Assessment of Student Learning in a Business Internship
This research examines how best student learning in business internships may be examined, given the potential for significant variability in student experiences. It argues that the internship provides a space for learning which falls outside of the structured education setting, and that the work undertaken by students is variable in nature. It seeks to develop an assessment model which accounts for the inherent complexities of the internship experience.
A participatory action research methodology was adopted. data were collected by way of questionnaires, interviews, observations, and document analysis. The development, introduction and evaluation of a new assessment model for a business degree internship was arrived at by way of collaborative enquiry between the researcher and the practitioner (the business internship assessment co-ordinator).