A three-year study that JFF conducted for the National Science Foundation shows that community college technology internships can be effective bridges to employment for postsecondary students. The research showed that when internships were required for graduation students were much more likely to participate. But for internships to be effective, community colleges need to put structures in place to support, guide, and engage both students and employers. This is more likely to occur when the internships are required.
The stakes are high for programs and policies that look to transform our systems of working and learning. You need to ask the right questions, collect the right data, and make the right analyses to know what works and what to do. JFF’s Research & Analytics Unit combines deep field knowledge with rigorous and systematic inquiry to create strong evidence that can be put into action.
This case study explores how JFF helped Verizon identify the best places to implement a new rapid-training tech curriculum—and assisted in its rollout to nearly 20 community colleges. Working with individual communities, JFF is customizing programming to meet local needs and improve student success.
Internships have so much potential to increase career success that community colleges should require them for graduation, provide key supports, and ensure that students are paid for their work on the job.