Helping colleges and universities understand and improve equitable access to quality internships.

What is the NSCI?

The National Survey of College Internships (NSCI) is a standardized tool that measures access, value, and effectiveness of undergraduate student internships.

As students and educators alike increase their focus on success beyond graduation, and more schools seek to understand student access to and experience with internships, the 58-item survey provides a robust set of data to help institutions understand the nature and benefits of individuals’ college internship experiences. The resulting Internship Scorecard framework captures three critical elements: (1) purpose and prevalence, (2) quality, and (3) equitable access.  

The results from the NSCI provide meaningful data to support institutional leaders, policy makers, and funders in their efforts to expand equitable access, improve internship programming, and establish baselines to track students’ experiences over time.

The survey was developed by scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is now administered in partnership with Strada Education Foundation. The work originated with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

What You Receive

After fielding the survey, each participating institution receives the following deliverables:

How to Participate

Institutions and organizations can participate in the National Survey of College Internships by contacting or by filling out this form.


To partially offset the costs of administering the survey, reporting, and managing data resources, participating institutions are expected to contribute $4,000.

Privacy and Confidentiality

The survey will be fielded by the University of Wisconsin Survey Research Center. Neither individual nor institutional data will be disclosed outside of providing results back to the participating institution. No personally identifiable information will be retained or used for any purpose other than this survey research project.