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ERIC Number: ED161812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Undergraduate Internships for Social Science Majors: Development and Longitudinal Evaluation of a Model Program.
Rosmann, Michael R.
This program report traces the development of the University of Virginia's undergraduate internship program. The original internship program was established in 1973 to provide social science majors, chiefly psychology majors, with opportunities to apply academically derived knowledge and skills in community service areas. Funded by a federal ACTION grant, the program placed 85 students for 12-month tenures at 28 community agencies oVer a three-year interval. Upon termination of federal funding in 1976, a state-funded program was initiated to coordinate internships for approximately 30 psychology and 20 sociology majors annually at 29 community agencies. The second program was designed to correct several shortcomings revealed from an evaluation of its predecessor. The results of two separate evaluations--one of the first federally-funded internship program and one of the current state-funded program--are presented in this report. The evaluation of the current program shows that many positive results of the first internship program are still being experienced. Interns rate themselves as significantly more fulfilled, active, worthwhile, and possessing a more broadened outlook on life than students who have not participated in the program. The interns are more sure of their career choices. In addition, the interns' grade point averages improved more during their internship year than did those of other psychology and sociology majors. (RM)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Services, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Majors (Students), Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Relevance (Education), School Community Programs, Social Sciences, Sociology, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Dr. Michael Rosmann, Department of Psychology, Gilmer Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 (free)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Document not available in hard copy from EDRS due to poor reproducibility of original document; Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Washington, D.C., March, 1978)