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10 Colleges Where Students Usually Get Internships


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Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicates that college students with paid internships or co-ops are more likely to be employed upon graduation and generally receive higher entry-level salaries than their peers without such experience.

However, NACE research casts doubt on whether unpaid internships increase employment chances or boost starting salaries, and critics argue that unpaid experiences are a way of exploiting ambitious young people.

In general, proponents of internships say they help students develop technical skills that complement their academic and theoretical knowledge and demonstrate their readiness to join the workforce.

At some colleges, the vast majority of students complete either a paid or unpaid internship before they graduate, while at others, only a minority of students do so. Among the 311 ranked colleges that reported these data to U.S. News in an annual survey, the average proportion of graduating seniors with internship experience was around 42 percent.

At each of the 10 schools where internships were most common among students, more than 95 percent of graduating seniors in 2016 had internship experience.

However, at each of the 10 schools where internships were least popular, less than 5 percent of graduating seniors had internship experience.

There were six ranked colleges where 100 percent of graduating seniors had internships and three colleges where only 1 percent of students did.

Among the 10 ranked schools with the highest internship attainment, six are Regional Universities, which are schools that offer a wide range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs. The remaining four schools are National Liberal Arts Colleges, which are those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

Below is a list of the 10 colleges where graduating seniors in the class of 2016 were most likely to have internship experience. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

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U.S. News rank and category

College of the Atlantic (ME)   100   93 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Delaware Valley University (PA)   100   126 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Elmira College (NY)   100   165 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Endicott College (MA)   100   34 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Lasell College (MA)   100   130 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Wheelock College (MA)   100   97 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Drake University (IA)   98   3, Regional Universities (Midwest)
Mount Holyoke College (MA)   97   36 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Bay Path University (MA)   96   102 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Franklin College (IN)   96   147 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges

U.S. News surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2017 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The internship data above are correct as of Jan. 16, 2018.

Rizwan Ahmed
Rizwan Ahmed
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