An Investigation of the Benefits and Challenges of Graduation Internship Perceived by Students of English Language Studies

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i4.455

Authors

  • Ngoc Tien Tran Hoa Sen University
  • Vu Thi Quynh Trang University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Keywords:

graduation internship, internship benefits, internship challenges, employability, personal and professional skills

Abstract

Graduation internship has been proved to play a vital role in students’ personal and professional development. It can also be considered a preparatory step for students to gain practical knowledge and supervised experience. However, what students encounter and how students value the internship are still debatable. This study explores how students of English Language Studies at Hoa Sen University, Vietnam, perceive the benefits and challenges of their graduation internship through a mixed-method study on 92 undergraduate students via survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews. The study employed descriptive data analysis and multiple regression to analyze quantitative data and grounded theory techniques for qualitative information. The findings show that students value graduation internship as an opportunity to enhance their personal skills and employability. The study also finds out that the difficulties students face when performing given professional tasks are insufficient personal skills and lack of professional knowledge. Additionally, results from multiple regression analysis reveal that understanding job values and confirming career aspirations have a positive correlation with perceived internship necessity while building future career plans and expanding working relationships have negative directions. The research findings can be of value for the higher educational institutions in adjusting or redesigning their programs to meet the demand of the workforce?

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Author Biographies

Ngoc Tien Tran, Hoa Sen University

Tran Ngoc Tien, PhD, is a university instructor of the Department of English Language Studies, Hoa Sen University, Vietnam. He graduated from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan and has more than 15 years of teaching at various levels. He has published a couple of papers in Japan, America and England and joined numerous conferences worldwide. His interests of researching are educational attainment, job satisfaction, learning motivation, language learning and teaching.

Vu Thi Quynh Trang, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Vu Thi Quynh Trang was a former student of English Language Studies, Hoa Sen University, Vietnam. She is currently doing her master’s program at School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom. Her research interests include second language learning and teaching, educational policies, and teaching English in different contexts.

Published

2020-12-26

How to Cite

Tran, N. T., & Trang, V. T. Q. . (2020). An Investigation of the Benefits and Challenges of Graduation Internship Perceived by Students of English Language Studies. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 2(4), 83–97. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i4.455

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