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CAC receives $30K grant to study impact of paid vs. unpaid internships

The Career Advancement Center was awarded a $30,000 grant by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Foundation (NACE) to study the impact unpaid internships have on the long-term career success of liberal arts graduates.

“While much research has been done on the impact of experiential education—co-ops, internships, etc.—on career outcomes, there is limited research on whether the impact of these experiences change when paid vs. unpaid,” said Alina Guarise, associate director of the Career Advancement Center (CAC).

In this project, Guarise and James Kostenblatt of New York University will survey liberal arts graduates. The two-year project is believed to be the first of its kind to look at the longer-term impact of unpaid internships. 

“This research will help career services and employers better understand the long-term impact unpaid internships have on career success,” Guarise said. “Ultimately, this will help students make more informed decisions about internships.” Findings will be shared at the NACE 2017 conference.

The NACE Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to foster leading-edge research and educational resources that facilitate the employment of the college educated.