ERIC Number: ED458359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Internship Experience: Linking the University to the Workplace.
Allen, Ann; Kielbaso, Gloria; Dirkx, John M.
The internships and cooperative education experiences offered at Michigan's 15 public universities were examined. The study focused on the following items: the organization of internships and cooperative education experiences on university campuses; ways employers and students access such work-based learning opportunities; the numbers of students who engage in these experiences; and the issues that employers, students, and university personnel face in filling work-based learning positions. Four broad categories of organizational patterns for providing work-based education experiences at the universities were identified: (1) centralized for both internships and cooperative education; (2) centralized for cooperative education only; (3) partially centralized; and (4) decentralized. According to estimates from university personnel, 30%-60% of university students participate in some kind of work-based learning experience during their college career. The following were among the study recommendations for improving coordination and communication of internships and cooperative education within Michigan's university system: (1) develop centralized databases at individual universities to provide the information needed to monitor program development; (2) place work-based learning coordinators across university campuses to meet the needs of individual departments while maintaining a better network for communication and coordination; and (3) develop a statewide network to facilitate coordination of work-based learning experiences among employers, students, and university personnel. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Change Strategies, Cooperative Education, Coordination, Data Collection, Databases, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Enrollment, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Networks, Internship Programs, Needs Assessment, On the Job Training, Program Design, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Placement, Systems Approach, Universities, Work Experience Programs, World Wide Web
Michigan State University, Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education, Attn: Jan Witwer, 230 Erickson, East Lansing, MI 48824 (Catalog no. RR-2: $5). Fax: 517-432-2931; Web site: http://www.mccte.msu.edu/.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan