If there’s only one point you take away from our internship research, it should be this: the key to success in an internship is having the right job skills.
The infographic below sums up some key points any prospective intern should know. The job postings we analyze show that employers are highly specific in their requirements. Employers ask for specific software packages, like AutoCAD in Engineering and MATLAB in Data Analytics. They also ask for expertise in subject areas, such as social media and newsletters in Marketing. Nearly three-quarters of internships ask for skills that are specific to a particular field. Some 27% say these kinds of specific skills. Without skills like this, a student may not get in the door–and without an internship it likely will be harder to get that first full-time job.
In our annual report, The State of American Internships, we found that there is also a distinct season for intern recruiting, peaking in March. But our skills analysis suggests that planning for what you need to learn is just as important as planning for when you need to apply.