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MBA Interns Seeking Job Offers Breathe a Sigh of Relief

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where about 60 percent of 2012 summer interns are expected to receive job offers from their internship employers
The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where about 60 percent of 2012 summer interns are expected to receive job offers from their internship employersPhotograph courtesy of University of Virginia

In a year when many business schools were expecting the worst, the number of second-year MBA students returning from their summer internships with jobs offers in hand appears to be holding steady with last year’s recruiting season, according to career officers at some of the country’s leading MBA programs.

Of the top 30 U.S. MBA programs contacted by Bloomberg Businessweek, six said that internship-to-job conversion rates are about the same or better than a year earlier, while eight others said they anecdotally expect the number of job offers to be similar or slightly improved. The remaining schools said they don’t have the data available yet, or that they don’t collect this information.