ERIC Number: ED337664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Criteria that Will Contribute to a Desirable Industrial Internship Model for the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program at Ferris State University.
Ovans, Gary L.
A study was conducted to determine if the structure and administration of the manufacturing internship of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) program at Ferris State University (FSU) was congruent with commonly accepted practice. It examined whether the current internship design was satisfactory in terms of the perspective of industry and provided insights into program changes that may improve the internship experience. A survey was mailed to 200 industrial manufacturing engineering professionals throughout the state of Michigan. Its 18 items encompassed respondents' demographic characteristics, format of the internship. and respondents' experience with internship programs. A comparison of the MET internship at FSU with the internships of other programs/schools indicated that its criteria fell into a matrix of commonly accepted practice as identified through a literature review. With regard to the relationship with industry, survey results supported what was current practice with the MET internship, with few exceptions. Results confirmed that: (1) industry participants found the current 10-week internship acceptable and would accept a program revision to include a 20-week dual internship; (2) the faculty internship coordinator played only a limited role in interns' onsite activities; (3) compensation should be negotiated between the intern and intern site; and (4) potential sites would be highly receptive to having interns available throughout the year. (Appendixes include 29 references, curriculum requirements, and the instrument.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Engineering, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Literature Reviews, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Models, Program Design, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, State Surveys, Technical Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ferris State University MI