Formalizing Internship Experiences Using High Impact Practices

Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga
Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga

Emerge Faculty Fellow: Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga

Engaging students in activities that provide an avenue to experiment their knowledge and skills is a crucial part of learning and it paves the road to succeed in the work force. This proposal uses some of the high-impact practices grounded in research that have been successful in enabling students to achieve the learning outcomes.

I plan to use high-impact practices such as field experiences to engage students in purposeful activities. Research (Divine et al. (2007), D’Abate et al., 2009, Weible, 2010) and future employers suggests that internships are a crucial part of college experience preparing students to become better at critical thinking. Also in a technology driven world that changes day to day, internships in our field (Information Technology) prepare the student to work with the most current technologies which may not be available in traditional classroom settings and also provide an opportunity for students to join the work force in STEM fields.

I am choosing the capstone course for this proposal so the course methodology can be formalized in its approach and students get exposed to real work environments when they are still in their program of study so they can have:

  • Contact with their peers and instructors to share their knowledge and concerns as they confront new and unique situations;
  • Context to what they learned and a relevance of that material in real world situations; and
  • An opening to employment

High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Internship
  • Field Experience

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