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The College Intership Study

The College Internship Study


Announcing a New National Study on Internships!

CCWT is excited to announce a new national study on internships that will focus on online internships and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and protests against anti-Black violence on college students’ experiences. CCWT will be conducting a two-phase pilot study in the Fall of 2020 and Spring of 2021 as we expand the capacity of this project to serve a national audience. The first pilot study is currently underway with 20 institutions. If you’re interested in participating in the second pilot study in the Spring of 2021, which will include approximately 40 colleges and universities, please contact CCWT Program Manager Amy Rivera.


Work-based learning opportunities such as internships are currently one of the most influential ideas in public higher education and workforce development policy around the world.

The College Internships Study flyer PDF

But what do we really know about internships and their impacts on student outcomes such as wages, employment status, and career satisfaction? Do internships – especially those that are unpaid – serve to reproduce inequality by limiting these “high-impact” practices to those with ample and officially sanctioned forms of financial, cultural and social capital?

The College Internship Study aims to document the effects of internship participation and program characteristics on student outcomes such as college completion, employment and earnings, and career adaptability. The Study includes an online survey administered to all students nearing graduation, focus groups with students, and interviews with career services and area employers. A customized technical report will be compiled for each campus that will include actionable recommendations for how each campus can improve its internship programs, as well as a searchable online data dashboard. Within months, CCWT will prepare a technical report for each institution

The first round of this study launched in April 2018 at three institutions: a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina, a technical college in Wisconsin, and a 4-year comprehensive university in Wisconsin, and there are currently 17 postsecondary institutions involved in the study supported by generous funding from the National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Participating institutions include HBCUs, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), community colleges, and comprehensive universities in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and several other states.

If you are interested in joining the study, please contact CCWT Program Manager Amy Rivera at: arivera3@wisc.edu.

The College Internship Study flyer PDF

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