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Student internships bridge research to real world problems

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Title: Student internships bridge research to real world problems
Author: Hynie, Michaela
Jensen, Krista
Johnny, Michael
Wedlock, Jane
Phipps, David
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to evaluate whether unstructured graduate student research internships conducted in collaboration with community agencies build capacity and knowledge for students and community.
 
Design/methodology/approach - The paper reports the results of four semi-structured interviews and 20 pre- and post-internship surveys of students' perceptions of their internship activities; whether participation built research capacity in students and community resulted in the creation of new knowledge and promoted ongoing partnerships and relationships.
 
Findings - Students reported generating concrete outcomes for community partners, the acquisition of new research and professional skills, plus an increased understanding of theoretical knowledge. Many students also maintained ongoing relationships with their organizational partners beyond the terms of their internship.
 
Research limitations/implications - Limitations to this study are the relatively small sample size and reliance on self-report measures. Practical implications - The paper describes a model for student-community engagement that benefits both community and students.
 
Research limitations/implications - Limitations to this study are the relatively small sample size and reliance on self-report measures.
 
Practical implications - The paper describes a model for student-community engagement that benefits both community and students.
 
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Subject: Graduates
Community relations
Knowledge processes
Partnership
Canada
Knowledge mobilization
Knowledge mobilisation
Type: Article
Rights: This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/00400911111102351). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1905913&show=abstract
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/6747
Published: Emerald Group Publishing
Citation: Education and Training (2011) vol. 53, no. 1, p. 45-56
Date: 2011-01

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