Survey of American College Students, Satisfaction with Internships

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  • Report
  • 75 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This 75-page study, based on data from 1,140 full time students at 4-year colleges in the United States, furnishes a highly detailed dataset on how many internships American college students are taking, what percentage are paid or unpaid, and how students evaluate the internship experience.  Increasingly, college students pinpoint internships as a key factor in employment competitiveness, and this report gives college administrators the statistical firepower to determine just what students think of their internships and how they might better satisfy them.  As accreditation agencies, trustees, state government and other influential actors in higher education increasingly focus on outcomes, internships have become a critical part of the higher education experience.

The report gives detailed and separate data on what students think of their internship remuneration (if any), how much they enjoyed the internship experience, how much they think it helped them to develop valuable contacts and how they feel that their internship experiences will be viewed by future potential employers.

Data in the report is broken out by sixteen variables including but not limited to year of student class standing, age, gender, general academic subject major or intended major, SAT/ACT scores, college grades, public or private college, type of college by general Carnegie class and many other characteristics.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Students in their senior year had had a mean college-career total of 1.28 internships per student.
  • For all students in the sample, students from private colleges had considerably more total internships than those from public colleges, a mean of 0.86 vs. 0.59.
  • By a ratio of 5:1 those in the A and B grade ranges were happier than those in the C grade range with the level of compensation provided by their internships.
  • Men were more likely than women to have paid internships; for men, 26.99% had paid internships while 23.91% had unpaid internships.  For women, 0nly 18.49% had paid internships and 26.99%, unpaid ones.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Number of Internships per Student   
Overall Student Satisfaction with the Usefulness of Internships for Making Useful Work Contacts   
Overall Student Satisfaction with the Level of Compensation of their Internships   
Overall Student Satisfaction with the Usefulness of Internships for Helping Students to Clarify Career Goals   
Overall Student Satisfaction with the Usefulness of their Internships for the Field that they Intend to Enter   
Overall Level of Student Enjoyment of their Internships   
Percentage of Internships that are Paid vs. Unpaid   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had?   
Table 1.2 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 1.3 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.4 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 1.5 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 1.6 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 1.7 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 1.8 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 1.12 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.13 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 1.14 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 1.15 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 1.16 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 1.17 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 1.18 In the course of your college career up to this point, how many internships have you had? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 2 In general how satisfied have you been with the college internship experience?   
Table 2.1.1 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment?   
Table 2.1.2 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 2.1.3 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.1.4 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.1.5 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.6 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.1.7 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.1.8 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.9 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.10 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.11 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.12 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.13 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.1.14 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.15 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.16 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.17 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.1.18 How would you characterize your internship experience on its help to you in making useful contacts for future employment? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 2.2.1 In general, how have you satisfied with Salary/Other Remuneration?   
Table 2.2.2 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 2.2.3 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.2.4 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.2.5 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.6 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.2.7 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.2.8 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.9 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.10 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.11 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.12 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.13 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.2.14 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.15 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.16 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.17 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.2.18 How would you characterize the level of compensation/remuneration of you current or last internship? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 2.3.1 In general, how have you satisfied with Help in Identifying Your Goals?   
Table 2.3.2 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 2.3.3 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.3.4 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.3.5 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.6 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.3.7 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.3.8 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.9 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.10 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.11 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.12 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.13 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.3.14 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.15 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.16 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.17 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.3.18 How do you characterize your internship experiences for the extent to which they helped you identify your career goals? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 2.4.1 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship?   
Table 2.4.2 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 2.4.3 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.4.4 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.4.5 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.6 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.4.7 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.4.8 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.9 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.10 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.11 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.12 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.13 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.4.14 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.15 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.16 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.17 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.4.18 How would you characterize your enjoyment of your current or last internship? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 3.1 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter?   
Table 3.2 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 3.3 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.4 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 3.5 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 3.6 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 3.7 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 3.8 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 3.12 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.13 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 3.14 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 3.15 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 3.16 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 3.17 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 3.18 About how valuable are internships in the field that you intend to enter? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?   
Table 4.1 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid?   
Table 4.2 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by Carnegie class:   
Table 4.3 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 4.4 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 4.5 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 4.6 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 4.7 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 4.8 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 4.9 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 4.10 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 4.11 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 4.12 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.13 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 4.14 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 4.15 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 4.16 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 4.17 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 4.18 Your current (or last Internship if you have not had one at your current college) was paid or unpaid? Broken out by Which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?

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