Student Internship Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for student interns in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 176,070 student interns currently employed in the United States.
  • 60.3% of all student interns are women, while only 33.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed student internship is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of student interns is White (57.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (21.7%) and Black or African American (9.7%).
  • The majority of student interns are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Student interns are paid an average annual salary of $28,608.
  • Student interns average starting salary is $21,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid student interns earn as much as $38,000 or more.
  • 8% of all student interns are LGBT.
  • Student interns are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.

Student Internship Statistics By Gender

Among student interns, 60.3% of them are women compared to 33.6% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 60.3%
  • Male, 33.6%
  • Unknown, 6.1%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Female
Female
60.3%
60.3%
Male
Male
33.6%
33.6%
Unknown
Unknown
6.1%
6.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Student Internship

Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$30,570
female-income
Female Income
$28,655

Student Internship Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the student internship position over time.

Male
Female
19%
16%
13%
9%
6%
3%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
2008
8.42%
8.42%
91.58%
91.58%
2009
2009
8.65%
8.65%
91.35%
91.35%
2010
2010
8.87%
8.87%
91.13%
91.13%
2011
2011
9.66%
9.66%
90.34%
90.34%
2012
2012
9.59%
9.59%
90.41%
90.41%
2013
2013
10.12%
10.12%
89.88%
89.88%
2014
2014
11.41%
11.41%
88.59%
88.59%
2015
2015
10.72%
10.72%
89.28%
89.28%
2016
2016
11.27%
11.27%
88.73%
88.73%
2017
2017
10.71%
10.71%
89.29%
89.29%
2018
2018
14.22%
14.22%
85.78%
85.78%

Student Internship Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, torque tester and agriculture consultant have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Infant Teacher8%89%
Lead Toddler Teacher8%88%
Nursery Teacher9%88%
Student Internship34%60%
Certified Performance Technologist74%21%
Agriculture Consultant79%15%
Torque Tester81%19%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Torque Tester
Agriculture Consultant
Certified Performance Technologist
Student Internship
Nursery Teacher
Lead Toddler Teacher
Infant Teacher
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Student Internship Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among student interns is White, which makes up 57.5% of all student interns. Comparatively, there are 21.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 57.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 21.7%
  • Black or African American, 9.7%
  • Asian, 7.7%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2%
Job Title
Student Internship RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
White
57.5%
57.5%
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
21.7%
21.7%
Black or African American
Black or African American
9.7%
9.7%
Asian
Asian
7.7%
7.7%
Unknown
Unknown
2.2%
2.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
1.2%
1.2%

Student Internship Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among student interns.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
2010
61.75%
61.75%
10.46%
10.46%
4.84%
4.84%
20.05%
20.05%
2011
2011
60.15%
60.15%
11.72%
11.72%
4.85%
4.85%
19.98%
19.98%
2012
2012
60.13%
60.13%
11.13%
11.13%
4.87%
4.87%
20.67%
20.67%
2013
2013
61.92%
61.92%
10.80%
10.80%
4.90%
4.90%
19.20%
19.20%
2014
2014
59.93%
59.93%
10.97%
10.97%
5.39%
5.39%
20.40%
20.40%
2015
2015
59.73%
59.73%
10.68%
10.68%
5.41%
5.41%
21.06%
21.06%
2016
2016
59.21%
59.21%
10.21%
10.21%
5.48%
5.48%
21.23%
21.23%
2017
2017
59.20%
59.20%
10.14%
10.14%
5.86%
5.86%
21.38%
21.38%
2018
2018
57.45%
57.45%
9.73%
9.73%
7.74%
7.74%
21.68%
21.68%

Student Internship Wage Gap By Race

Asian student interns have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White student interns have the lowest average salary at $28,592.
$31,000
$30,000
$29,000
$28,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$29,782
White$28,592
Black or African American$29,297
Asian$30,502
Hispanic or Latino$29,889

Average Age of a Student Internship

We determined the average age of student interns based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
Black or African American
42
42
48
48
Unknown
Unknown
33
33
42
42
Asian
Asian
29
29
45
45
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
30
30
42
42
White
White
34
34
49
49
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
46.5
46.5
45
45

Student Internship Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of student internship employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of student interns is 40+ years old, which represents 65% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Student Internship YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
20-30 years
17%
17%
30-40 years
30-40 years
17%
17%
40+ years
40+ years
65%
65%

Types of Student Internship Degree Levels

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 65%
  • Associate, 15%
  • Masters, 8%
  • High School Diploma, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 6%
Job Title
Student Internship DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
Bachelors
65%
65%
Associate
Associate
15%
15%
Masters
Masters
8%
8%
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
6%
6%
Other Degrees
Other Degrees
6%
6%

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Student Internship Wage Gap By Education

Student interns with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $31,949 annually. With a Bachelors degree, student interns earn a median annual income of $29,813 compared to $28,725 for student interns with an Associate degree.
$33,000
$32,000
$31,000
$30,000
$29,000
$28,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$28,655
Master's Degree$31,949
Bachelor's Degree$29,813
Some College/ Associate Degree$28,725

Student Internship Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ student interns. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most student interns is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire student interns.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
< 50 employees
2%
2%
50 - 100 employees
50 - 100 employees
2%
2%
100 - 500 employees
100 - 500 employees
10%
10%
500 - 1,000 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
10%
10%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
43%
43%
> 10,000 employees
> 10,000 employees
34%
34%

The Types Of Companies Student Internship Work In

Employees with the student internship job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most student interns prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
Education
37%
37%
Public
Public
19%
19%
Private
Private
26%
26%
Government
Government
18%
18%

Top Industries Hiring Student Internships

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ student interns. Those industries include health care, education and non profits.

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Health Care

Education

Fortune 500

Non Profits

Hospitality

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Health Care
Health Care
25%
25%
Education
Education
19%
19%
Fortune 500
Fortune 500
10%
10%
Non Profits
Non Profits
9%
9%
Hospitality
Hospitality
5%
5%
Government
Government
4%
4%
Retail
Retail
4%
4%
Finance
Finance
4%
4%
Technology
Technology
4%
4%
Professional
Professional
3%
3%
Media
Media
2%
2%
Utilities
Utilities
2%
2%
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
2%
2%
Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
1%
1%
Internet
Internet
1%
1%
Transportation
Transportation
1%
1%
Telecommunication
Telecommunication
1%
1%
Energy
Energy
1%
1%
Insurance
Insurance
1%
1%

Student Internship Turnover And Employment Statistics

Student Internship Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of student interns changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescStudent Internship Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
2010
6.72%
6.72%
2011
2011
6.98%
6.98%
2012
2012
6.55%
6.55%
2013
2013
5.97%
5.97%
2014
2014
5.07%
5.07%
2015
2015
4.04%
4.04%
2016
2016
3.88%
3.88%
2017
2017
3.84%
3.84%
2018
2018
3.51%
3.51%

The Average Number of Years That Student Internship Stay in a Job

By looking over 71,529 student interns resumes, we figured out that the average student internship enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 75%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
Less than 1 year
75%
75%
1-2 years
1-2 years
16%
16%
3-4 years
3-4 years
3%
3%
5-7 years
5-7 years
4%
4%
8-10 years
8-10 years
1%
1%
11+ years
11+ years
1%
1%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Student Internships with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to student interns.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Library Technician6.75%
Student Internship7.64%
School Curriculum Developer8.68%
Special Educator12.86%
6th Grade Science Teacher13.03%
Dance Instructor13.71%
Graduate Research And Teaching Assistant25.12%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Library Technician
Library Technician
6.75%
6.75%
School Curriculum Developer
School Curriculum Developer
8.68%
8.68%
Special Educator
Special Educator
12.86%
12.86%
6th Grade Science Teacher
6th Grade Science Teacher
13.03%
13.03%
Dance Instructor
Dance Instructor
13.71%
13.71%
Graduate Research And Teaching Assistant
Graduate Research And Teaching Assistant
25.12%
25.12%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Student Internships

The most common foreign language among student interns is Spanish at 51.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 9.4% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 5.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 51.5%
  • French, 9.4%
  • Chinese, 5.7%
  • Mandarin, 4.9%
  • German, 3.0%
  • Other, 25.5%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
Spanish
51.5%
51.5%
French
French
9.4%
9.4%
Chinese
Chinese
5.7%
5.7%
Mandarin
Mandarin
4.9%
4.9%
German
German
3.0%
3.0%
Other
Other
25.5%
25.5%

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Where Do Student Internships Earn The Most?

The map here shows where student interns earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Student Internships Located?

By looking through more than 71,529 resumes, we found that the most popular places for student interns are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Student Internships

Where Are Student Internships In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country student interns are in the most demand.

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