WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO STUDENTS OF ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS?
Academic internships may:
- Stimulate critical thinking and problem solving.
- Allow students to apply what they have been taught in practical situations.
- Help students demonstrate personal responsibility.
- Promote ethical insights.
- Develop oral and written communication skills.
- Increase discipline-based knowledge and understanding.
- Gain an appreciation of creative and decision-making processes in an applied setting.
- Function effectively in situations where teamwork is necessary.
- Develop self-discipline, self-reliance, and a professional attitude.
- Explore and clarify goals related to his/her academic major and potential career.
- Gain practical experience.
- Build skills in managing time and organizing tasks.
- Develop self-assessment skills.
- Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors, and potential references.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO FACULTY MEMBERS OF SUPERVISING ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS?
Academic internships may assist a faculty member to:
- Keep abreast of changing needs and issues within career fields.
- Interact with professionals in fields which students are preparing to enter.
- Evaluate curriculum and instruction.