In Focus: National Intern Day Celebrates Country’s Interns

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer July 27, 2017

Enterprise companies across the nation are recognizing their hardworking interns July 27 by celebrating National Intern Day.

Employers such as American Express, Under Armour, Unilever, EY and L'Oréal, among others are partnering with WayUp, a career platform for students and recent grads, to recognize interns on National Intern Day. As a part of the celebration, awards for the best interns and internship programs will be announced by WayUp.

"Internships are a critical step on the path to landing a job after graduation, and launching a successful career," said Liz Wessel, CEO and co-founder of WayUp. "Despite the stereotypes, internships are not about fetching coffee and making copies. Interns are vital contributors to the organizations that they work for, so we wanted to create a single day that puts them in the spotlight."

[SHRM members-only toolkit: Employing Interns]

More Interns Are Paid, but Lower Than Previously

Average pay for college interns climbed to $18.06 per hour this year, but that is less than their predecessors earned in 2010, when wages are adjusted for inflation, according to a survey released from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

(Wall Street Journal)

Where Are the Highest-Paying Internships?

Internships at major tech companies are among the most lucrative, according to a list of the 25 highest paying internships in America by jobs site Glassdoor.


To Pay or Not to Pay Interns

Employers may want to offer internships without compensation, but is it legal? When developing an unpaid internship program and related policies, employers should ensure they're in compliance with federal, state and local laws that govern whether their program participants truly are interns.

(SHRM Online)

Employers Expect More from Interns

Employers are looking to hire interns ready for work on Day 1, with specific job skills already in hand, according to new data from Burning Glass Technologies. Business operations is the largest single category of posted internships, cited in 27 percent of postings. The most in-demand skills for those postings were project management, business administration, scheduling, customer service and economics. Nearly three-quarters of postings ask for skills related to a specific industry such as marketing, engineering or IT. But the top crossover skill is project management, the data shows.

(SHRM Online)

How to Manage an Effective Internship Program  

Internships are a great way for students to get real-world experience in a particular career and for employers to scope out potential new hires upon graduation. But when they are not well planned, they won't be successful for the interns or the employer.

(SHRM Online)

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