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Indiana INTERNnet is proud of the two Indiana colleges that made onto the U.S. News’ “10 Colleges With the Highest Rate of Student Internships” list: Holy Cross College and Taylor University. Below is an excerpt from the featured article by Devon Haynie, an education reporter at U.S. News.

It’s a tough job market for recent college graduates.

Of the workers who graduated from college in the past two years, 41 percent say they are underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, according to a 2013 survey from Accenture, a consulting company.

And even with their degrees, nearly 63 percent of recent graduates said they will need more training in order to get the job they want, the survey states.

Faced with this reality, many college students are doing everything they can to be more marketable after graduation.

More often than not, landing an internship is key to that strategy – and rightly so. Employers made full-time offers to 56.5 percent of their interns last year, according to a survey of more than 1,000 employers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers released earlier this year.

“…landing an internship is key to (be more marketable after graduation).”

On average, 37.7 percent of students in the class of 2012 interned at some point in their undergraduate career, according to data reported by the 317 ranked colleges and universities that reported the data in an annual U.S. News survey.

Among the schools with the highest internship participation, an average of 96.5 percent of students held internships. Eight schools, including Bennington CollegeCollege of the Atlantic and Delaware Valley College,reported that 100 percent of their graduates participated in an internship during college.

Below are the schools that produced the largest percentage of interns among the class of 2012. Due to ties there are more than 10 schools on this list.

School name (state) Percent of undergrads graduating with internship experience U.S. News rank and category
Bennington College(VT) 100 100, National Liberal Arts Colleges
College of the Atlantic (ME) 100 93, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Delaware Valley College (PA) 100 22, Regional Colleges (North)
Holy Cross College(IN) 100 RNP*, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Lasell College (MA) 100 25, Regional Colleges (North)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 100 7, Regional Colleges (North)
Wagner College(NY) 100 24, Regional Colleges (North)
William Peace University (NC) 100 RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Burlington College(VT) 94 RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges
American University (DC) 90 75, National Universities
Bentley University(MA) 90 4, Regional Universities (North)
Husson University(ME) 90 RNP, Regional Universities (North)
Taylor University(IN) 90 1, Regional Colleges (Midwest)


*RNP denotes an institution that is ranked in the bottom one-fourth of its rankings category. U.S. News calculates a rank for the school but has decided not to publish it.

About Nour

Nour Sadek is the Marketing and Communications Intern for Indiana INTERNnet for the summer and fall of 2013. After completing her MBA through Anderson University's residential program in 2012, Nour is applying her business knowledge while expanding her marketing skills. Follow her on Twitter (@ns_sadek).
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