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ERIC Number: ED161818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Internships for the Undergraduate Major at the Liberal Arts College.
Brown, E. Leonard
An undergraduate internship program in the geography department at Wittenberg University, Ohio, is described. During the late 1960s and early 1970s all vocational-type programs at Wittenberg were eliminated except those within education and business departments. However, members of the geography department recently decided to incorporate a field-experience component so that students would be adequately prepared to enter the rapidly changing vocational, technical world. Geography internships were developed in areas of urban planning, cartography, environmental protection, and social action. As a first step, students discuss possible programs with a faculty advisor, meet with former interns, and then contact potential sponsors. Taken as one-third of the academic load, the internships are for one-term duration and cannot be for pay. Students spend between 10 and 15 hours per week on the job. Student evaluation is done weekly by the faculty advisor in consultation with the supervisor at the sponsoring agency. Formal evaluation is based on a required written work diary. Program evaluation involves an informal system of reports by the interns and their supervisors. Two benefits of the internship program have been identified: students benefit from their exposure to the real problems facing community agencies, and graduates entering the job market feel their internships have made them stronger competitors for employment. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 18-21, 1978)