Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jack Asher

Second Advisor

Dr. Wayne Fuqua

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard Malott

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The literature concerning how work experience affects personnel selection for recent college graduates is reviewed and found to be unimpressive. This present study was designed to analyze employers' perceptions of work experience when considering recent college graduates for employment. A survey consisting of three resumes was reviewed by 56 small businesses (employing 100 or fewer people). The three resumes differed with respect to one of the part-time jobs: an internship, work related to field of study, or non-related work experience. The results showed that an internship was consistently rated better at the 0.05 level over related/nonintern and non-related work experiences. It is concluded that people which have internships while in college may increase their chances of obtaining a job after graduation.