In Germany, there also is a debate about whether this truly is a mass phenomenon, and whether the trend of the “permanent intern life” is new or whether interns have simply attributed themselves a catchy name. A study based on 89 companies carried out by the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) shows that 56% of graduates are part of the “intern generation”. Other studies, such as one by the Tertiary Education Information System (HIS) don’t support this thesis, however. This investigation found that in 2004, 16% of business administration graduates, some 25% of social scientists, but fewer graduates from the humanities and very few from computer science or the natural sciences started their careers with internships.
Internships for the masses?