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ERIC Number: ED315826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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The Importance of Internship Experiences to Undergraduate Communication Students.
Seibert, Joy Hart; Sypher, Beverly Davenport
Participation in an internship program offers many benefits to an undergraduate communication student. First, it allows a student to both make and develop professional contacts. Second, both full and part-time employment offers become available. Third, students can develop greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses. Fourth, students can refine their career goals. Internship programs also hold benefits for the field supervisors and sponsoring organizations, such as providing motivated workers at no or relatively low cost to an organization and furnishing the opportunity to train possible future employees for the organization. Participation in internship programs allows the field supervisor and organization to maintain a working relationship with the university in which the students are enrolled. In several cases, special projects can be accomplished more inexpensively by using student expertise. Departments and universities benefit by providing a different mode of career education to their students and attracting attention to and the enrollment of majors in the department. Administration of the internship also keeps faculty in touch with the needs of the working world. At one large Southern university, student eligibility for internships is determined by the major and minor of the student, grade point average, and participation in the pre-major requirements. Interested students follow specific procedures to enter the program and to meet the internship requirements. Students are enrolled on a pass/fail basis. The grade is determined by the use of a journal kept by the student, a final paper analyzing communication in the organization, and a written evaluation by the field supervisor. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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