Field Practice (Internships)
Internships help students to apply academic knowledge to solve problems and help them while searching for new jobs. They are typically undertaken by students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field. When students experience a continuous learning environment, they get an opportunity to explore diverse and unexplored contents and have practical experience. Typically, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the intern and the organization. Internships are used to determine if the intern still has an interest in that field after the real-life experience. Work research, virtual research (graduation) or dissertation: are internships mostly done by students who are in their final year of school. The results of the research study will be put in a report and often will have to be presented.
When students are allocated to an internship it is important to
- Observe and obtain information for the internship plan
- Create interaction of the theoretical contents learned with practical work
- Develop practical work and solve problems
- Write the internship report
- Present the outcomes of the internship
- Evaluate the student's performance.
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