The Supervised Management Internship: A Job or Learning Experience

Robert D. Lynch

Abstract


The role of the internship has become increasingly important in the career development of students interested in a career in business. This paper explores the increased emphasis being placed upon the internship by colleges, students and employers. Colleges are promoting the internship as an important feature of their curriculum. Students believe that it enhances their resumes and employers use internships to prescreen new hires. Guidelines for an internship program designed specifically for students interested in careers in management are presented. Details of the academic assignments that are required during the internship are provided along with results of student assessments of learning achieved during the internship.

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