Quick Poll Results Show Virtual Internship Format Likely to Become Permanent

September 10, 2021 | By Kevin Gray – NACE Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

An illustration of a student taking part in a virtual internship.

While most employers shifted their internship programs to virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, many see the utility of this format and plan to make virtual assignments at least part of their internship programs in the future, according to final results of NACE’s August 2021 quick poll on internships and fall 2021 recruiting.

This summer, half of employers offered a hybrid internship program, and 32% were exclusively virtual. Half of respondents also indicated that it is likely or extremely likely that virtual or hybrid internships will become a permanent feature of their internship programs, with another 21% unsure at this point.

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By Amber Graham
Amber Graham Director of Data and Operations