Corporation Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Citrix Systems, Inc. City Furniture Clever Devices Cliffs Natural Resources CNA Comcast Corporation ConAgra Foods, Inc. ConocoPhillips Constellation Brands Consumers Energy Co. Continental AG Country Insurance & Financial Services Crestron Electronics Cummins Inc. Dallas Central Appraisal District Daymon Worldwide Discover Financial Services Dominion Enterprises Duff & Phelps LLC Duke Energy Corporation dunnhumbyusa DuPont Dynetics Inc. ebay Inc. Ecolab Inc. Embassy of Australia Emerson Process Management Lllp Entergy Services, Inc. Epsilon Ernst & Young LLP Farmland Foods Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Federal-Mogul Corporation FirstEnergy Corporation FMC Corporation Foster Wheeler AG Freddie Mac Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market GAF Corporation GAP Inc. Georgia Tech Research Institute Grande Cheese Company Great River Energy GROWMARK, Inc. GuideStone Financial Resources Hajoca Corporation Hazen and Sawyer P.C. HCL America, Inc. Hitachi Consulting HNTB Companies Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Huntington Bank Huntington Ingalls Industries IBM Corporation ICF International INEOS International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Invensys Inc. Itron JPMorgan Chase & Company Kearney & Company Kennedy & Coe LLC Koch Industries, Inc. KPMG LLP Bushnell Outdoor Products Dell, Inc. General Dynamics C4 Systems Lend Lease Inc.
7 National Association of Colleges and Employers Internship & Co-op Survey Report 7 Lennox International Inc. Novo Nordisk Inc. Sandia National Laboratories The Schwan Food Company Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, Inc. LyondellBasell Industries Macy s, Inc. Marsh Inc. Mattress Firm Maximus Mayo Clinic McKesson Corporation Mercer Merck & Co., Inc. Meritor Inc. Michelin North America Micron Technology, Inc. Milliken & Company Modern Woodmen of America Moen Incorporated Murphy Oil USA, Inc. Mylan, Inc. NASA - Johnson Space Center Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren Nestle USA NetApp NEW Customer Services Company Newell Rubbermaid Newmont Mining Corporation Nexen, Inc. NiSource Northern Tier Energy Northrop Grumman Corporation OCC Olympus Corporation of the Americas Pacific Gas and Electric Company Panduit Corp. Pariveda Solutions Inc. Parsons Partnership for Public Service Phillips 66 Plexus Corp. Polaris Industries, Inc. PPL Corporation Praxair, Inc. Premier Inc. Printpack Inc. Procter & Gamble Co. Progressive Insurance Protiviti Inc. Prudential Raytheon Company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Resurgent Capital Services Return Path, Inc. Rhodia Inc. Robert Bosch LLC Rockwell Collins ROHM Semiconductor USA, LLC Rolls-Royce Corporation Rosetta Ross Stores Inc. rue21 San Diego Gas & Electric Co. Sasol North America Inc. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Save-A-Lot SCA Americas Schaeffler Group USA Inc. Schlumberger Oilfield Services Schneider Electric Seagate Technology Shawmut Design and Construction Siemens Corporation Southern California Edison Co. Southwest Airlines Co. Southwestern Company Speedway LLC Sprint Nextel State Farm Insurance Cos. State Street Corporation Stryker Corporation SWIFT Takata TASC Tenaris USA Tennessee Valley Authority Teradata Corporation Texas Instruments Incorporated The Boeing Company The Conti Group The Hanover Insurance Group The Lubrizol Corporation The MathWorks Inc. The Rehmann Group The Shaw Group Inc. The Vanguard Group The Williams Companies Thurgood Marshall College Fund TIC-The Industrial Company Tindall Corporation Towers Watson Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Toys R Us, Inc. Transamerica TTX Company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Turner Construction Company U.S. Air Force U.S. Comptroller of the Currency U.S. Postal Service United Services Automobile Association United Water Valero Energy Corporation Victaulic Company of America VistaPrint USA, Inc. W.W. Grainger, Inc. WellPoint, Inc. Westinghouse Electric Company Woolpert LLP WPX Energy Zachry Zappos.com
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