Coe College recognized as a Best School for Internships and Best Alumni Network

Princeton Review Best for InternshipsCoe College remains a national leader in student internship and networking opportunities. This commitment to enhancing education with professional experiences and valuable mentorship continues to be nationally recognized, but also pays off for Coe students. For many years nearly 100% of reporting Coe graduates have been employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

This year, The Princeton Review ranked Coe 10th nationally on its list of Best Schools for Internships in the private college category. This is the fourth consecutive year Coe has been ranked in the Top 25 in the internship category, with 10th being its highest ranking. Coe also was ranked 20th nationally for Best Alumni Network for private colleges, which is a new recognition for the college.

Coe is the only Iowa college or university — public or private — to earn rankings in these categories.

The rankings are part of a broader list of the 200 Best Value Colleges compiled by The Princeton Review. The publication evaluates four-year colleges and universities across the country, with the top 200 earning recommendations as offering the best return on investment. Coe made the list once again, which places the college in the top 7% of four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

“Focusing on the student experience and providing the exposure and guidance they need out of the classroom to thrive after graduation is one of our main objectives,” said Interim President David T. Hayes ’93. “I’m pleased our efforts have coincided with these national rankings, but they don’t rival the satisfaction we get from seeing our students enter the world, find success and create positive change.”

Much of Coe’s achievements in connecting students to internships and alumni can be attributed to the vision and development of the C3: Creativity, Careers and Community center. The on-campus resource assists students with career exploration, interviewing, applications and identifying engagement opportunities.

“The opportunities to engage with professionals outside of campus is a decided advantage for our students. I’m grateful to all our alumni, community members and business partners for the role they play in providing these experiences for our Kohawks,” Hayes said.

Coe guarantees each student access to an internship, research or off-campus study before graduation. The Cedar Rapids metro area provides hundreds of internship possibilities, including with Fortune 500 companies, but Coe students also engage with national companies and organizations like Google, the Chicago Board of Trade and the United States Senate.


Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe’s vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.

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