The academic value of internships: benefits across disciplines and student backgrounds

Binder, J.F. ORCID: 0000-0002-1083-7109, Baguley, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-0477-2492, Crook, C. and Miller, F., 2015. The academic value of internships: benefits across disciplines and student backgrounds. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 41. ISSN 0361-476X


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While student benefits from internship experience have been frequently documented in research, the emphasis has been on internship effects on employment and career indicators. This work is concerned with effects on academic outcomes and focuses on the robustness of such effects across academic disciplines as well as for different achievement levels of students, student gender, and ethnicity. We present findings from a longitudinal sample (n > 15,000) that covers an extensive range of subjects and disciplines for large Undergraduate cohorts. Main effects and interactions for student background characteristics were investigated showing stable academic benefits for advantaged and disadvantaged students. Further, using ordinal logistic multi-level modelling, we explored the impact on the probability of attaining a higher degree classification for different student scenarios, thus illustrating the practical significance of these internship effects. Effects are less likely to stem from maturation or self-selection. Findings are therefore discussed against a background of motivational approaches suitable to integrate both direct and indirect paths from internship experience to academic outcomes to career indicators.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Contemporary Educational Psychology
Creators: Binder, J.F., Baguley, T., Crook, C. and Miller, F.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2015
Volume: 41
ISSN: 0361-476X
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:52
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2020 15:10

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