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ERIC Number: ED458359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan