However, some college students report false internship experience or internship duration just to get an internship certificate.
A survey conducted by China Youth Daily Social Survey Center on 2004 college students showed that 78.2 percent of respondents were taking summer internships and what they were most concerned about was whether the internships were useful for their future employment.
Among these college students surveyed, male students accounted for 49.4 percent and female students for 50.6 percent. The percentage of freshmen is 2.7, and that of sophomores 21.5 percent, juniors 43.6 percent, seniors 28.2 percent and graduate students 3.9 percent. As far as universities are concerned, 39.2 percent came from first-tier universities, 49.2 percent from second-tier universities, whilst 9.8 percent from third-tier universities and 1.9 percent from junior colleges.
Some 78.2 percent of the students surveyed were taking up an internship, 69.8 percent of them had had one or two internships during their college years; 23.3 percent said that they had three or four internships, while 2.7 percent had more than five, and 4.2 percent none.
Some 86.8 percent of the respondents pointed out the phenomenon of students just viewing internships as a way to accumulate something which might make their future resumes look great to the employers.
Junior year (44.4 percent) was considered the most suitable time to go for an internship, followed by sophomore year (25.6 percent), senior year (21.4 percent), freshman year (4.6 percent), graduate school (3.0 percent), and 1 percent of the surveyed believed that internships were not necessary.
According to the survey, the most important factor for college students to choose internship positions was whether the positions were helpful to their future employment (60.8 percent). Other factors include: the correlation between the positions and professional skills (48.2 percent), the scale of companies (45.1 percent), what they can learn (40.1 percent), the relevancy to their target occupation or industry (36.9 percent), personal development (22.7 percent), working atmosphere (15.3 percent), pay (11.2 percent) and the location (11.1 percent).
Around 62.5 percent of the respondents wanted to gain some sort of experience for future job hunting. About 48.6 percent wanted to improve their personal abilities through internships, and 45.0 percent wanted to experience beforehand the career they intended to pursue in the future. Other purposes are: to follow the trend (36.7 percent); to stay in the internship-offering company after graduation (30.4 percent);to obtain an internship certification simply for the sake of meeting the university's requirements (24.0 percent); and to get an income and financial independence (15.2 percent).
Some 55.2 percent of the respondents believed that college students should take internship positions seriously.
Some 46.1 percent hoped that enterprises should provide more learning and training opportunities for interns and improve the internship management.
Some 40.5 called for the establishment of a college student internship protection system to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests during the internship period. Some 23.2 percent appealed for more internship subsidies from the government.
Some 17.1 percent hoped that the university would improve the internship evaluation system and set up a special management organization.
(Source: China Youth Daily / Translated and edited by Women of China)
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