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ERIC Number: ED363566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Pages: 33
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Women's Leadership Roles and Washington Internships.
Casamayou, Maureen Hogan; Mikhalevsky, Nina
The purpose of this paper is to explore the value of experiential education in the context of Washington internships and to consider the importance of role mentoring for female students in political science. The central question for this paper is whether the presence of female leadership role models and mentors in Washington internship programs offer more advantages (such as better job opportunities, a greater job satisfaction, and greater personal growth) for female students than if such students had interned with male leadership role models and mentors. To approach this question requires an examination of the nature of role models and mentors in Washington internships as these relate to the issue of gender inequity in female education. The document considers experiential education in general including a brief history and examination of its various forms. In particular it examines the purported theoretical goals of internships and then reviews some of the typical internship programs in Washington, D.C. The paper is structured as a speculative inquiry that raises more questions than it answers. The paper argues that female students arrive with documented disadvantages from the coeducational system. Although experiential education, and internship in particular, are valuable for all students, the structure of the internship and the internship with a woman leader, appears to address some very specific needs of the female student. Placing young women in a professional environment with other successful women will maximize opportunities for gender specific role modeling and mentoring based on shared experiences. (DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia