Intern Hiring Looks Promising for 2006

September 14, 2006 ( - It is a good time to be a college intern, particularly if you are interested in returning full-time after graduation.

Just under 60% of hiring managers answering a recent survey said they plan to hire top-performing college interns through the end of 2006, while 36% say they will give those interns a salary bump over 2005 compensation levels.

A news release from, a division of job placement site, said 83% of responding companies reported paying their interns, with nearly four in 10 (37%) offering $10 per hour.

“Internships offer college students a great alternative to part-time jobs,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for, a college-oriented job site, in the news release. “The key is to treat your internship search with the same professionalism that you would if you were looking for full-time employment.”

The survey, “Intern Hiring,” was conducted from June 6 to June 16, 2006. Methodology used to collect survey responses totaling more than 1,000 hiring managers for this study involved selecting a random sample of comScore Networks panel members.