ERIC Number: ED318602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Forming Practice & Academic Partnerships in Recruitment of Hispanic Students for the Field of Aging.
The Hispanic elderly population shares a common language and similar belief systems, although the population is comprised of subgroups of various national origins. Hispanic elderly are a rapidly growing proportion of the total Hispanic population, and are also among the most economically, physically, and emotionally vulnerable populations. This paper describes a recruitment program to identify Hispanic college students interested in pursuing a career of service to Hispanic elderly. Four partnerships were established with universities located in regions with high concentrations of Hispanic elderly. The paper describes the 10-week summer internship, a major component of the year-long training program. Students were placed with selected national agencies located in Washington, D.C., such as the U.S. Congress House Select Committee on Aging or the National Hispanic Council on Aging. Goals of the summer internship were to increase students' general knowledge of and interest in gerontology careers. Student interns provided auxiliary staff personnel for selected agencies, increased agencies' awareness of Hispanic elderly needs, and offered opportunities for agencies to interact with each other. The paper describes orientation, placement activities, seminars, student program evaluations, and program implementation. There was consensus among participants and supervisors that such a program should be continued. (DHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Social Workers (San Francisco, CA, October 14, 1989).