June 15, 2014
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Cooperative & Experiential Education
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The Influence of Internship Participation on Construction Industry Hiring Professionals When Selecting New Hires and Determining Starting Salaries for Construction Engineering GraduatesThe construction industry has experienced great change over the past twenty years due toeconomic conditions, the incorporation of innovative project delivery methods and an increaseduse of technology throughout the development of projects. In response to these changes,employers are beginning to place more emphasis on what recent graduates have to offer theircompanies including hands on experience within the construction industry.Construction engineering education curriculums are designed to help students become ready tofill open positions in the industry. Many of these curriculums have little flexibility for coursesthat extend beyond the existing paradigm of the traditional classroom. Students need to have anopportunity to apply classroom content in real world settings. Internship participation offersstudents an alternative way to learn as they construct their own knowledge by applyingclassroom content in real world applications. Some construction engineering academic programsrequire participation in an internship for program completion. Other construction engineeringacademic programs do not make participation in an internship mandatory and instead offer it asan optional part of the student experience.This paper discusses findings from data collected in a survey administered to constructionindustry hiring professionals, including human resource personnel, company executives, projectmanagers who field resumes at job fairs, and superintendents involved in the recruitment of newhires. This survey was created to provide a clear understanding of how internship participation isperceived within the industry, and how industry characterizes the factors that lead to a student’ssuccess. The survey collected both qualitative and quantitative data allowing participants toprovide open responses as well as selection from multiple choice listings. The responsesprovided on this survey assisted with understanding the value industry places on the studentinternship experience as well as to determine the level of participation they desire within thatrelationship.
Short, K. M., & Pearce, A. R., & Fiori, C. M., & Bulbul, T., & McCoy, A. (2014, June), The Influence of Internship Participation on Construction Industry Hiring Professionals When Selecting New Hires and Determining Starting Salaries for Construction Engineering Graduates Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23158
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