35 Internship Statistics 2024: Data, Case Studies & Trends

35 Internship Statistics 2024: Data, Case Studies & Trends

Here are 35 internship statistics and facts, carefully chosen from various case studies, datasets, and trends data.

General Internship Statistics

  • Since 2013, 60% of students have participated in internships or co-op programs (Chegg, 2019)
  • Over 50% of students undergo multiple internships (Chegg, 2019)
  • 31% of student interns start their internships after graduating from college (Chegg, 2019)
  • Corporate intern recruitment begins eight months before the internship starts (National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2019)
  • Approximately 300,000 students participate in internships in the United States annually (Fast Company, 2019)

2. Internship Completion Rates

Internship & COVID-19 Statistics

1. Impact of COVID-19 on Internship Programs

2. Impact on Internship Importance

  • 46.2% of students see internships as more important due to the pandemic, while 21% view them as less important (Remote Internships, 2020)
  • 32.7% of students state that the pandemic did not affect the importance of internships (Remote Internships, 2020)
  • 21% of students believe that the pandemic has rendered internships less important (Remote Internships, 2020)

Virtual Internships During the Pandemic Statistics

1. Adoption and Preferences

  • 40% of businesses shifted to virtual internships during the pandemic (CNBC, 2020)
  • 84% of students expressed willingness to participate in remote internships (HR DIVE, 2010)
  • 67% of students who participated in virtual internships desired daily check-ins with managers (Yello, 2020)

2. Concerns and Preferences

  • 22% of virtual interns were worried about the quality of their experience (Yello, 2020)
  • 12% of virtual interns expressed concern about proving their readiness for full-time roles (Yello, 2020)
  • 4% of virtual interns were relieved that they didn’t need to travel due to the pandemic (Yello, 2020)

3. Communication Preferences

  • 40% of virtual interns preferred 5- to 10-minute check-ins with hiring managers (Yello, 2020)
  • 30% of virtual interns preferred weekly, 30- to 60-minute check-ins with managers (TechRepublic, 2020)
  • 30% of virtual interns preferred weekly video conferencing with managers (Yello, 2020)

Internship Pay & Benefits Statistics

1. Compensation and Benefits

2. Internship Compensation and Success Rates

Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Statistics

1. Representation

2. Inclusivity


Internships play a vital role in shaping students’ professional journeys, enriching their skill sets, and boosting their employability. The landscape of internships has transformed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a surge in virtual internship opportunities.

Businesses are actively adjusting to this new norm, focusing on ensuring the quality of virtual experiences and aligning with interns’ communication preferences.

Despite the resilience demonstrated by internship programs in the face of challenges, there remains a pressing need to prioritize inclusivity and diversity within these platforms. 

By actively working towards enhancing representation and fostering inclusivity, not only do individual interns benefit, but industries as a whole stand to gain from increased growth and innovation.

In essence, successfully navigating the internship terrain requires acknowledging and adapting to evolving trends, while also creating an environment that fosters meaningful and inclusive experiences for all interns.