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STUDENT INTERNSHIPS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AFTER GRADUATION: A FIELD EXPERIMENT

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

Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium from Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

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: Internship; hiring; human capital; signalling; field experiment. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I21 J23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2019-07
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