Internships? Or “cooperative employment”?

21 Jan

Here’s an interesting idea: instead of internships, have students work for 6 months in a “cooperative employment” arrangement before graduation. The university arranges the employment; students get paid. In some ways, the EN internship program is moving in this direction for many of the reasons the author mentions, but I’m not sure if we’d want to go as far as Drexel does. The article is written by Drexel’s president–so, beware the biased source. However, the comments following the article provide some critique/balance.

Put Undergraduates to Work, For Their Own Good” (Chronicle of Higher Ed, 1/21/14):
http://chronicle.com/article/Put-Undergraduates-to-Work/144103/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

Thoughts?

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