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Examining Outcomes Data from an Undergraduate Internship Program

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Stops and Starts in the Development of Cooperative Education Programs

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Cooperative & Experiential Education

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25.596.1 - 25.596.8



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Bryan E. Dansberry NASA Johnson Space Center

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Bryan Dansberry has been involved in experiential education for nearly 30 years as a co-op student, mentor, professor, and now internship Project Manager. As a member of ASEE, he has served actively in the leadership of the Cooperative and Experiential Education Division.

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Examining Outcomes Data from an Undergraduate Internship ProgramAbstractIn 2008 NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) implemented an end-to-endon-line database system to manage internship processes from application and selection throughnear-term evaluation and long-term retention outcomes. From 2008 through 2011 this databasehas documented over 10,000 applicants and 1,300 STEM internship experiences.This paper presents findings from the analysis of this database, including information oncognitive and affective learning outcomes, post-graduation retention including career andacademic choices, and employer return-on-investment metrics. Context for the data presentedand it’s implications will be generated using student and mentor comments, stories, and video.

Dansberry, B. E. (2012, June), Examining Outcomes Data from an Undergraduate Internship Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21353

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