Internships are on the rise. But the rise in popularity in recent years means internships have undergone a wave of transformation. Students are finding new ways to learn about your company, connect with you online and showcase their experience — their internship interests are even shifting in the process.

If you’re not in tune with the current internship landscape, you’re likely to miss out on talented students and recent graduates when it comes to recruiting and hiring. The following infographic by InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers, reveals some important trends regarding the state of the internship. Here are some key points to note when it comes to intern recruitment:

  • 58.9% of students said gaining experience and building a portfolio was the most important part of their internship
  • 55% of students said working outside of the office one day a week would increase their odds of applying for a role
  • 46.5% of students start looking 1-3 months before their chosen internship season
  • 60.8% of students used their personal network to land their internship

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

What do you think? Have internships undergone a major transformation?