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What Do CS Students Value in Industry Internships?

What Do CS Students Value in Industry Internships? Summer internships present an opportunity for Computer Science (CS) students to expand and test their skills in “the real world.” These multi-faceted experiences call on students to use technical tools and critical thinking in collaboration with others to solve problems. There are many opportunities for learning and growth: which of these do students find most valuable? In this project, we collect and analyze open-ended reflections by undergraduate CS students at the conclusion of a summer internship. We see that students focus on technical skills, expanding professional networks, and the satisfaction of completing a product that will be of use to others. These insights help inform academic programs that support Computer Science students engaging in these internships and strengthen their connection to on-campus education. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) Association for Computing Machinery

What Do CS Students Value in Industry Internships?

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2021 ACM
ISSN
1946-6226
eISSN
1946-6226
DOI
10.1145/3427595
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Abstract

Summer internships present an opportunity for Computer Science (CS) students to expand and test their skills in “the real world.” These multi-faceted experiences call on students to use technical tools and critical thinking in collaboration with others to solve problems. There are many opportunities for learning and growth: which of these do students find most valuable? In this project, we collect and analyze open-ended reflections by undergraduate CS students at the conclusion of a summer internship. We see that students focus on technical skills, expanding professional networks, and the satisfaction of completing a product that will be of use to others. These insights help inform academic programs that support Computer Science students engaging in these internships and strengthen their connection to on-campus education.

Journal

ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: Mar 9, 2021

Keywords: Internships

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