One hundred twenty one former interns and 78 cooperators returned a survey to determine the effectiveness of the internship program at Colorado State University. The students considered the practical knowledge gained and an increase in self-assurance and maturity as the most beneficial aspects of the internship. Thirty-five percent indicated they were currently employed by the same firms or similar firms as their internship cooperator. Characteristics found by cooperators to be most lacking by CSU students were: related work experience, business and management skills and communication skills. The value of the internship was considered positive by both the student and cooperator and was ranked as an important criteria for selecting an employee.
experiential education, internship programs, work experience, management skills