College students often struggle to land the internships they need to bolster their job chances after graduation.
And an August survey conducted by Gallup and Inside Higher Ed shows that many university and college presidents believe their institutions are not coming through for their students on the job front.
Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup’s education division, said when Gallup surveys business leaders to find out what they are looking for in a college graduate, most say they want to see internship experience. But Busteed said a May poll revealed that out of 30,000 college students surveyed, only 29 percent had an internship in which they applied skills they were learning in school.
“College presidents are seeing (that internships are) important,” he said. “They don’t feel confident their institutions are doing a great job — the reality is, they’re not.”
Gallup's new survey found that 89 percent of college and university presidents strongly believe critical thinking skills and personal development are essential qualities that students need to gain throughout their college education, and 86 percent of them think an emphasis on writing skills is necessary.