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ERIC Number: ED316889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Internships: The Use of a Valuable Learning Experience.
Cheslik, Francis E.
The primary responsibility of the communication internship is to provide the opportunity for students to apply classroom learning on the job with academic and the professional guidance. An examination of the internship programs at two universities (university "A" and "B") demonstrates how such programs can become ineffective. Through poor planning, organization, and supervision, all too often interns are treated like new employees doing only one job with minimal, if any, on-site training and supervision, and not enough to justify the academic credits to be earned. If a college or university department of communication, media studies, or broadcasting desires to create an effective internship program that can meet the needs of the student, the university and industry working together must provide the following: (1) the work experience must be real and established by contract; (2) guidance, direction, and support must be provided to the student to insure an educational and professional experience; (3) the internship must be structured to insure a learning experience worthy of the academic credit awarded; and (4) a student counselor/advisor must be appointed to instruct, supervise, and visit the intern on the job to evaluate the experience and to act as an intermediary between the intern, the work supervisor, and the sponsoring company. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A