Internships: Theory and Practice

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Fitchburg State College, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 166 pages
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"Internships: Theory and Practice" focuses on the history, theory, value, design, administration, and evaluation of professional internships as an educational experience for college students. Internships are guided, pre-professional experiences that combine academic and professional components as a managed transition to professional careers. Touted by many as an educational innovation for the 21st century, internships (or experiential learning, or apprenticeships, as they once were called) have been a staple of professional preparation for centuries, dating back at least to the earliest documentation in the Middle Ages and no doubt far beyond that.Charles Sides and Ann Mrvica trace this history through primary sources to explore the development of internship experiences over the past 800 years, create an introduction to the topic of internships, and provide a foundation for modern college-corporation partnerships in professional education and training. The authors present specific guidelines and discussions on issues important to corporations, in terms of providing for internship experiences; issues important to colleges, in terms of designing and evaluating internships; and issues important to students, in terms of participating in and learning from internships.

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Ann Mrvica, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Communications Media at Fitchburg State College, where she supervises interns. She is an award-winning video producer with a background in corporate communications. Mrvica came to her teaching position at Fitchburg as a result of hosting interns in the business sector and so provides a unique perspective for this text. Charles H. Sides, Ph.D., directs the Internship Program for the Department of Communications Media at Fitchburg State College. He has published eight books and more than two dozen refereed articles on a wide range of technical and professional communications issues. He serves as executive editor of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, a leading international scholarly journal in its field, and is editor of the Baywood Technical Writing Book Series. An active consultant to defense, high-tech, and publications industries, Sides has worked with clients across the United States, as well as in the Middle East and Far East.

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