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International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

Vol. 3(4), pp. 76-86. May, 2015.

ISSN: 2360-7866

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2015.022


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Internships Pay Off, Even if Unpaid: Public Health Graduates Well-Equipped to Enter Workforce


Tara L. Crowell, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Public Health, Public Health Internship Coordinator, Stockton University,

101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ  08205-9411, 609 626-6835. E-mail: tara.crowell@stockton.edu


Accepted 19 May 2015



An academic internship is a three-way partnership among an institution of higher education, the internship site, and the student. Internships play an irreplaceable role in academia by providing students hands-on learning opportunities, allowing them to collaborate with faculty, and strengthening ties between colleges and their communities (Westerberg and Wickersham, 2011). The current study’s use of alumni data collected via the internet and emails, to investigate the impact of students’ academic internships on their professional life after college. Specifically, this study focuses on how the internship experience may have impacted students’ career path after college, along with how equipped students were to enter the workforce upon graduation. Results indicate that over the last 7 years, approximately 70% of public health graduates are working in health-related jobs, 21% obtained their first job from their internship site; 28.5% are currently or have pursued advanced degrees; and half of the 16% that are employed in non-health related jobs, are working in fields related to their degree. In light of the debate regarding educational value vs. financial aspects of the academic internship, results from this study help illustrate the invaluable experience that can result from a properly developed and implemented academic internship experience.

Keywords: Academic Internships; Assessment; Public Health Program; Health-Related Careers; College Graduates.


Cite This Article As: Crowell TL (2015). Internships Pay Off, Even if Unpaid: Public Health Graduates Well-Equipped to Enter Workforce. Inter. J. Acad. Res. Educ. Rev. 3(4): 76-86.




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