A Comprehensive Evaluation of an Internship Program: A 360-Degree Review Involving Students, Host Organization Supervisors, and Faculty Members

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Authors

  • Pann Yu MON Kaishi Professional University
  • Shuta UENO Kaishi Professional University
  • Gengo SUZUKI Kaishi Professional University
  • Naoyuki KARASAWA Kaishi Professional University
  • Keitaro HORIKAWA Kaishi Professional University
  • Masahiro NISHIKAWA Kaishi Professional University
  • Masahiro AWAJI Kaishi Professional University
  • Tetsuaki ISONİSHI Kaishi Professional University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55549/epess.1413307

Keywords:

Professional Universities, Kaishi Professional University, Intern students

Abstract

In 2017, the School Education Act of Japan introduced a new category of higher education institutions, called "Professional Universities". These institutions are mandated by law to allocate a minimum one-third of the credits necessary for graduation to participate in practical training. During 2022-2023 academic year, the Faculty of Information at Kaishi Professional University (FI/KPU) established a robust internship program. Second-year undergraduate students participated in an internship program for five weeks (equivalent to 150 hours), while third-year students undertook for fifteen weeks (equivalent to 450 hours) with a diverse range of host organizations. The program's goal is to provide students at Kaishi Professional University with real-world exposure, preparing them for successful careers upon graduation. To assess the internship program's performance, the steering committee of internship program collected questionnaire feedback from all stakeholders involved, student interns, host organization supervisors, and faculty members. Analysis of this feedback offers insights into how the internship program influences the professional and personal growth of student interns. This assessment takes the form of a 360-degree review, encompassing perspectives from host organizations, students themselves, and faculty members. The study includes a descriptive analysis examining the correlation between student satisfaction with the internship experience and the host organization's satisfaction with student abilities. The result of this analysis shows how the internship program impacts on professional, personal growth of intern students.

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Published

2023-12-30

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MON, P. Y., UENO, S., SUZUKI, G., KARASAWA, N., HORIKAWA, K., NISHIKAWA, M., … ISONİSHI, T. (2023). A Comprehensive Evaluation of an Internship Program: A 360-Degree Review Involving Students, Host Organization Supervisors, and Faculty Members. The Eurasia Proceedings of Educational and Social Sciences, 33, 47–55. https://doi.org/10.55549/epess.1413307

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