Designing internships: Student demographics and student motivation

Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

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Title Designing internships: Student demographics and student motivation
Creator Åmo, Bjørn W.
Subject — internship; work practice; entrepreneurship; business student; motivation.
Description Background: Internships as a means for learning and job training are increasingly getting traction among universities and policymakers. Still, we do not know what motivates students to undertake such external experimental learning arrangements.Aim: This study reveals students’ motivation for engaging in two different internships design.Setting: We explore the motivation among Norwegian bachelor and master business students for engagement in internships locally and abroad.Methods: This is a quantitative study where 244 students responded to our survey. The students themselves provided input on the survey topics. We applied t-tests, correlations, and regressions to analyse the data.Results: Demographical variables as well as motivational factors influence the student’s preferences regarding internships.Conclusion: The complexity and design inherent in the internship are accepted by the student depending on their family situation, their job experience and their learning expectations.Contribution: Internships are not a one-size-fits-all. The students’ family situation, their previous work experience and their academic achievements give hints to what the student looks for in an internship: a local internship offering future job opportunities or an international internship promising greater learning opportunities.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-07-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajesbm.v15i1.650
Source The Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; Vol 15, No 1 (2023); 10 pages 2071-3185 2522-7343
Language eng
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