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Student internships and employment opportunities after graduation: A field experiment

Stijn Baert (), Brecht Neyt, Thomas Siedler (), Ilse Tobback and Dieter Verhaest ()

Economics of Education Review, 2021, vol. 83, issue C

Abstract: Internships during tertiary education have become substantially more common over the past decades in many industrialised countries. This study examines the impact of a voluntary intra-curricular internship experience during university studies on the probability of being invited to a job interview. To estimate a causal relationship, we conducted a randomised field experiment in which we sent 1248 fictitious, but realistic, resumes to real job openings. We find that applicants with internship experience have, on average, a 12.6% higher probability of being invited to a job interview.

Keywords: Internship; Hiring; Field experiment; Human capital; Signalling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I21 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2021.102141

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