May 28, 2018
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COA Gets High Rank for Internships

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BAR HARBOR, ME – College of the Atlantic has tied with seven schools for the top spot on the U.S. News Short List’s 10 Colleges With the Highest Rate of Student Internships, reporting that 100 percent of COA graduates participated in an internship during college.

“Internships are viewed by the college as an essential bridge between the academic world and the “real” world,” said COA’s Academic Dean, Ken Hill. “As such, internships provide hands-on opportunities that afford our students the opportunity to apply what they have learned – this makes them more attractive for both employment and graduate work.”

Landing an internship is key to college graduates making themselves more marketable. According to a survey of more than 1,000 employers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers made full-time offers to 56.5 percent of their interns last year. U.S. News’ annual survey states that on average, 37.7 percent of students in the class of 2012 interned at some point in their undergraduate career.

Of the workers who graduated from college in the past two years, 41 percent say they are underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, according to a 2013 survey from Accenture. The survey also states that even with their degrees, nearly 63 percent of recent graduates said they would need more training in order to get the job they want.

About the US News Short List
The U.S. News Short List, separate from their overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas.

About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more information, visit