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ERIC Number: ED477494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Finding the Future That Fits.
Taylor, Alison
In 2000, a government-supported foundation called Careers the Next Generation (CNG) in Alberta, Canada, began coordinating summer internships for high school students in information and computer technology (ICT). The participating firms represented a mix of large and small private and public organizations in high-tech and other industries in the private and public sectors. A survey was administered to 57 ICT students who were ICT interns in 2001 or 2002. Responses were obtained from 33 interns. Six interns (three males and three females) and five employers, two work experience coordinators, and a representative of CNG were also interviewed. The relationship between the educators and business employers was one of negotiation that included struggles between discourses emphasizing the primacy of learners' needs versus the primacy of employers' needs. Competition for the internship positions was intense, with an average of five students interviewing for each position. Females accounted for only 20% of the interns in 2001 and 17% in 2002. The three male interns interviewed had decided to pursue careers in ICT, whereas the three female interns interviewed had decided to pursue careers outside ICT. The interviews established that the internship program had helped the three male interviewees learn the rules of the game in the workplace. (Contains 9 endnotes and 33 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada