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ERIC Number: ED138515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Academics and Practical Geographic Education.
Heiges, Harvey E.
An internship program is described in which geography undergraduates and graduate students receive on-the-job career training as well as academic training. This particular program was begun in 1969 at San Diego State University to help geography students relate their academic training to practical job experiences and to help them obtain meaningful employment after graduation. Urban studies, transportation and environmental specialities, and physical geography seem to be areas best suited for the program. Students earn three units of academic credit for working at least 12 hours each week per semester for agencies that have jobs relevant to the students' backgrounds and interests. Typical hiring agencies include city departments of transportation, parks and recreation divisions, and U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Students do not receive a salary, thereby ensuring genuine interest on their part and continued job availability even when hiring agencies face economic uncertainties. In 1975 a survey of former interns was made. Responses indicate that 28% had received job offers directly from agencies with which they had interned, and 50% believe the experience was indirectly responsible for their success in obtaining their first position. The spatial perspective, tools, and techniques of geography training are seen to be valuable in related professional work. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Expanded version of a paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (San Francisco, California, November 24-27, 1976)