Availability of internships
From the companies’ perspective, more than four out of five (86.9 percent) respondents claimed that their companies “always have interns”, this was followed by a small number (5.4 percent) who said they do have interns but “not always”, 3.3 percent said they don’t have interns but are “planning to start”, and only 4.4 percent said they are “not interested” in having interns.
Nearly eight out of 10 respondents surveyed (78.1 percent) said that there are “enough internship opportunities available” in the Middle East region. Only 21.9 percent of respondents disagree with this statement. In fact, more than seven out of ten respondents (73.1 percent) found an internship in their country of residence “easily” as students, compared 26.9 percent who felt that it was difficult to find an internship.
There is always room for improvement, nonetheless. Almost all (98.8 percent) of those surveyed believe companies should work with universities to create more internship programs, compared to just 1.2 percent who disagreed.
Governments seem to have a big role as well. 97.4 percent of those surveyed agreed that local governments should encourage and support developing internship programs, compared to just 2.6 percent that disagreed.