Employers are looking forward to the summer of 2023, with nearly one in 10 planning to hire more interns than they did last year! That’s down from the 22.6% who had planned to hire more interns for the summer of 2022, but it’s still greater than the pre-pandemic level of 2.6% for the summer of 2019.

Shawn VanDerziel, Executive Director for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, says the data indicates the importance employers have placed on their internship programs and their commitment to them.

“Internship programs are typically run over the summer months, with many students returning to campus with a job offer in hand for when they graduate,” says Shawn VanDerziel.

Additionally, NACE conducted a separate poll which showed that four out of five employers said their internship program provided the best return on investment as a recruiting strategy.

The survey was conducted from November 9, 2022 to December 31, 2022, and drew responses from 221 NACE member respondents—representing 25.1% of eligible member respondents.

Overall, it’s clear that employers are banking on a great summer season in 2023. With many organizations expecting to hire more interns than they