Enhancing the Academic Internship Learning Experience for Business Education—A Critical Review and Future Directions

  • Maike Gerken
  • Bart Rienties
  • Bas Giesbers
  • Karen D. Könings
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 4)


Academic internships represent an approach for professional development of student’s generic and specific skills and allow students to gain relevant work experience. Despite the growing popularity of internships, limited research has examined the potential benefits of internship supervision at a distance through Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). This chapter combines the findings of a literature review with insights from a concept-mapping exercise with 22 experts from 15 business schools to identify what constitutes effective collaboration of the three stakeholders: students, company, and business school. Results reveal the inherent goals and expectations of internship supervision differ for companies and business schools. Therefore, the substantial benefits could be obtained through CSCL by effective communication and collaboration between the three stakeholders during internships. Future research has to address whether the identified concept map of internships can be successfully implemented in practice.


Business School Business Student Internship Program Business Education Academic Internship 
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This chapter was written in the context of the Sprint E-learning project and the E-learning taskforce UM Internship project, both funded by Maastricht Business School. The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their useful comments and the experts at EDiNEB 2010 in London, UK for their input and their suggestions for further improvement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maike Gerken
    • 1
  • Bart Rienties
    • 2
  • Bas Giesbers
    • 3
  • Karen D. Könings
    • 4
  1. 1.Department for Educational Research and DevelopmentSchool of Business and Economics, Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands
  2. 2.Centre for Educational and Academic DevelopmentUniversity of SurreySurreyUK
  3. 3.Department for Educational Research and DevelopmentSchool of Business and Economics, Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands
  4. 4.Department of Educational Development and ResearchFaculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands

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