The 2014 State of the Internship

What does the internship economy really look like? Do students themselves believe internships are valuable — and do they lead to full-time jobs? These are all big questions, especially for college students weighing internship options.

InternMatch, a LookSharp company, conducted one of the largest internship surveys of all time in order to discover some of the answers. Surveying more than 9,000 students from all over the U.S. and from all walks of life, the state of the internship report gives insight into just what it’s like to be an intern in 2014.

The Journey to a Stellar Internship Program

The journey to a great internship program is never easy. Not only do you have to craft the ideal program that will help to foster the next generation of workers, you also have to consider elements like compensation and what interns are looking to gain during their stint.

While the state of the internship has improved, steering your internship into steady waters can still be rough — especially with the many lawsuits and critiques being brought against companies that don’t pay their interns.

So, how to start your journey towards a stellar internship program? The following infographic, compiled by InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers, showcases the map to better internships.

Do Your Applicants Belong on the Naughty or Nice List?

From the resume traditionalists to the tech-savvy social media junkies, each candidate will bring something unique to the table. The quiz in this infographic will help you decide if your top candidates are the talent you need to help brave the long winter months.

Are these the candidates to spark new ideas and keep the fires of innovation burning in 2013? Or will they turn into a bitter office Scrooge? The infographic below, compiled by Spark Hire, an online video resume and interviewing platform, provides a helpful quiz to let you know if your holiday candidate is a gift or a curse.