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New Job Market Intelligence Report Tracks the Internship Landscape

While internships are a common stepping stone to a full-time offer for graduates, in many cases students must possess substantial technical skills in order to successfully apply for an internship. At this time of year when so many students are interviewing for internships, it is essential they research the skills required for their chosen job field and take steps to develop those skills prior to the application process.

“Students looking for internships as a gateway to full-time employment will find a broad range of opportunities across industries, but they will need industry-specific skills sets in order to be considered a competitive candidate,” said Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies.

This is one of several key findings in the Job Market Intelligence: Report on the Internship Job Market from Boston-based Burning Glass, based on a detailed analysis of 276,631 online internship postings from April 2013 to March 2014. Other findings include:

  • Completing an internship is most critical to being a competitive candidate in the following fields: Engineering, IT, Arts, Video and Graphic Design, and Marketing/Communications. “In the professions that have a higher internship-to-job ratio, the students who have completed one or more internships will be at a distinct competitive advantage over those who have not completed any,” Sigelman said.
  • The type of internships available varies by region. Creative internships dominate in the Northeast, but IT and engineering internships lead in the West and Midwest respectively.
  • Employers begin looking for summer interns as early as March. “Students looking to take advantage of these opportunities should be planning far ahead,” notes Sigelman.

In order to assess the Internship landscape and its associated skill sets, the Burning Glass study analyzed 276,631 online internship postings covering the 12-month period from April 2013 to March 2014. The Burning Glass study involved advanced text mining to categorize opportunities and analyze employer requirements. The internships Burning Glass analyzed cover a range of functional categories from technical positions in STEM fields to creative roles such as marketing and design.

A sampling of skill sets in demand for internships include:

  • Arts, Video, Graphic Design: Adobe Photoshop/Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, JavaScript.
  • Business operations and Management: Administration, supply chain management, logistics, marketing.
  • Engineering: AutoCAD, C++, physics.
  • Finance: Accounting, financial analysis, mathematics, spreadsheets, risk management.
  • IT: JAVA, C++, JavaScript, SQL, Python, Linux
  • Marketing communications: Social media, event planning, journalism, blogging, research, writing/editing.

“The Job Market Intelligence: Report on the Internship Job Market” may be found at: www.burning-glass.com/internships.

About Burning Glass

Burning Glass’s tools and data are playing a growing role in informing the global conversation on education and the workforce by providing researchers, policy makers, educators, and employers with detailed real-time awareness into skill gaps and labor market demand. Burning Glass provides tools for analysts track job market trends and for students to plan their careers and find jobs.

With headquarters in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, Burning Glass is proud to serve a client base that spans six continents, including education institutions, government workforce agencies, academic research centers, global recruitment and staffing agencies, major employers, and leading job boards.

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