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U.S. News & World Report Names U of M in Top Ten for Student Internships

For release: February 1, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

The University of Memphis has one of the top 10 most successful internship programs of any college or university in the nation, according to the “Short List,” published by U.S. News & World Report.

At the U of M, 52 percent of students held internships prior to getting their undergraduate degrees. This compares to a national average of 36.9 percent for the class of 2011, the year the data was compiled.

U.S. News surveyed more than 1,800 colleges and universities to compile the list, with 330 of those surveyed providing internship data. 

“The University of Memphis has long recognized the value of internships to a student’s education,” said Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University.  “Internships give students a good look at what their careers may be like after college, and research shows that students with internships on their resumes have higher job placements.  Our increased emphasis on internships has resulted in the U of M being ranked as one of the top 10 universities for internships in the country.”

Raines said the U of M is grateful to the numerous businesses, schools, community agencies, hospitals, law firms, public service offices, non-profit organizations and other employers who provide internships for University of Memphis students. 

In fall 2012, there were 2,350 U of M undergraduate students holding internships, according to Dr. Dixie Crase, director of Academic Internships at the University.

For more information about internships at the University of Memphis, visit or contact Dr. Dixie Crase at 901-678-3102 or

The U. S. News “Short List” is available at  Others who made the top 10 include Dartmouth College, Clemson University, Syracuse University and DePaul University.


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