Successful internship programs offer benefits to both the
intern and the employing organization. Organizations benefit from fresh
perspectives and cutting-edge research. Internships also provide organizations
with a means for giving back to the educational community. Additionally,
many interns are able to make substantive contributions to the work of the
organizations and often provide a much needed extra pair of hands.
Interns, on the other hand, are given the opportunity to explore applied areas
of I-O psychology during their internships, gain valuable work experience,
expand their professional networks, and further develop their technical and
business skills. While internships offer benefits to both the intern and
organization, in order to be truly successful, both must be prepared for the
demands of the internship.
The goal of this survey was to identify the common
characteristics of internships and to offer practical guidance for graduate
students seeking these experiences. If you are a graduate student seeking an
internship in I-O psychology, we hope these results will help you prepare for
The Internship Subcommittee is investigating internships
for high school and undergraduate students in areas related to I-O psychology.
Look for information on these applied experiences in a future issue of TIP.
Finally, we want to thank Bill Macey and Personnel
Research Associates, Inc. for allowing us to use SurveySage, their
computerized survey builder tool, to administer this survey.
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