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New Research on Internships and Experiential Learning Programs

Academic journal article Peer Review

New Research on Internships and Experiential Learning Programs

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We know anecdotally that internships and other experiential learning activities foster student success in the classroom and in students' future work endeavors, but what does research say about student's experiential learning activities? Below are findings from studies by three groups - the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACSiU) - that document students' experiences and employers'

NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (NSSE)

* More than half ( 52 percent) of all senior respondents have participated in a practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment.

* More than a third of all senior respondents (42 percent) in the NSSE 2009 survey have talked about career plans with a faculty member or adviser.

* Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all senior respondents perceive that they acquire job or work-related knowledge or skills in college.

* Nearly half of all senior respondents (48 percent) report that their college experiences contributed to their knowledge, skills, and ability to contribute to the welfare of their community.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND EMPLOYERS (NACE)

* Employers taking part in the NACE 2010 Internship Survey reported that 44.6 percent of their Class of 2009 hires came from their own internship programs.

* The study also found that 42.3 percent of the seniors who had internship experience and applied for a job received at least one job offer.

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (AAC&U)

* Nearly three-quarters of employers (73 percent) surveyed would like colleges and universities to emphasize more the ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships or other handson experiences (How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today's Global Economy? …

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