Internships are becoming increasingly more important with each new group of college graduates.
Internships allow students to break into their industry of study and gain real-world experience and skills. Internships can also be a direct pathway to securing a job at your ideal company. According to a survey by Internships.com, 69% of companies with over 100 employees offered their interns full-time jobs in 2012, and seven out of 10 interns surveyed were hired by the companies for which they interned.
The infographic below from eLearners focuses on the importance of internships for college graduates in securing their first job, including what companies look for when hiring interns, how students typically find internships, and how effective internships are in terms of getting hired.