More experienced workers applying for internships

By Mary Ellen Podmolik
Posted Aug. 11, 2010 at 7:51 a.m.

The good news on internships this fall is 27 percent of companies plan to hire interns to help them get through the rest of 2010. The bad news, at least for entry level workers, is 23 percent of companies say they’re seeing more applications for those jobs from experienced workers with more than a decade or experience and mature workers over the age of 50.

In a survey of 2,500 employers nationally, CareerBuilder also found that 7 percent of those hiring companies plan to bring interns on board but not pay them. Of the paying employers, more than half said they planned to pay interns $10 or more per hour.

Just what tasks are in store for the new recruits? Almost one-quarter of them will run errands, the survey found.

Chicago-based CareerBuilder is part-owned by Tribune Co., publisher of the Chicago Tribune.

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