The demand for interns

David A. Jaeger, John M. Nunley, R. Alan Seals*, Carrie Shandra, Eric J. Wilbrandt

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    We describe the demand for interns in the U.S. using ads from an internship-specific website. We find that internships are more likely to be paid when more closely associated with a specific occupation, when the local labor market has lower unemployment, and when the local and federal minimum wage are the same. A résumé audit study with about 11,000 applications reveals that employers are more likely to respond positively when internship applicants have previous internship experience. Particularly for unpaid internships, employers are also less likely to respond to applicants with black-sounding names and when the applicant is more distant from the firm.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)372-390
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
    Early online date4 Apr 2023
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023


    • Internships
    • Resume audit
    • Minimum wage
    • Racial discrimination
    • Unemployment
    • College major


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