The relationship between internship experience and liberal arts students' career competencies

Open Access
Author:
Chen, Fen
Graduate Program:
Counselor Education
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
March 16, 2015
Committee Members:
  • Jolynn Carney, Dissertation Advisor
  • Jerry G Trusty, Committee Chair
  • Edgar Paul Yoder, Committee Member
  • Jeff Garis, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • liberal arts students
  • internship
  • career competencies
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to examine the relation between internship experience and liberal arts students’ career competencies, as compared with liberal arts students who have not had any internship experience. In addition, this study was also aimed to identify the components of an effective internship. The results showed that internship experience, whether alone or in combination with previous work experience, is associated with higher levels of career competencies on the following dimensions: self-knowledge, goal setting and career planning, career related skills, career guidance and networking, knowledge of office politics, and feedback seeking and self-presentation. In addition, intern initiative, mode of learning, relationship with supervisors and monetary compensation are positively related to changes in the seven dimensions of career competencies: self-knowledge, goal setting and career planning, career related skills, career guidance and networking, knowledge of office politics, job-related performance effectiveness, and feedback seeking and self-presentation.