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Master's and Undergraduate Industrial/Organizational Internships: Data-based Recommendations for Successful Experiences
Teaching of Psychology
  • Elizabeth L. Shoenfelt
  • Janet L. Kottke
  • Nancy J. Stone, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Internships play a vital role in the education of master's and undergraduate-level industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology students, providing applied learning experiences in organizational settings under qualified supervision. This article presents results collected from surveys of organizational hosts and interns. It addresses locating sites for internships, ensuring an appropriate experience, and the responsibilities of organizational hosts. The authors describe the responsibilities of faculty and students, student competencies, and evaluation of student performance in providing a meaningful internship experience. They provide suggestions for yielding productive and useful internship experiences for master's I/O students with particular attention on the development of an appropriate internship site and framing requirements with the organizational host. They recommend strategies and techniques for monitoring and evaluating the I/O intern.
Psychological Science
Keywords and Phrases
  • Graduate Education,
  • I/O Psychology,
  • Internships,
  • Practicum,
  • Undergraduate Education
Document Type
Article - Journal
Document Version
File Type
© 2012 SAGE Publications Inc., All rights reserved.
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Citation Information
Elizabeth L. Shoenfelt, Janet L. Kottke and Nancy J. Stone. "Master's and Undergraduate Industrial/Organizational Internships: Data-based Recommendations for Successful Experiences" Teaching of Psychology Vol. 39 Iss. 2 (2012) p. 100 - 106 ISSN: 986283
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