The Demand for Interns

52 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2020

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David A. Jaeger

City University of New York (CUNY) - CUNY Graduate Center

John M. Nunley

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Alan Seals

Auburn University - Department of Economics

Eric Wilbrandt

Independent

Date Written: February 2020

Abstract

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 more than 11,500 applications reveals that employers are more likely to respond positively when internship applicants have previous internship experience. Employers are also less likely to respond to applicants with black-sounding names and when the applicant is more distant from the firm.

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Suggested Citation

Jaeger, David A. and Nunley, John M. and Seals, Richard A and Wilbrandt, Eric, The Demand for Interns (February 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w26729, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3535319

David A. Jaeger (Contact Author)

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John M. Nunley

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Richard A Seals

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Eric Wilbrandt

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