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ERIC Number: EJ789393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Utilizing the Stages of Internship to Help Students Transition from Interns to Health Education Professionals
Carson, Lynn; Bill, Debra
Health Educator, v35 n2 p9-15 Fall 2003
The health education internship may be a life changing experience that provides students with opportunities to move from the academic world to the professional world. To help students better understand the transition between these two worlds this article will describe the Stages of Internship developed by Sweitzer and King (1994, 1995, 1999) and how this organizational framework for stage management was adapted for use in an undergraduate health education internship program at West Chester University. The Stages of Internship focuses on five predictable stages students encounter during internships. These stages include: anticipation, disillusionment, confrontation, competence, and culmination. The Stages of Internship serves as a framework for identification of each stage as it relates to student development throughout the internship experience. It is important for faculty and internship supervisors to be able to develop strategies to manage each stage during the internship experience and provide students with appropriate guidelines for transitioning through the internship stages. Guidelines are presented on effective stage management strategies and practical knowledge needed to help students understand the stages of change. A greater understanding of the Stages of Internship enables health education professionals to help students build skills to transition successfully from one stage to another therefore providing a strong foundation for future career development. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania