Notes in the Margins: Internships, career services and illegal immigrants

Giving Credit, but Is It Due? Why would companies care about college credit? Because employers, students and colleges have all been caught in the complex web of credentialing, job training and financial self-interest that increasingly characterizes American higher education. (The New York Times)

20 companies that pay interns really, really well College Yesterday, Business Insider ran an interesting article detailing how much money interns are paid at some top tech companies. The opening paragraph pretty much sums it up: “If you intern for a high-profile tech company, you can make more money than the average US citizen.” (USA Today)

Neighboring states differ in policies for undocumented students Illegal immigrants face considerable differences in financial-aid policies in Arizona and California. (USA Today)

As grads seek jobs, universities cut career services Last year, the budget of the average college career office dropped by nearly 16 percent, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The number of job-hunting workshops and internship placements that universities provide has also fallen. The average college career counselor today serves 1,645 students, and on campuses with enrollments of more than 20,000, the ratio is one to an unwieldy 5,876. (The Hechinger Report via NAICU)

How Spending More on Academics Can Actually Hurt College Enrollment You’ve probably heard of college described as little more than a “party,” or perhaps as a “country club” where the emphasis is on socializing and top-notch campus amenities, not studying and a top-notch academic environment. It turns out there is good reason why many colleges today put more focus on fun. (Time via NAICU)