Business Internship Research Paper

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Research in the Major Assignment 100 Points Soon you will be a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles.

You have developed a set of skills and interests over the course of your lifetime. These were developed under a variety of circumstances, some in class, some at home and in relationships with other people, some on sports teams or as a member of other organizations, and some as part of a work environment. Given this set of skills and interests please:


 In consultation with the professor and/or an appropriate consultant develop an appropriate research question, Design a process to answer the research question, Gather the relevant information needed for answering the research question  Analyze the information gathered and apply it to the research question in an effort to identify some conclusions  Determine the validity of the conclusions 

Communicate your thesis, process, information and conclusions in a written project

Consider this a formal research project. As such, it should be thesis-driven, have an introduction, body and conclusion, be logically conceived and expressed in writing, and include no less than 2500 words (excluding the title page and bibliography). Although your project consists of many sections, make certain you use transitions to develop the relationship of each section to the others and conceive of the project as a whole, thesis-driven undertaking This assignment will be assessed using the combined Critical Thinking and Research in the Major rubrics.

My research paper question is "Do business internships directly correlate to success in the business world?".

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Running Head: DO BUSINESS INTERNSHIPS DIRECTLY CORRELATE TO SUCCESS
IN THE BUSINESS WORLD?"

Do Business Internships Directly Correlate to Success in The Business World?"

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Introduction and Background
Internships have become a standard in several American business schools, (Hergert,
2009). Internships are an increasingly popular element of higher education in business and
provide several possible benefits to the students. Internship experiences can help students to
make connections between the business world and their academic studies, (Hergert, 2009).
They can as well as create networking opportunities and valuable links to improve their
career prospects and employment for students.
Students and their families are becoming frequently concerned about the preparation
of undergraduates for employment after four years of study. One of the key attributes that can
be offered by an entry-level professional to a potential employee is an experience. This
experience is gained through an internship. Several institutions currently provide courses
related to a student's career interest or major. About 75% of the more than 21 million
undergraduates graduate at least with one internship, (Rothberg, 2015). Marketing, as well as
other business departments, are not exempted when joining with industry to expand their
offerings of experiential field internships. Internship programs have experienced minimal
scientific investigations.
Problem Statement
There is a concern about the career preparation of college graduates and their abilities
to be successful in the business world. In this study, I wanted to determine whether there is a
direct correlation between business internships and success in the business world. Some
faculties have been dubious about the value of internship programs that displace a significant
amount of coursework thus questioning whether the educational opportunity costs are offset
by what is gained from internships. Even when the goals of experiential education and liberal

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education, there is a reluctance to support that internship programs or cooperative education
directly bring forth success. This lack of support may stem from incomplete evidence of the
impact of internship programs on progress in the business world. This study thus aims to
remedy this gap by quantifying and investigating the effects of business internships on
success in the business world empirically.
Summary of review
Sources indicate that there is a need for a first investigation into the relationship
between business internships to success in the business world. Existing research suggests a
study into career skill preparation as the most logical avenue for assessing learning, which
occurs in the learning environment. Literature also shows that the measures of extrinsic and
intrinsic success are appropriate for capturing the impacts of any incremental learning that is
attributed to the experience gained from an internship. This discussion thus proceeds with the
methodology below to investigate when there as a direct correlation between a business
internship in the business world.
Methodology
Expert interviews and the literature review led to the selection of thirteen skills in 4
categories to be concluded in the career preparation scale. Five items were included in
academic skills: problem-solving, information search, creative thinking, computer
applications, and analytical skills. Three subjects were included in the communication skills:
written communication, proposal writing, and oral presentation. 2 items were included in the
interpersonal skills: relationship building and teamwork/leadership. Finally, three things were
added in job acquisition skills: resume writing, job networking, and job interviewing.
Sampling and Data Collection

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To explore the influence of business internships on success in the business world, a
survey was administered to 110 business alumni to a large public university in Kansas,
United States. This sample included 55 business major alumni who had graduated within the
previous 1 to 5 years and had taken part in one or more undergraduate business internships.
Fifty-five non-interns were also studied for comparison. To control for factors that may
influence success in the business world other than placement, the samples of interns and noninterns were matched to similar constructs to that of Wood, Chonko, and Hunt, when they
conducted an investigation into the effects of formal education on career success, (Hunt,
Chonko, & Wood, 1986). The criteria that matched include gender, the major area of study,
cumulative grade point average, years of work experience, and age.
Several procedures were implemented to guarantee the best possible survey response.
Each questionnaire was confined to a page reprinted on both of its sides. Well, these survey
questions could have been promptly finished in 8 minutes.
Measures
The research was intended to evaluate whether there is a direct correlation between
business internships and success in the business world. Some constructs were applied in the
study: current and starting salaries; time is taken to obtain a first full-time job; years of
working experience; GPA; 13 work skills and five measures of overall job satisfaction.
Career Preparation
The 110 business alumni were asked to consider training received at the public
university and to clarify using a 5-point scale their level of disagreement or agreement with
the statement: "prepared me excellently" for every one of the 13 areas highlighted in the

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methodology section. Interns were also asked the same question but in the context of their
internship program.
Career Success
This research employed constructs that examined both intrinsic and extrinsic aspects
of success in the business world. Three external reward measures were used to quantify
extrinsic success: current income, starting income, and time is taken to obtain the first fulltime position. The respondents were asked to indicate whether they received job offers before
graduating or after graduating to determine the time taken to achieve their first full-time
position. Mainly, if they got these job offers after graduation, how long did it take for them to
come through? To estimate the financial compensation, the 110 respondents were expected
to present their current wages and starting income ranging from below $20,000 to above
$40,000.
Intrinsic success was evaluated by requiring the participants to show their satisfaction
level with their supervisors, coworkers, benefits, and income. A measure of overall success in
the business world was then assessed by how the respondents rated their overall satisfaction
in their jobs. These responses were reported on a 5-point rating scale that ranged from very
satisfied as the highest rating and very unsatisfied as the lowest rating.
Experience
It was expected that the recent graduates who had a difference in work background
and experience by one to five years would be rewarded differently because of promotions,
increased sales commissions, merit increases, and annual raises. Thus, an essential control
variable would be years of work experience. The work experience was evaluated by making a

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comparison between undergraduate degree date with responses to time since graduation and
the period taken to gain their first-time full employment.
A major area of study
To access the difference in early career success among different individuals, the
business alumni w...

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