OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Making the jump from college to career can be intimidating for most students. Internships are an opportunity for these students to see what they can expect post-graduation.
However, the workforce changed drastically after the pandemic hit, leaving many interns behind.
“Those internships that were about to happen, last year they were in limbo,” said Joe Hayes, with UNO’s Academic & Career Development Center. “Many did not happen, many rescinded, many went to virtual.”
A National Association of Colleges and Employers survey done last April found over half of employers planned to go virtual with their internships. While a quarter planned to reduce the number of interest brought in.
But, this year Hayes says things are looking up.
“We saw almost record-high numbers of employers that were participating in our events this spring,” Hayes said. “So hopefully that translates into record numbers of hires as well.”
Intern hiring is projected to be down only half a percent this year. Employers are also projected to hire 7% more college graduates.
Many internships will be virtual or a hybrid of virtual and in-person in 2021.
“A real benefit for internships now is that they can be remote so that students can continue to get this experiential learning that they may not have had otherwise,” Hayes said. “Students doing these internships, I think they are only separating themselves from the rest by getting connected early.”