ERIC Number: EJ868761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Technical Communication Internship Requirements in the Academic Economy: How We Compare among Ourselves and across Other Applied Fields
Savage, Gerald J.; Seible, Marcea K.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v40 n1 p51-75 2010
This article reports a study of internship requirements in technical communication programs compared with three established professions and one emerging profession that have certification or licensing requirements for practitioners. The study addresses three questions about technical communication internship programs: 1) Are internships offered as a way to fulfill program academic credit requirements? 2) If internships are offered, are they required or elective? 3) What are the minimum/maximum academic credits allowed for internships toward fulfillment of program requirements and the number of workplace hours of internship required? To answer these questions we focused on three elements of internship program management: academic credits, workplace hours per academic credit, and total workplace hours required. Our findings indicate that there is considerable disparity for these factors among programs in our field and that we lack criteria similar to those used in established professions for internships.
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Internship Programs, Credits, Working Hours, Comparative Analysis, Certification
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