ERIC Number: ED481733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Student Perceptions of Internship Experiences.
Schambach, Thomas P.; Dirks, Jim
Internships are often omitted from or put-off until late in some students' programs of study. Some academics are reluctant to accept the academic legitimacy of applied work programs, thus cooperative education programs are not offered or encouraged in some curriculums. This study invited students finishing their internship experiences to reflect on the legitimacy of internships as a method to enhance their educational experience and to prepare students for careers as computing professionals. The student subjects in this research were all computing majors (Computer Science, Information Systems, Telecommunications). Results reported in this study are based on two data collection methods. Fixed format scaled responses from a small sample (N=70) were used to gather and analyze description statistics of graduating interns' perceptions. In addition, open format responses were evaluated, coded and summarized from a corresponding 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. Respondents overwhelmingly recommended that other students get involved in cooperative education opportunities, preferably early within their major program of study. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management (IAIM) Annual Conference: International Conference on Informatics Education Research (ICIER) (17th, Barcelona, Spain, December 13-15, 2002); see IR 058 850.