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2018 ERC/NOCHE Intern & Recent Grad Pay Rates & Practices
 
 
 
ERC and NOCHE have collaborated once again to explore internship and recent graduate employment practices and pay rates in the 2018 ERC/NOCHE Recent Graduate & Intern Pay Rates & Practices Survey. This survey seeks to provide Northeast Ohio employers with information on important local trends regarding intern and recent graduate compensation and employment practices.

Time to complete: about 15 minutes
Extended Deadline: Friday, March 9th
 
 
 
Intern & Recent Graduate Employment Practices
 
 
 
Directions: Please answer the following questions related to your organizations intern and recent graduate employment practices.
 
 
 
1. Does your organization have a structured/formal internship program?
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
 
If NO, why not? (please check all that apply)
 
Financial resource challenges
 
Staff resource challenges
 
Time commitment
 
Don't see the value
 
Prior unsuccessful program
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
 
2. In 2018, does your organization plan to make any of the following modifications to its internship program?
 
Increase number of interns
 
Maintain number of interns
 
Reduce number of interns
 
Eliminate all interns
 
Have not hired interns
 
 
 
3. Is your organization in the process of hiring or does it have any plans to hire new college graduates in 2018?
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
 
4. Of the new college graduates that have been hired into your organization in the past 12 months, please estimate the percentage of these employees who had graduated from colleges/universities in Northeast Ohio.
   
 
 
 
5. How many interns does your company typically employ each year?
 
1-3
 
4-6
 
7-10
 
More than 10
 
Have not hired interns
 
 
 
6. During what time of year does your organization hire interns?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Summer
 
Fall semester
 
Spring semester
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
 
7. Has your organization ever hired non-traditional students as interns? (note: a non-traditional student is defined as a student age 25 or older)
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
 
8. Has your organization ever hired international students as interns?
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
 
8a. Why has your organization never hired international students?
(Please select all that apply) 
 
Sponsorship issues
 
Immigration issues
 
Cultural issues
 
Language issues
 
Other (please describe):
    

 
 
 
9. Does your organization employ high school students in any capacity?
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
 
10. What are the primary reasons that your organization uses interns?
(Please select all that apply)
 
To obtain affordable workforce support
 
To provide administrative support
 
To improve retention of new college graduates in Northeast Ohio
 
To increase exposure at local colleges and universities
 
To develop a local talent pipeline
 
To assist with special project work
 
To test potential employees before hiring them
 
To solicit creative/innovative input
 
To develop supervisory skills of your existing employees
 
To increase exposure at colleges/universities outside of Northeast Ohio
 
To develop a talent pipeline from outside of Northeast Ohio
 
Do not currently hire interns
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
 
11. Are interns given a job description with a set of defined goals and responsibilities or learning outcomes?
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
 
12. Does your organization offer any of the following benefits to interns?
(Please select all that apply)
 
401(k)/403(b)
 
Health insurance
 
Bus pass or gas card
 
Credit towards benefits for time worked if hired after graduation
 
Leaves of absence
 
On-site perks (i.e. cafeteria, fitness center)
 
Paid holidays
 
Paid sick days/time off
 
Pay for or allow intern(s) to attend networking events
 
Pay for or allow intern(s) to attend organizations social events
 
Performance incentives (e.g. cash bonuses)
 
Rewards and recognition (e.g. gift cards, peer recognition)
 
Subsidized parking
 
Subsidized housing
 
Tuition reimbursement
 
Other external training opportunities
 
Pay for college credit(s)
 
No benefits offered to interns
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
13. What sources does your organization use to recruit interns and new college graduates?

(Please select all that apply)
Used to recruit interns Used to recruit new graduates
Alumni contacts with college/university
Building relationships with college/university professors
Co-ops
Faculty referrals
Internships
Job postings on college graduate/intern focused job boards or websites
Job postings on college/university career center websites
Job postings on OhioMeansJobs or OhioMeansInternships
Job postings on general or industry-specific job boards/websites
Participation in college/university job fairs
Used to recruit interns Used to recruit new graduates
Building relationships with college/university career centers
Facebook
LinkedIn
Twitter
NEOintern/NEO Talent Exchange
High Schools
Vocational Schools
Other referrals (employees, customers, etc.)
 
 
Other sources used to recruit interns:
   
 
 
Other sources used to recruit new graduates:
   
 
 
 
14. When recruiting interns, which of the following majors or areas of study are most important to you?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Business
 
Hospitality/Culinary
 
Public Affairs/Law
 
Engineering
 
Information Technology/Computer Science
 
Social Sciences
 
Health/Human Services
 
Liberal Arts/Humanities
 
Visual Communications/Design
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
15. What criteria does your organization use to hire interns and new college graduates and determine new college graduate salaries?

(Please select all that apply)
Used to hire interns Used to hire new graduates Used to determine new graduate salaries
Academic year (only relevant to interns)
Assessment/testing
Business acumen
Career goals
Certifications
College/university attended
Coursework
Grade point average (GPA)
Prior internship/co-op experience
Interpersonal/communication skills
Used to hire interns Used to hire new graduates Used to determine new graduate salaries
Involvement in extra-curricular activities
Location of college/university
Major
Professionalism
Projects
References
Study abroad experience
Work ethic
Work experience
Writing sample
e-Portfolios (electronic/online portfolio)
Competencies/prior learning
 
 
Other criteria used to hire interns:
   
 
 
Other criteria used to hire new college graduates:
   
 
 
Other criteria used to determine salaries for new college graduates:
   
 
 
16. If GPA is criteria for hiring interns and/or new college graduates, please specify the minimum acceptable GPA.
GPA minimum for interns
GPA minimum for new college graduates
 
 
 
17. Which of the following options best describes your organization's compensation structure for interns?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Annualized salary
 
Hourly wage
 
Set stipend
 
Academic credit
 
Do not pay interns
 
N/A (do not have interns on staff)
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
18. Does your organization recruit from any of the following for interns and new graduates?

(Please select all that apply)
Recruit interns Recruit new graduates
2-year colleges (e.g. Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, Lakeland Community College, etc.)
For-profit colleges (e.g. University of Phoenix, DeVry University, etc.)
4-year colleges/universities (e.g. Kent State University, Walsh University, Hiram, The University of Akron, Harvard, etc.)
 
 
 
19. From what academic year(s) does your organization recruit college interns?
(Please select all that apply)
 
No specific academic year
 
Year 1
 
Year 2
 
Year 3
 
Year 4
 
Graduate

 
 
 
20. For what job level(s) does your organization typically hire new college graduates?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Entry Level
 
Mid-Level/Non-Supervisory
 
Supervisor
 
Manager
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
21. Do interns and/or new college graduates receive any of the following?

(Please select all that apply)
Interns receive New graduates receive
An orientation within the first week of employment
Access to a mentor
Formal training
Performance evaluation
Regular feedback and coaching
 
 
 
22. Please specify what types of training and professional development opportunities are provided to interns.
   
 
 
 
23. Please specify what types of training and professional development opportunities are provided to new college graduates.
   
 
 
 
24. Does your organization offer management in training (or leadership development) programs for new college graduates?
 
Yes
 
No
 
 
25. What are the responsibilities of interns supervisors and mentors?

(Please select all that apply)
Supervisors Mentors
Administrative tasks (signing time sheet, scheduling, etc.)
Assigning or managing projects
Ensuring that the internship is a learning experience
Evaluating performance
Exposing intern to subject matter experts
Providing feedback or coaching
Training or teaching new skills
Communication with interns college/university
 
 
Other responsibilities of intern's supervisors:
   
 
 
Other responsibilities of intern's mentors:
   
 
 
26. How is your interns time typically distributed? Please specify the average percentage of time allotted to the duties below.

(Note: must add up to 100%)
Percentage of time
Administrative or clerical duties
Analytical/problem solving
Project coordination/management
Communications
Other
 
 
If you selected "Other" above, please provide a brief description of these duties.
   
 
 
 
27. If intern performance is evaluated, what aspects of interns performance are assessed?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Ability/willingness to learn and develop
 
Attitude
 
Communication
 
Creativity/innovation
 
Customer service
 
Dependability
 
Productivity/efficiency
 
Interpersonal skills
 
Level or value of contributions
 
Problem solving
 
Professionalism
 
Quality of work
 
Teamwork
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
 
28. What is the average length/term of internships at your organization?
 
10 weeks
 
16 weeks
 
32 weeks
 
1+ year(s)
 
Other (please specify):
    
 
 
 
29. After an internship term has ended, does your organization do any of the following to continue to engage the intern?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Keep in contact with intern (via direct communication, social media, LinkedIn, etc.)
 
Communications with interns college/university
 
Hold intern alumni events
 
Recall/re-hire over multiple terms/years
 
Offer employment (if available)

 
 
30. Over the past 12 months, have you ever offered interns permanent employment with your organization, either full or part-time, at the conclusion of their internship?
Full-time Part-time N/A
(we did not employ any interns in the past 12 months)
Yes, offered to all intern(s)
Yes, offered to some intern(s)
No, not offered to any intern(s)
 
 
 
31. If your organization did not offer employment to any or some interns, what was the reason(s)?
(Please select all that apply)
 
No positions open
 
Intern had not graduated yet
 
Intern was not ready to take on a permanent position
 
Intern performance was poor
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
 
32. If you did offer employment to the intern, please specify the ratio of offers made to offers accepted.
(Example: 5 offers: 1 accepted - expressed as 5:1)
   
 
 
 
33. Did your organization obtain any of the following reimbursements for internships?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Ohio Third Frontier reimbursement
 
Foundation reimbursement
 
Ohio Means Internships and Coops - OMIC
 
Reimbursement through College or University Grant Program
 
Other (please specify):
    

 
 
34. If your organization hires new college graduates, please specify the following information.
What percent of your entry-level positions come from new college graduates?
What percent of the new college graduates you hired in 2017 and so far in 2018 have interned previously with your organization?
What percent of the new college graduates you hired in 2017 and so far in 2018 have internship experience elsewhere, not at your organization?
 
 
 
35. How does your organization determine the return on investment of your internship program?
(Please select all that apply)
 
Cost/benefit analysis/formula
 
Rate of FTE conversion
 
Number of projects completed
 
N/A (we do not currently track/calculate the ROI on our internship program)
 
Other (please specify);
    

 
 
 
36. Please specify the primary benefit(s) that using interns has had on your organization.
(Please select all that apply)
 
Entry-talent pipeline
 
Infusion of new perspectives/ideas
 
Completion of important projects
 
Inexpensive way to accomplish short term goals
 
Mentoring and supervisory development for existing employees
 
Other (please specify):
   

 
 
 
37. Please provide any additional comments about your experience(s) employing interns, either positive or negative, at your organization. (Optional)
   
 
 
 
38. In the last 12-months, from which colleges or universities has your organization hired interns or recent graduates, if any?
   
 
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