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What does the academic term Internship mean in higher education?


Internship definition

Short Definition

Internship means work experience related to a student's field of study, often for academic credit.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: An internship is a structured and supervised work experience, often provided by educational institutions or organizations, in which students or recent graduates engage to gain practical knowledge, skills and professional experience in a specific field of study or industry. Internships can be paid or unpaid and vary in duration, from a few weeks to several months. They offer students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real-world situations, explore potential career paths and build a professional network.

Etymology: The term "internship" is derived from the Latin word "internus", which means "internal" or "inside". In the context of education and employment, it originally referred to a period of training within an organization.

Synonyms or related academic terms: Work Placement, Cooperative Education, Practicum, Experiential Learning.

Examples of Use:

  • She completed a summer internship at a marketing agency to gain hands-on experience in the field.
  • The university offers internships as part of its curriculum to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice.
  • Many companies use internships as a talent recruitment strategy to identify and hire potential future employees.

Spanish: Prácticas Profesionales
French: Stage
German: Praktikum
Italian: Tirocinio
Portuguese: Estágio
Japanese: インターンシップ (Intānshippu)
Chinese (Simplified): 实习 (Shíxí)
Hindi: इंटर्नशिप (Internship)

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