05/10/2013 11:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How The Internship Has Evolved Since The 11th Century [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here's a promising fact: Students who've had an internship are 70 percent more likely to be hired as full-time employees with a company. Although today internships have become the norm for students looking to gain valuable hands-on experience, develop skills, and build beneficial connections within their industry, they've come a long way since the apprenticeships of the 11th century.

The great-grandfather of the internship was created to help those interested in a trade, art, or calling gain practical experience while studying under a skilled worker. This is one of the aspects of today's internship still thriving. Learn more about the evolution of the internship with this infographic compiled by InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers. Here are some key points to note:

  • 81% of employers find they have better experiences with new hires that have intern experience
  • 37% of students say internships are a good job resource
  • 33% of employers hire virtual interns, a 20% increase from 2011 to 2012
  • 71% of students are open to the idea of completing a virtual internship

Check out the full infographic below:


What do you think? What aspect of internships do you feel is the most beneficial to students?