Student Internships and Employment Opportunities after Graduation: A Field Experiment

33 Pages Posted: 21 May 2019

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Brecht Neyt

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

Ilse Tobback

KU Leuven

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel)

Date Written: February 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Neyt, Brecht and Siedler, Thomas and Tobback, Ilse and Verhaest, Dieter, Student Internships and Employment Opportunities after Graduation: A Field Experiment (February 2019). IZA Discussion Paper No. 12183. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3390170

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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Brecht Neyt

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 9
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

DIW Berlin ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

University of Essex ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Ilse Tobback

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel) ( email )

Stormstraat 2
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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