Asheville ranked 7th among “2017 Best Cities for Summer Internships”

A report by ranked Asheville seventh in the nation as a “2017 Best City for Summer Internships.” The report looked at data from over 1,122 cities nationwide and ranked cities on criteria such as availability of public transportation and affordable rent.

“Cities that are ideal for students seeking real-world experience are accessible, with available internships, public transportation and low costs of living, since internships are often unpaid or low-paid positions,” says Claire Etheridge, data analysis for “These cities are also good places for interns to find a permanent job; with networking potential, growing economies, low crime and things for young people to do in their free time.”

The cities that made the top 10 percent of the list were spread across the country and tended to be slightly smaller in size, averaging 89,000 residents, the report said.

Cities were evaluated in 11 categories: the number of available internships, networking potential, the city’s skilled workforce, the area’s unemployment rate, cost of living, rent, commute time, public transportation, crime rate, arts, entertainment and recreation facilities and the number of restaurants and bars in the city.

Also in the top 10 cities for summer internships are:

1. Morgantown, W.V.
2. Greenville, S.C.
3. West Des Moines, Iowa
4. Naples, Fla.
5. Neenah, Wisc.
6. Charlottesville, Va.
7. Asheville, N.C.
8. Golden Valley, Minn.
9. Salt Lake City, Utah
10. Portsmouth, N.H.

To see the whole report, visit 2017 Best Cities for Summer Internships. For more information, contact Michelle Billick at

About Molly Horak
Molly is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and writer for Mountain Xpress. Her work has appeared in the Citizen-Times, News and Observer and Charlotte Observer. Follow me @molly_horak

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