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Exploitation or opportunity? Student perceptions of internships in enhancing employability skills

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posted on 30.04.2019, 14:22 authored by Henrietta O'Connor, Maxine Bodicoat
Internships are now widely promoted as a valuable means of enhancing graduate employability. However, little is known about student perceptions of internships. Drawing on data from a pre-1992 university, two types of graduate are identified: engagers and disengagers. The engagers valued internship opportunities while the disengagers perceived these roles as exploitative and worthless. Few were able to distinguish paid, structured internship opportunities from unpaid, exploitative roles. We conclude that higher education institutes need to be more proactive in extolling the value of paid internships to all students and not just those most likely to engage with their services.

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Citation

British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017, 38 (4), pp. 435-449 (15)

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Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

British Journal of Sociology of Education

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

0142-5692

eissn

1465-3346

Acceptance date

23/09/2015

Copyright date

2016

Available date

30/04/2019

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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01425692.2015.1113855

Language

en