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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 ()

No 12183, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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 1,248 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: signalling; human capital; hiring; internship; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I21 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2019-02
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Published - revised version published in: Economics of Education Review [Online Access]

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