Student Internships and Employment Opportunities after Graduation: A Field Experiment
33 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019
Date Written: February 2019
Internships during tertiary education have become substantially more common over the past decades in many industrialised countries. This study examines the impact of a voluntary intra-curricular internship experience during university studies on the probability of being invited to a job interview. To estimate a causal relationship, we conducted a randomised field experiment in which we sent 1,248 fictitious, but realistic, resumes to real job openings. We find that applicants with internship experience have, on average, a 12.6% higher probability of being invited to a job interview.
Keywords: internship, hiring, human capital, signalling, field experiment
JEL Classification: C93, I21, J23, J24
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