10 Colleges Where Students can Get Internships

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U.S. News data show more than 94 percent of graduates in these schools had internships.

Interning at a college makes student can be a humbling experience,  but it can also be lucrative in the long run. Many interns spend their days answering phones, making coffee or organizing files, but these temporary jobs can lead to full-time employment after graduation.

In 2015, more than 56 percent of students, who participated in an internship or co-op had received at least one job offer by April, according to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. And only 36.5 percent of undergrads didn’t have an internship or co-op experience that had received at least one job offer.

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In all, 8 out of the 324 colleges and universities that submitted data to U.S. News in an annual survey reported that 100 percent of their 2014 graduates had internship experience. Among all schools, the average was 40 percent.

Most of the schools on the top 10 list are Regional Colleges, which focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than half of their degrees in fields of liberal arts, or Regional Universities, which offer a range of undergrad programs, some master’s programs and few doctoral programs.

Below is the list of the 10 schools where the highest percentage of 2014 graduates which completed an internship. Unranked schools were not considered for this report which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked.

School name (state) Percent of undergrads graduating with internship experience U.S. News rank and category
Bennington College (VT) 100 93 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
College of the Atlantic (ME) 100 82 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (PA) 100 RNP*, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Iowa Wesleyan College 100 69 (tie), Regional Colleges (Midwest)
Sterling College (KS) 100 60 (tie), Regional Colleges (Midwest)
Wagner College (NY) 100 26 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Wells College (NY) 100 136 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Wheelock College (MA) 100 92 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
Husson University (ME) 95 RNP, Regional Universities (North)
Indiana Wesleyan University 94 30 (tie), Regional Universities (Midwest)

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

If you don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find internship data, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions through U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed approximately 1,800 colleges and universities for 2015 undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported 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 CollegesBest Graduate Schools or Best Online Programs. The internship data above are correct in March 8, 2016.

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