the headline "Interns Get A Head Start In Competition For Jobs," the
Wall Street Journal (5/16, Light,
Subscription Publication) reports that more and more entry-level positions are
being filled by people who formerly interned with the companies advertising the
openings. According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges
and Employers (NACE), the percentage has risen from 30% in 2005 to 40% last
year. At some companies that number is even higher, although experts say in some
cases the percentage is skewed by slower overall hiring. Still, they add, the
finding emphasizes the growing importance of internships to students'
post-education job prospects.
The Record (NJ) (5/15, Macinnes) reported
NACE "last month reported that responding companies converted, on average,
nearly 58 percent of their interns into full-time hires, up from two years ago,
when businesses converted 53 percent of their internships." And while the job
outlook is brightening, competition remains fierce, which is leading some
students to begin "their internships and work experience earlier - forgoing
vacation plans even as early as freshman year."