ERIC Number: ED209695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Internship Problems and the Academic Advisor's Role.
Hagen, Suzanne J.
As the business world has recognized the practical value of college programs designed to prepare students for careers, internships have begun to receive increasing attention as valuable additions to the speech communication curriculum. To discover the problems both interns and their faculty advisers face during the course of an internship, questionnaires were mailed to internship coordinators at 130 speech departments and to 62 student interns who had been identified on the faculty questionnaire. The questionnaire elicited information concerning task related and intrapersonal and interpersonal problems that occurred most frequently and were perceived as most important. Forms were returned by 55 faculty members and 31 interns. Two problems were consistently ranked high by both faculty members and interns in terms of importance and frequency: insufficient task instruction and insufficient feedback about task performance. In terms of intrapersonal and interpersonal problems, "intern unclear about learning objectives" was ranked as the most frequent and important problem by faculty members and as the most important by interns. Lack of feedback ranked as the next most important and frequent problem from the intern's perspective, and both faculty members and interns felt that job supervisors occasionally failed to solicit feedback from interns. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).