June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Cooperative & Experiential Education
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Optimizing Summer Internships Summer immersive experiences provide students the opportunity to explore the limits oftheir engineering education and develop a depth in a field of study. For institutions that centrallymanage these experiences ranging from experiments conducted at other academic locations, toresearch and development with industry partners, to procurement and development withgovernment laboratories and program offices, it can be difficult to ensure that all participants arereceiving quality experiences. A survey had previously been conducted to capture the value ofstudent’s summer immersive experience based on ABET Student Outcomes. Much of the dataproved inconclusive due to the structure of the questions. However the data was used a baselinefor follow on research and guided the development of future surveys. Following the summer of 2013, a new survey was conducted of students majoring inaeronautical, electrical, and mechanical engineering at three different liberal arts colleges whohad participated in institution-sponsored immersive experiences. The goal of the survey was todetermine why students chose their summer experiences, what made these experiencessuccessful, and how to improve experiences in the future to maximize return on investment.Success was measured not just in whether they experienced the ABET Student Outcomes (a)-(k)but to what level they were challenged in those domains. The results of the survey will be usednext summer to influence which experiences are offered and refine how cadets are paired with asummer experience.
Thomas, H. J., & Nowatkowski, M., & Hoyer, B. K., & Benson, M. J., & Floersheim, B., & Luznik, L., & Anderson, W., & Condly, S. J. (2014, June), Optimizing Summer Externships Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22893
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