Orientation Segment of the Internship Needs Most Work

April 27, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.COM) - Interns don't feel like they get enough training upfront, according to a recent survey of 6,200 students on behalf of Intern Bridge Inc.

The survey – conducted jointly by Babson College and the Northeast Human Resources Association, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) – found that the top three reasons students want internships are: to get real work experience, building their resumes and learning new skills.

The survey also found that the aspect of the internship that could use the most work is the orientation process, with 45% of respondents reporting that was the case and 30% saying they were not given adequate training when they started.

Accounting, finance and banking internships rank as the highest paid internships by industry, with accounting majors earning an average of $15.38 per hour and banking and finance internships paying an average of $17.31 an hour.

About 32% of respondents say their supervisor didn’t always provide an adequate explanation about the task the interns were supposed to do and 20% say supervisors’ requests were unrealistic.

Respondents listed free or subsidized parking as the most common benefit they get in an internship, followed by discounted merchandise or services, among other perks.

The complete report is here.