Exploitation or opportunity?: student perceptions of internships in enhancing employability skills

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Author: O'Connor, Henrietta; Bodicoat, Maxine


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. [The authors] conclude that higher education institutes need to be more proactive in extolling the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Workforce development; Students; Skills and knowledge; Equity

Keywords: Graduates; Internship; Employability; Perception; Social mobility

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 38

Journal number: 4

Journal date: 2017

Pages: pp. 435-449

ISSN: 0142-5692, 1465-3346 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.192

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