The summer internship hiring season is just beginning at many business schools and already things are looking up for first-year MBA students, according to the latest survey from the MBA Career Services Council.
Of the B-school career officers surveyed, 81 percent said they expected internship hiring to improve, up from 60 percent in 2009. The improved economic outlook is also boding well for other key hiring indictors like on-campus recruiting and full-time job postings, according to the survey, conducted this December at 79 public and private business schools worldwide.
In the latest survey, 63 percent of schools reported an increase in full-time on-campus recruiting, a sharp contrast from last year when 79 percent said they saw a decline in the number of recruiters visiting. Another bright spot? Full-time job postings are making a comeback, with 70 percent of schools reporting a spike in postings; last year at this time, 48 percent reported a decrease in this area.
The encouraging hiring picture comes as business schools have changed some of the tactics they use to help students find employment. For example, this year 64 percent of schools said they saw an uptick in direct referrals of students to employers. Additionally, 58 saw an increase in alumni-initiated hiring of students...