Perceptions and Expectations: Implications for Construction Management Internships

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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

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Internships are a three-way partnership among university personnel, student interns, and industry sponsors. From this perspective, this article addresses the lack of information available to those developing and sustaining construction management internship programs and provides a countering perspective of both industry sponsors and student interns. Based on a sample of 62 industry internship sponsors and 90 student interns, this article provides insight to the perceptions of these two groups regarding the benefits of an internship to both the industry sponsor and the student intern and their expectations for intern performance and internship program structure. The findings of this research can be used to help how university internship coordinators or program directors organize and market their internship programs to industry internship sponsors, skillfully balancing the needs of academia with those of industry to build lasting partnerships and provide for ongoing internship placements.


This article was originally published in International Journal of Construction Education and Research. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.

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International Journal of Construction Education and Research