The Essential Skill Sets for Interns | Burning Glass Technologies

Internships 2016: 27% of postings request Business Operations skillsOne consistent theme in Burning Glass research on the internship market is that employers expect interns to be ready to work on day one. Based on our analysis of posted openings, employers are quite specific about the skills they want–which means that students who haven’t picked up these abilities in advance may not get in the door.

From our State of American Internships 2016 report, here is the list of skills that employers want, broken down by type of internship. Business Operations is the largest singe category, cited in the 27% of internship postings, but it also includes skills like scheduling that may be requested in other industries as well. Nearly three-quarters of postings ask for skills related to a specific industry: marketing, engineering, IT, and so on.

You can find more details about these skills and the overall market for internships in our report, which was also featured in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times.


The Essential Intern Skill Sets

Business OperationsProject ManagementBusiness AdministrationSchedulingCustomer ServiceEconomics
MarketingSocial MediaMarketingAdobe PhotoshopFacebookMarket Research
EngineeringElectrical EngineeringComputer EngineeringAutoCADMechanical EngineeringProject Management
Sales and Business DevelopmentSalesBusiness DevelopmentMarketingCustomer ServiceProject Management
Media, Communications, and Public RelationsSocial MediaJournalismAdobe PhotoshopMarketingTechnical Writing / Editing
Data AnalyticsData AnalysisData CollectionMarket ResearchMathematicsProject Management
FinanceBudgetingAccountingFinancial AnalysisProject ManagementEconomics
IT DevelopmentSoftware DevelopmentJAVASoftware EngineeringC++Computer Engineering
Arts and DesignAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IndesignAdobe IllustratorGraphic DesignAdobe Acrobat
Project and Program ManagementProject ManagementSchedulingAutoCADBudgetingSpreadsheets
Human ResourcesOnboardingProject ManagementSchedulingLeadership DevelopmentCustomer Service
Science and the EnvironmentChemistryBiologyPhysicsMathematicsExperiments
HealthcarePatient CarePhysical DemandCustomer ServicePublic Health and SafetyCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Education and Human ServicesFundraisingSocial MediaTeachingEvent PlanningPhysical Demand
Database AdministrationData ManagementSQLJAVADatabase ManagementPython
IT SupportInformation SecurityComputer EngineeringJAVALINUXProject Management
Economics and PolicyEconomicsMathematicsBusiness AdministrationData AnalysisProject Management
LegalLegal ComplianceLegal ResearchLitigationCustomer ServiceBudgeting
RetailRetail SettingMerchandisingSalesStore ManagementPhysical Demand
Event PlanningEvent PlanningSocial MediaMarketingProject ManagementFundraising
Architecture and Structural DesignRevitAutoCADAdobe PhotoshopAdobe IndesignGoogle SketchUp
Skills listed here are top demanded specialized skills by each internship category.
Scott Bittle is Director of Communications at Burning Glass Technologies.