New Research Report on the Impact of Internships

From the existing annual higher education graduate employment survey data we know that where students study and what they study both have a significant influence on their employment prospects when they graduate.
However, a new research report released by CSIRO Data61’s Ribit shows that beyond these factors, course-integrated work is key to improving graduate employability and increasing graduate salaries. 
In fact, the report shows that courses with a built in work component have better graduate employment outcomes across all fields of study.

“The data shows that the more we can do as a nation to provide job opportunities to young people while they study, the more likely they are to succeed and help grow our economy.“

Liz Jakubowski, Ribit’s Director

"The connections made through these student-industry work arrangements have mutual benefits. They also establish opportunities for important input by industry around what is being studied, as well as research and development initiatives."

Innes Willox, Ai Group Chief Executive

"This study shows the positive difference that can be made by targeted internships, which build bridges between academic study and non-academic careers, provide crucial skills in navigating the real-world workplace, and begin to introduce students to broader networks".

Kylie Walker, CEO Science & Technology Australia

"The results add to our knowledge of the value of experiential learning in the workplace and will, I hope, lead to further analysis ... on how engagement with a range of different forms of experiential learning shapes student outcomes."

Professor Pip Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Sydney University

Ribit connects tertiary students with innovative companies for relevant work while they study. It is free for employers to post a job.