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May 26 2009   3:49PM GMT

CollegeRecruiter Lists Entry-level Jobs and Internships

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

What with the semester near its end and the summer drawing on, young people’s thoughts turn to employment. The CollegeRecruiter.com Web site has compiled a nice press release (dated 4/7/09) entitled “Best and Worst States in Which to Find an Internship or Entry-Level Job.” Here’s a tabular recap of their results:

State Entry-level EL-count Internship I-count
CA 2,702 CA 12,250
NY 1,754 TX 8,224
TX 1,334 NY <6,534
DC 1,011 FL 6,534
FL 988 PA 5,311

There are lots of interesting things to observe about these numbers. First and foremost, it looks like (surprise) the states with the biggest populations float to the top of these rankings. Second, the absolute numbers for internships are miniscule, with the numbers for entry-level positions merely small. These numbers don’t look incredibly encouraging to me, until I stop to think that most internships don’t get advertised much, if at all (mostly they’re doled out through alma mater affiliations and/or family and friend connections).

It all adds up to a pretty interesting summer for underclassmen and -women looking for work, and a tough slog for recent grads trying to find their first jobs in IT. Good luck to one and all, and may your school, friend, and family connections help you find something. There’s not much on the boards at all, apparently.

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