InternMatch’s New “State of the Internship” Report Finds Disconnect Between Students and Employers

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InternMatch releases comprehensive report highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the current internship market

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The ‘State of the Internship’ report reveals that by focusing on culture, professional experience, and online recruiting tactics, even smaller companies can start hiring the best students.

InternMatch (http://internmatch.com), an online platform that helps students find internships and companies hire talented students, released a comprehensive report on today’s internships trends. What InternMatch found is a fairly wide disconnect between intern candidates and employers.

For instance, while nearly 50 percent of companies attend at least one career fair, only 3.8 percent of students cited career fairs as a helpful resource in landing an internship. And while 42.6 percent of students use Google as a key part of their internship search, many company career pages are not optimized to show up for common student search terms or have outdated content on their career page.

“In 2013, technology has changed student job and internship tactics in some expected ways and some very unexpected ways,” said Nathan Parcells, Chief Marketing Officer at InternMatch. “The goal of this report is to help employers get in front of these changes so they can hire the best students for their company and culture.”

Another area of disconnect is around social media usage in the office. Many employers worry that this is a major issue for students; however, 82.1 percent of students say not being allowed to use their personal social media accounts in the office would not impact their decision to apply.

Instead of logging Facebook time, students would rather work from the local coffee shop or at home in their pajamas at least once a week. However, even with a flexible work schedule being the number one perk students are seeking, 62 percent of employers don’t provide the ability to work even one day a week away from the office.

“Finding great interns does not mean having to offer ridiculously high salaries,” Parcells said. “The ‘State of the Internship’ report reveals that by focusing on culture, professional experience, and online recruiting tactics, even smaller companies can start hiring the best students.”

Check out the full report here: http://employerblog.internmatch.com/state-of-the-internship-2013/.

About InternMatch
Founded in 2009 by Andrew Maguire and Nathan Parcells, InternMatch is a booming online internship platform. Employers can utilize Campus Hubs and other branding efforts to show off company culture, attract the right interns, and promote diversity. While students using the site can take advantage of resume creation tools and tailored searches to find the right internship for their needs. Companies both big and small use InternMatch to find great students every day, including Google, Nestle Purina, and Viacom. For more information, visit http://www.internmatch.com.

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