Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsSpotlight for Recruiting ProfessionalsJune 12, 2013
Since employers report that the main focus of both their experiential education programs is to recruit entry-level college hires, it’s not surprising they say that their interns and co-ops spend most of their work time on meaningful tasks. (See Figure 1.)
Overall, employers responding to NACE’s 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey say that their interns/co-ops spend just 1.9 percent of their time working on non-essential business functions. In addition, 57.9 percent of their work time is spent on a combination of analytical/problem solving (35.9 percent) and/or project management (22 percent) tasks.
The rest of the time is spent on communications (19.1 percent), logistics (12.2 percent), and administrative/clerical tasks (8.9 percent).
Figure 1: Distribution of Intern/Co-op Time
Type of Tasks
Percentage of Time Spent on Them
Source: 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers
NACE’s 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey was conducted from November 15, 2012, to February 1, 2013. A total of 306 NACE-member organizations from more than 20 industries took part. The survey report will be available later this month.
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