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How to run successful e-internships: a case for organizational learning

Jeske, Debora; Axtell, Carolyn M.

Authors

Debora Jeske

Carolyn M. Axtell



Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline unique learning experience that virtual/e-internships can offer small and medium-sized enterprises and start-up organizations.
Design/methodology/approach – We interviewed 18 experts on e-internships (interns and managers of internships) across several countries to learn more about the learning experiences for both organizations and interns. The information from these interviews was also used to formulate a number of recommendations.
Findings – The interviews provided insights into how e-internships can provide development opportunities for interns, managers and staff within these organizations. One important benefit pertains to the skill development of both interns and managers. The interns get unique working experiences that also benefit the organizations in terms of their creativity, input and feedback. In return, managers get a unique learning experience that helps them expand their project management skills, interpersonal skills and mentoring.
Practical implications – We outline a number of recommendations that consider skill development, the benefit of diversity in numerous forms as well as mutual benefits for enterprises and start-ups.
Originality/value – The discussion of the various benefits and conditions under which virtual internships will succeed in organizations provide practitioners an insight into the organizational opportunities available to them given the right investment into e-interns and internship schemes.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 6, 2015
Publication Date Mar 7, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 7, 2016
Journal Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal
Print ISSN 1477-7282
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 18-21
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/dlo-09-2015-0073
Keywords virtual internship; e-internship; organizational learning; mentoring; diversity;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/9262
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/DLO-09-2015-0073
Contract Date Nov 9, 2015

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