ERIC Number: ED422937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Do I/S Students Value Internship Experiences?
Schambach, Thomas P.; Kephart, David
Internships are often put off until late in some students' programs of study. Furthermore, some academics are said to be reluctant to accept the legitimacy of applied work programs and thus cooperative education programs are not offered in some curriculums. This study invited students finishing their internship experiences to reflect on the legitimacy of internships as a method to prepare students for careers as computing professionals. The student subjects in this research were all computing majors (Computer Science, Information Systems, Telecommunications). The results reported in this study are based on two data collection methods. Fixed format scaled responses from a small sample were used to gather and analyze description statistics of graduating interns' perceptions. In addition, open format responses were evaluated, coded, and summarized from a larger super-set sample. Student responses were strongly favorable concerning their internship experiences. Most students described the internship as a great experience that had a major impact on their learning and on their understanding of real world issues and environments. Surveyed students overwhelmingly recommended that other students get involved in cooperative education opportunities. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management Annual Conference (12th, Atlanta, GA, December 12-14, 1997); see IR 057 067.