Ten Most Surprising Internship Facts in the US

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About one to two million Americans work as interns each year, which may have led to a significant increase of unpaid internships.

It is obvious many students are willing to make an unrewarded internship with the aim at gaining much experience and creating more job opportunities in the future.

However, there are some surprising internship facts in the country that blow your mind.

For instance, Disney annually employs between 7,000 and 8,000 interns, who typically work 12-hour shifts without sick days or days off, but don't know what job they will do, and how much they're going to receive before starting working.


About 75% of students make at least one internship during their four-year study at schools. The percentage has doubled since the early 1980s

About 75% of students make at least one internship during their four-year study at schools. The percentage has doubled since the early 1980s


Corporations can annually save $2 billion through internships, employers save $15,000 per person by hiring from their intern pool

Corporations can annually save $2 billion through internships, employers save $15,000 per person by hiring from their intern pool


Around 20,000 interns work at the United States Congress each summer, but overwhelming majority are unpaid

Around 20,000 interns work at the United States Congress each summer, but overwhelming majority are unpaid


Each year, approximately 6,000 applicants apply for a few hundred positions at the White House internship program

Each year, approximately 6,000 applicants apply for a few hundred positions at the White House internship program


Women are 77% more likely than men likely to be engaged in an unpaid internship

Women are 77% more likely than men likely to be engaged in an unpaid internship


About 50% of internships in the United States are unpaid, followed by 37% in the UK

About 50% of internships in the United States are unpaid, followed by 37% in the UK


About 18% of interns receive neither compensation nor credit for their work. An unpaid internship is legal only if the intern is offered substantial training and is not replacing a regular employee, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act

About 18% of interns receive neither compensation nor credit for their work. An unpaid internship is legal only if the intern is offered substantial training and is not replacing a regular employee, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act


According to a report from The Debate Over Unpaid College Internships, about 87% of engineering and computing science majors have paid internships, while the percentage of education, social sciences, health sciences, and humanities majors having paid internships is only 40%

According to a report from The Debate Over Unpaid College Internships, about 87% of engineering and computing science majors have paid internships, while the percentage of education, social sciences, health sciences, and humanities majors having paid internships is only 40%


Disney runs one of the world's largest internship programs, annually employing between 7,000 and 8,000 interns, who typically work 12-hour shifts without sick days or days-off. However, the interns don't know what job they will do, and how much they're going to receive before starting working

Disney runs one of the world's largest internship programs, annually employing between 7,000 and 8,000 interns, who typically work 12-hour shifts without sick days or days-off. However, the interns don't know what job they will do, and how much they're going to receive before starting working


In April 2010, someone bid $42,500 for a one-week internship at Vogue with editor Anna Wintour at a charity event. Half of the internship bidders were parents, who expected their kids to gain experience during the internship

In April 2010, someone bid $42,500 for a one-week internship at Vogue with editor Anna Wintour at a charity event. Half of the internship bidders were parents, who expected their kids to gain experience during the internship

 

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This article was published on 2011/07/13