Design, Sites, and Data Sources
For the evaluation, the research team will conduct descriptive analyses of the students, colleges, and employers participating in the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant program. A total of 33 four-year colleges spread across four states (Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) are participating in the program and evaluation.
Data sources will include periodic progress reports provided by each program college, as well as quantitative information about the characteristics of the internships (for example, the hourly wages, employing organizations, and total number of hours worked). Additional data sources will include two surveys — one of students and one of employers — that will ask respondents about their experiences participating in the program. Public data sources will also be used, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a national postsecondary database administered by the National Center for Education Statistics.