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Experienced, Mature Workers to Compete with College Students for Internships

Competition will be stiff for internships this fall as experienced/mature workers and college students compete for ways to get a foot in the door. According to a CareerBuilder survey of 2,500 employers conducted between May 18 and June 3, 2010, nearly one-quarter (23%) of employers will be seeing experienced workers, those with more than ten years’ experience, and workers age 50 or older, for positions as interns in their organizations.

Regardless of applicants’ ages, more than one-quarter (27%) of employers said they plan to hire interns during the remainder of 2010 to help support workloads. Fourteen percent said they anticipate hiring paid interns, while 7% said they won’t be paying their interns. An additional 5% said they will hire both paid and unpaid interns. Fifty-three percent of employers said they plan to pay interns $10 or more per hour, while 5% said they will pay $25 or more per hour.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, says, "The last 18 months have reshaped internships as more than an experience-builder for college students. Now, they’re also a way for experienced workers to explore new opportunities. Internships can act as an extended, full-time job interview and potentially lead to more opportunities for college students and for more seasoned employees. In fact, 52% of companies we surveyed said they are likely to hire interns as full-time, permanent employees.”