Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions
Generating research evidence and tools to help postsecondary institutions create student-centered pathways to post-graduate success.
Our mission at CCWT is to generate evidence, educational programs, and research tools that promote the career development and wellness of students as they seek post-graduate success. In this work we center and amplify the voices and interests of all students, especially those historically marginalized in higher education and the labor market, with the aim to facilitate institutional and societal change.
64% of students who did not take an internship had desired to do so but could not due to scheduling conflicts with work, insufficient pay, and lack of placements in their disciplines.
The College Internship Study
A longitudinal mixed-methods study at 14 campuses across the nation, exploring the impacts of specific features of internships on student success and issues with access/equity
The National Survey of College Internships (NSCI)
The NSCI provides campuses with detailed, robust insights on students experiences with their internship programs
Student Mental Health & Well-Being
The Tuned In Labs is a research-based, student-led series of workshops designed to support the well-being and mental health of college students of color
Student Networks & Cultural Assets
The Networks and Cultural Assets (NCA) project documents career-related networks and community cultural wealth of students of color to inform campus outreach and student services
Climate and Higher Ed
This pilot project is exploring if and how higher education is incorporating climate-related issues into career advising and skills-focused teaching/faculty PD
Career Readiness across the Curriculum
Our work on career readiness aims to help institutions strategize how to embed a culturally responsive focus on skills and career preparedness throughout a student’s entire college experiences
News and Events
Mindi Thompson and Matthew Hora, co-directors of CCWT, have received an $838,959 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
CCWT releases a new paper on unpaid internships at Minority Serving Institutions. Read more here.
Next up in CCWT’s stellar Spring 2023 Seminar Series lineup is Dr. Adrianna Kezar on April 5th at 12 pm CDT!
Recent Blog Posts
Adapting to Culture ShockOctober 25, 2022
- Designing effective internships: A mixed-methods exploration of the sociocultural aspects of intern satisfaction and development
- Gatekeeping at work: A multi-dimensional analysis of student, institutional, and employer characteristics associated with unpaid internships
- Unpaid internships and inequality: A review of the data and recommendations for research, policy, and practice. Policy Brief #2