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2017 ERC/NOCHE Intern & Recent Graduate Pay Rates and Practices Survey

Recognizing that interns and new graduates are critical to developing a pipeline of talent for ERC/NOCHE 2017 Survey CoverNortheast Ohio, ERC and NOCHE have collaborated for the ninth year to gather information from local employers about their intern and recent graduate employment practices. More than 103 Northeast Ohio companies and organizations completed the survey between February 14 and March 24, 2017. Internship practices data are reported by organizational size and industry; internship pay rate data are reported for 10 positions and broken out by non-manufacturing and manufacturing industries. Recent graduate starting salaries are reported for 11 types of college degrees.

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Internships in Northeast Ohio

Perceptions and experiences among students and employers

NOCHE commissioned ERC (Employers Resource Council) to update and expand upon a 2009 market research study focused on student perceptions of internships.  In this version, employers and students both shared experiences via surveys and focus groups to examine the perceptions and experiences
regarding internships in Northeast Ohio.
For the executive summary of this report, click here.  To download the full report, click here


Liberal Arts Degree Perceptions & Hiring Practices in Northeast Ohio

NOCHE commissioned ERC (Employers Resource Council) to conduct this survey in 2015. Download Key Findings or Full Report below.

A number of participating employers shared a common misperception that liberal arts degrees lack specificity and fail to prepare students with skills that are needed in the workforce. At the same time, we know that many employers cite a lack of “soft-skills” to be a critical talent management issue (AAC&U, 2013; Chegg, 2013; ManpowerGroup, 2013). Interestingly, based on our findings, the highly desired “soft skills” such as problem solving, communication, analytical, and creative skills are exactly those that are perceived to be fostered in liberal arts programs. Institutions of higher education can play a major role in endorsing and promoting that these in-demand skills are a key component of a liberal arts education.
This data suggests that while a majority of employers are not currently targeting liberal arts candidates during their recruitment process, they continue to seek the types of skills that liberal arts students possess. This is a strong indication that there is a need to bridge the gap between the misperception and the reality regarding the skillset that liberal arts students acquire.
Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to resolve this paradox and should seize the opportunity to market and promote the characteristics and skills of their liberal arts students in a more strategic way.
For the KEY FINDINGS of this report, click here.  To download the FULL REPORTclick here

Hiring International Student Interns

NOCHE and Global Cleveland produced a free online webinar featuring Margaret Wong from Margaret Wong & Associates, George Burke from Cleveland State University and David Fleshler from Case Western Reserve University with advice on simplifying the process of hiring international student interns.


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