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ERIC Number: ED263648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
A National Survey of Internships in Speech Communication.
Mason, Gail
A survey was completed by 197 college and university speech communication departments concerning their speech internship programs. Survey items asked about institution size, number of majors/minors in the department, existence of an intern program, general standards, credit hour issues, placement, intern responsibility, and faculty role. The results yielded by the survey included the following: (1) most internships take place in large schools with an ample number of majors and minors; (2) most programs placed 1 to 10 interns per year; (3) the internship was not a required course for most speech curricula, and the interns were seldom paid for their work in the various agencies; (4) placements were usually in the campus town, although, not necessarily on campus, and most internships occurred during the academic year; (5) there was little agreement concerning the number of hours interns should work per week to earn credit, with just over half agreeing that the student should put in 10 hours of work for 1 to 3 hours of credit; (6) interns generally received between 1 and 6 hours of academic credit; (7) a faculty member designated as coordinator usually supervised the program; (8) students were usually evaluated by both the on-site supervisor and the intern coordinator; (9) most coordinators required the interns to document their work experiences and write a final report or give some particular presentation; and (10) there was a relationship between institution size and type of placement. The survey instrument containing a breakdown of responses is appended. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A