Posted September 19, 2014 by

Hiring for Internships Drops 3.4%

National Association of Colleges and Employers logoCompetition for internships may become that much tougher, as some employers are reducing their hires for these positions.  Learn more in the following post.

While employers plan to hire 1.3% more bachelor’s-degree level interns in 2014 than they did a year ago, overall intern hiring will fall 3.4% in 2014 from last year, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey found that nearly 97% of responding employers plan to hire interns during 2014. However, despite the increase at the bachelor’s-degree level, cutbacks in internships among associate, master’s, and doctoral-degree students account for the overall drop.

Still, employers in several industries do plan to hire significantly more interns in 2014, including those in miscellaneous professional services; accounting services; retail trade; food and beverage manufacturing; information; and finance, insurance, and real estate.

Figure 2: Intern hiring, 2013 vs. 2014, by degree level

Degree level

# of 2012-13 Hires

# of 2013-14 Hires

% Change

Overall

27,576

26,647

-3.4%

Associate

510

382

-25.1%

Bachelor’s

21,506

21,776

1.3%

Master’s

4,450

4010

-9.9%

Ph.D.

1,110

479

-56.9%

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