"...... wanna do a shisha?"
I suspect the results will be better, or maybe similar.
But the topic has put my toes in another pond, which is the general "system" we have of going to school for 4 years and then getting a job. A worthwhile internship just is not part of the equation for many people. By worthwhile I mean something better than working for the canning factory, golf course, or whatever. I'm thinking about internships of substance, where you have real responsibilities and ramifications around them. I'm also thinking about positions that are 6 - 12 months, not the 10 week dance of most summer gigs.
Many of the Europeans I've met do/have not taken this power-through-my-4-years type course, but instead have spent a year on an MC, taken time "off" for a substantial internship, or a combination of both. They finally "finish" college a year or more later than we do in the US, but I would guess come out a much more refined product. And I also have to believe these internships better help them focus their interests in school. Better focus means better motivation and a generally more mature student.
The stigma that not finishing school in 4 years is bad is I think very damaging to our output of quality fresh graduates. Instead of subscribing to the "get in - get out" mentality, we'd do ourselves a much greater justice by including more in this developmental journey than just a few years of sleeping through classes, and maybe a decent 10 week stint before your senior year.
For the record, I'm not saying these opportunities aren't available. I'm saying they need better integration into our programs and a much better story being told to students (i.e. marketing). This requires participation and buy-in from all parties involved; parents, students, academic institutions, employer market, internship/job suppliers, and government jag-offs.
My water is boiling, so I'll stop here for now, but this is what I'm pondering lately while I look zoned out.