Internship Development

Today's number one strategy for recruiting high-quality graduates is to develop and retain talent through internships.  

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in the professional fields they are considering for career paths and gives employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Read NACE Position Statement on U.S. Internships

The Career Engagement Office can help you in the following ways:

  • Determine if the experience your organization offer qualifies as an internship
  • Work with you to design an internship program using the required criteria
  • Review your position descriptions
  • Help you effectively promote these opportunities to our students

Internship Program Development

National Member Organization

NACE can offer excellent assistance and resources when establishing or refining your program:

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
62 Highland Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18017-9085
610-868-0208 Fax

Contact Carol Lwali, Director of Career Engagement, at, with questions or to set up a meeting to discuss your internship program development.

By the Numbers

Paid Internships

Average hourly wage for an intern 

Intern to Employee

Average conversion rate from intern to full-time hire


Average time from interview to offer

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The reports explore key aspects of employers’ internship and co-op programs, including how programs are structured, hiring projections, conversion, retention, recruiting strategies, and compensation.