• Employers Hiring More Bachelor’s Degree-Level Students for Internships and Co-ops

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    April 16, 2014

    Employers plan to hire 1.3 percent more bachelor’s degree-level interns and 3.3 percent more students at the bachelor’s degree-level for co-ops in 2014, according to results of NACE’s 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey.

    Nearly 97 percent of employers plan to hire interns and/or co-ops during 2014. Although this percentage is unchanged from previous years, these employers, overall, expect to hire 3.4 percent fewer interns and 4.4 percent more co-ops in 2014. (See Figure 1.)

    For interns, the projected decrease applies to associate, master’s, and doctoral degree-level students. (See Figure 2.)

    Meanwhile, employers hiring for co-ops indicated that they will hire the same number of students at the associate level, and more students at all other degree levels. (See Figure 3.)

    NACE’s 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey was conducted from November 18, 2013, through January 24, 2014. The survey was sent to 1,116 NACE employer members: 264, or 23.7 percent, took part. The survey report is available at www.naceweb.org/surveys/internship-co-op.aspx.

    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%

    Source: 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 3: Co-op hiring, 2013 vs. 2014, by degree level

    Degree level # of 2012-13 Hires # of 2013-14 Hires % Change
    Overall 2,408 2,514 4.4%
    Associate 91 91 0.0%
    Bachelor's 2,239 2,313 3.3%
    Master's 64 93 45.3%
    Ph.D. 14 17 21.4%

    Source: 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers


Employers Hiring More Bachelor’s Degree-Level Students for Internships and Co-ops