Internships in marketing: Goals, structures and assessment - student, company and academic perspectives

Alpert, Frank, Heaney, Joo-Gim, & Kuhn, Kerri-Ann (2009) Internships in marketing: Goals, structures and assessment - student, company and academic perspectives. Australasian Marketing Journal, 17(1), pp. 36-45.

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Work-integrated learning in the form of internships is increasingly important for universities as they seek to compete for students, and seek links with industries. Yet, there is surprisingly little empirical research on the details of internships: (1) What they should accomplish? How they should be structure? (3) How students performance should be assess? There is also surprisingly little conceptual analysis of these key issues, either for business internships in general. or for marketing internships in particular. Furthermore, the "answers" on these issues may differ depending upon the perspective if the three stakeholders: students, business managers and university academics. There is not study in the marketing literature which surveys all three groups on these important aspects of internships. To fill these gaps, this paper discusses and analyses internships goals, internship structure, and internship assessment or undergraduate marketing internships, and then reports on a survey of the views of all three stakeholder groups on these issues. There are a considerable variety of approaches for internships, but generally there is consensus among the stake holder groups, with some notable differences. Managerial implication include recognition of the importance of having and academic aspects in internships; mutual understanding concerning needs and constraints; and the requirement that companies, students, and academics take a long-term view of internship programs to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

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ID Code: 29910
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Internships, Marketing Education, Survey Research, HERN
DOI: 10.1016/j.ausmj.2009.01.003
ISSN: 1441-3582
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing not elsewhere classified (150599)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2010 22:00
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 04:31

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