Data from Internships.com Reflects Increased, and More Competitive, Demand For Summer 2011 Internships

Burbank, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2010

Internships.com, the web’s largest internship database, today revealed data that illustrates the early and increased demand for summer 2011 internships, particularly in light of a tougher job market for college students and recent graduates.

As the U.S. economy continues to reflect a challenging job market for the public at large, it’s even worse for younger people. In August 2010, the unemployment rate for 20-24 year olds was 17.9%, nearly double the average of the U.S. for that month (9.5%), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Because of this, internships are more important than ever as a means to gaining work experience and helping graduates get a job. Consequently, the competition for internships has become fiercer and based on our site statistics, we know that students are looking for summer internships earlier and earlier. In October 2010, Internships.com saw a significant increase in activity, with students actively searching for summer 2011 internships, as well as for employers posting their open internships for summer 2011.

  •     Of all internship search queries by students on our site, the percent of queries containing “summer” increased by 37% from September to October
  •     Of all internship openings posted by employers on our site, the percent of openings for Summer 2011 almost tripled from September to October

Other external data reflects an even earlier demand for summer internships. According to Google Insights, Google search queries for “summer 2010 internships” began in June 2009. In comparison, Google search queries for “summer 2011 internships” began in May 2010 – a full month earlier than the previous year.

“The data is clear – students understand that internships undoubtedly enhance their employment prospects post-college,” stated Robin Richards, CEO of Internships.com. “Early searches for next summers’ internships show they recognize the importance of internships in gaining relevant experience to help set them apart from other applicants.”

About Internships.com:

Internships.com, the web’s largest internship database, serves as the leading nexus between internships and students, higher education and employers. At Internships.com we develop world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize the work opportunities of the future. Internships.com is based in Los Angeles, California. More information is available at http://www.internships.com. Follow Internships.com at http://www.twitter.com/internships or at http://www.facebook.com/internships.com for tips on finding internships, hot internship listings, and internship advice.

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