SPRING 2010 SURVEY OF CAMPUS CAREER CENTER PROFESSIONALS This is a PREVIEW of the survey. The survey deadline is May 21st 2010. To take the survey, please go to: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AKX7RYKJP 1. How would you characterize internship listings – internship opportunities compiled by or submitted to your institution – for this past year (2009-2010) compared to the internship listings one year ago (for 2008-2009)? decrease no increase over 10% 5-10% 1-4% change 1-4% 5-10% 11-15% over 15% Total internship postings Summer internships Academic year internships Paid internships Unpaid internships Internships at small firms (under 100 employees) Internships at mid-size firms (101-1000 employees) Internships at large corporations (over 1000 employees) Internships posted by alumni Virtual internships 2. How would you assess the internship opportunities for students in various fields and majors this past year (2009-2010) compared to the opportunities a year ago (2008-2009). Far About the Much Worse Worse Same Better Better Overall internship opportunities Summer internships Academic year internships Paid internships Unpaid internships Opportunities for students majoring in Business (accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) Education Engineering Health Care (nursing, allied health, etc.) Computer Science/Information Technology Liberal Arts: social sciences & humanities Liberal Arts: math and science Opportunities for students to intern in Government agencies Small firms (under 100 employees) Mid-sized firms (100-1000 employees) Large firms (over 1000 employees) Not-for-profit organizations Student expectations about internship opportunities © Internships.com, 2010 Internships.com: Spring 2010 Survey of Career Center Professionals page 2 3. What’s your expectation about internship opportunities for students at your institution for next year (2010- 11) compared to the current year (2009-10) Far About the Much Worse Worse Same Better Better Overall internship opportunities Summer internships Academic year internships Paid internships Unpaid internships Opportunities for students majoring in Business (accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) Education Engineering Health Care (nursing, allied health, etc.) Computer Science/Information technology Liberal Arts: social sciences & humanities Liberal Arts: math and science Opportunities for students to intern in Government agencies Small firms (under 100 employees) Mid-sized firms (100-1000 employees) Large firms (over 1000 employees) Not-for-profit organizations 4. Earlier this year the Department of Labor (DOL) publically clarified and re-iterated the legal guidelines regarding unpaid internships. What’s your view on these requirements: are they realistic or unrealistic requirements for students and for the firms sponsoring internship opportunities? unrealistic realistic requirement requirement The training, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be given in a vocational school. The training is for the benefit of the student. The student does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee. The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student. Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded by the training. The student is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period. The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent training. The DOL requirement that ALL SIX conditions listed above must be met for an unpaid internship 5. As you think about the issues that affect the decisions of small and mid-sized firms to sponsor internship opportunities for college students, which issues below provide an incentive for small and mid-size firms to offer internships? No Big Incentive Incentive Bring new talent/perspectives to the industry/field Internships.com: Spring 2010 Survey of Career Center Professionals page 3 Bring new talent/perspectives to the company Find/recruit new talent for short-term projects Find/recruit prospective employees Opportunity to give back to the local community Inexpensive source of short-term labor/talent Improve the culture of the firm 6. As you think about the issues that affect the decisions of small and mid-sized firms to offer internship opportunities to college students, which issues below serve as disincentives for small and mid-size firms to sponsor internship opportunities? No Big Disincentive Disincentive Recruitment costs involved in finding/evaluating interns Training costs: time commitment from other personnel Training resources for interns (manuals, etc) Supervising interns Legal issues: uncertainty about regulations governing internships Absence of a formal internship program Managing HR issues Absence of clear benefit for engaging interns 7. What impact, if any, has the recent media coverage about unpaid internships had on employer queries and internship listings at your college or university? Response options: =strongly disagree =disagree =no impact =agree =strongly agree SD D N A SA Employers have called to ask for information about the DOL guidelines Employers have withdrawn listings for unpaid internships Employers have converted unpaid internships into paid internships Employers have asked for information about providing academic credit for internship opportunities 8. What’s your perspective on the issues below? Response options: =strongly disagree =disagree =Agree =Strongly Agree SD D A SA Students at my institution are far more interested in having an internship experience than their peers just five years ago. We are increasing our efforts to engage alumni in our internship programs We are increasing our efforts to encourage small and mid-sized firms to sponsor internship opportunities for our students Employers generally favor students who have had internship experiences over similar job candidates with no internship experience Students who graduate without an internship experience are at a competitive disadvantage in the current the labor market The recent media coverage about unpaid internships has no impact on employers who list internship opportunities at my institution The Dept. of Labor guidelines for unpaid internships provide a useful set of guidelines for firms that hire interns The Dept. of Labor Guidelines for unpaid internships will lead many firms to change their policies for unpaid internships The recent media coverage about unpaid internships has had no impact on employers who list internships with my institution Internships.com: Spring 2010 Survey of Career Center Professionals page 4 9. Which of the position titles listed below best describes your role at your institution? (select only one) Director of Career Services / Career Center Associate or Assistant Director of Career Services / Career Center Director/coordinator of Internship Services Career counselor Faculty member Other__________________________(If select other – please fill in the blank of position) Are you the campus official who has primary responsibility for internship resources and services at your institution? no yes 10. Please provide a little information about your institution: CAMPUS NAME: STATE: |____|____| CAMPUS CONTROL: Public Private For-Profit CAMPUS TYPE: Research University Masters Baccalaureate Community College Your email address, which we need to send you a copy of the survey report – and also to let you know if your campus won the $1000 grant for participating in the survey! Would you like to provide additional comments on any of these issues? If so, please use the hotlink below to send us email: email@example.com THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE The results of the survey will be released early in June. Internships.com will send you a copy of the survey report if you complete the questionnaire and provide your email address.
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