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Industry instructors' perspective on internship implementation strategy

Chun-Chi Lan (Bachelor Program in Interdisciplinary Studies/Bachelor Program in Business and Management, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 28 October 2020

Issue publication date: 17 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The perspectives of industry instructors from a case enterprise were adopted to analyze various contexts of internship implementation and to examine feasible strategies for incorporating internships in the human resource development process.

Design/methodology/approach

A Taiwanese enterprise stationed in China was selected for case study. This study focused on the 2019 summer internship program. Interviews were conducted with 23 industry instructors.

Findings

(1) Units should effectively employ interns by guiding them to learn by doing tasks. (2) Provide training and assign personal industry instructors to guide interns in learning by doing, thereby establishing workplace relationships in advance. (3) High-level leaders and senior managers must pay close attention to internship results and inspire industry instructors and interns to perform internship tasks. (4) Managers of internship units must participate in interviews to select potential employees that satisfy unit requirements. (5) Opportunities for university teachers to interact with enterprises and recommend interested students who learn knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) that fulfill enterprise requirements should be increased.

Practical implications

Enterprises must systematically plan internship tasks, recruitment and selection, as well as practices and reports if they wish to employ interns as potential human resource.

Originality/value

This study used the practical perspectives of industry instructors to establish the contexts and strategies of intern training for human resource development. The results of this study are expected to provide a reference for enterprises in planning internship workplaces and increase their willingness to employ interns.

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Acknowledgements

This study was subsidized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, R.O.C (No. MOST 108-2637-H-224-005). Meanwhile, the case company's assistance during the study was greatly appreciated.

Citation

Lan, C.-C. (2021), "Industry instructors' perspective on internship implementation strategy", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 739-756. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-04-2020-0054

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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