ERIC Number: ED275364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Design, Implementation and Evaluation Plan of an Internship Program in Business-French at Holy Family College.
Veitz, M. Frances
A study was conducted at Holy Family College (Pennsylvania) to assist in the development of an internship program, making practical and relevant use of the French language, as the capstone of a new degree program in Business-French. The study involved a survey of 160 local corporations with subsidiaries in France or French-speaking countries, government agencies, and service organizations for foreign visitors or students. A questionnaire was developed to gather information on the companies' current or projected need for bilingual employees, functional areas of employment, French language proficiency and areas of skills desired, and interest in offering training and supervision for student interns. Survey findings, based on responses from 113 firms, included the following: (1) approximately half of the respondents indicated a current as well as projected need for bilingual employees (French/English) with academic preparation in business administration; (2) the functional areas of business in which bilingual employees were generally utilized were marketing, secretarial/clerical, administrative services, and finance; (3) government agencies most frequently used bilingual employees in the laws and regulations department, while service agencies indicated that their greatest needs were in secretarial/clerical work, escorting foreign visitors, and providing housing services for foreign students; (4) the language proficiency level most desired by the respondents was "professional"; (5) employees were most likely to use their language skills in translating letters and documents, reading technical documents, and interpreting spoken language; and (6) 57 of the firms were willing to offer support services for a beginning internship program. Given support from the business community and the college administration, further steps were taken in the development of the internship program. The study report includes a literature review on internship programs, foreign language teaching, and language skill job qualifications, along with an extensive bibliography and the survey instrument. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Holy Family Coll., Philadelphia, PA.