Nearly 45% of Employers Likely to Hire Interns Full Time

August 15, 2007 ( - Nearly 45% of employers say they would likely hire college interns as full-time, permanent employees, according to a recent survey.

The survey of about 2,400 hiring managers and human resource professionals found that 36% of hiring managers who offer internships say their positions are paid and 14% say they have both paid and unpaid positions.

More than 60% of managers say they are hiring college students or recent college graduates for internship positions in the fall. Eighty-four percent of hiring managers say they will begin hiring college interns for the fall between June and September.

Other survey results include:

  • 35% of employers say the biggest mistake college interns make that would cause them not to hire the intern permanently is not showing enthusiasm for the job.
  • One in five employers say not going above and beyond the assigned task would be the biggest mistake a college intern can make.
  • 13% of employers say arriving late to work is the biggest mistake college interns make.