The purpose of this study is to evaluate employer perceptions regarding the value of internships and to determine the role of company size in internship recruitment and/or placement. This study provides a much-needed employer viewpoint of the role of experiential education in undergraduate and graduate education, as well as offering researchers valuable insight into the needs and hiring practices of employers. Three research questions guided this study: Is there a relationship between company size and internship value in recruitment and/or placement, is there a relationship between company size and the value of internships in recruitment and/or placement opportunities for full-time hiring, and Is there a relationship between company size and perceived value if the prior experience is unpaid? Employer members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) were invited to participate; n = 264 with a return rate of 8.51 percent. A correlation research design was used to determine if a relationship existed between large and small companies and their value of experiential education as it relates to hiring. Spearman rho was used to provide the statistical analysis. Empirical results indicated there was a slight correlation among large and small companies in regard to the value they placed on internships as a prerequisite in their field, when considering applicants for fulltime hires, and when evaluating whether the experiential learning experience was paid or unpaid. Additionally, employers indicated that experiential learning opportunities such as internships or co-ops are increasing in value in recruitment and /or placement for their industries. For example, nearly 70 percent of employers indicated internships or co-ops should be a part of graduation requirements for students thus, suggesting the increased value companies are placing on internships. Internships and co-ops have become a standard for industries. Employers suggested the value of experiential learning in the recruitment and placement of applicants is a highly desired component of an applicant's credentials.
|School:||Delta State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher Education Administration, School administration, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Correlational Value, Employer Viewpoint, Experiential Education, Internship Value, Internships, Recruitment Value|
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