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Engineering students are particularly interested in attaining internships prior to completing their undergraduate studies. It is generally acknowledged that internships provide critical insight into the nature and demands of engineering roles. However, pre-internship students tend to be apprehensive about how to prepare for the internship opportunity and how to excel when in the position. Students enrolled in a Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) program have both a faculty mentor and an industry mentor, that are important components of a process to infuse intrapreneurial competencies (i.e., entrepreneurship within established firms), in addition to the discipline-specific knowledge and skills provided by an engineering education. The research presented in this paper analyzes data from the students’ perspectives as well as mentors’ perspectives to better understand how the mentoring experience shapes readiness for internships, as well as readiness for employment or further education. Our findings suggest that both students and mentors perceive the mentorship process to be highly beneficial.
Dallas, T., & Greenhalgh-Spencer, H., & Frias, K. (2022, August), The Role of Mentorship in Student Preparation for Impactful Internships Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/40636
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