June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.650.1 - 24.650.16
Graduate Internship/Externship Experiences in NIBIB Funded Graduate Training ProgramsExperiential learning opportunities such as internships and externships are an important part ofgraduate education for many engineering students. Short-term off-campus training experiencescan help students see the ‘real-world’ impact of engineering research and broaden theirunderstanding of their career opportunities. Arguably, internship and externship experiences areparticularly valuable for students in interdisciplinary majors, such as biomedical engineering,which cross more traditional fields and career paths. Thus, interdisciplinary graduate trainingprograms, such as those funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging andBioengineering (NIBIB), often include an internship or externship component as a way to ensurebreadth in the educational program. The purpose of this study is to review the graduate summerinternship/externship practices of NIBIB funded graduate training programs (i.e., T32mechanism). Our review is based on a survey of the principal investigators (program directors)of graduate training programs (T32 sites) currently funded by NIBIB. Examples of factors beingreviewed include: (a) overall goals for the internship/externship; (b) type of internship/externshiphost institution (e.g., company, government lab, academic medical center); (c) duration of theinternship/externship; (d) source of housing and travel financial support for theinternship/externship; (e) policies for ownership of intellectual property generated during theinternship/externship; and (f) assessment methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of theinternship/externship. By comparing internship/externship practices across training programs, wehope to enable training program directors to reduce redundancy in developing policies andprocedures for internships/externships, improve this experience for graduate trainees, andprovide a baseline for internal continuous improvement purposes.
Cousins, M., & Markey, M. K., & Rylander, H. G. (2014, June), Graduate Internship/Externship Experiences in NIBIB Funded Graduate Training Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20541
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