Title: Summer internship projects in management education: an Indian experience

Authors: Vinti Agarwal, Omprakash K. Gupta

Addresses: ICFAI Business School, Gurgaon, India. ' Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX 774466, USA

Abstract: The Summer Internship Project (SIP) is an integral part of most MBA programmes in India. Indian business schools attach a great deal of importance to such mid-course internships because they accompany a two-year cohort programme wherein the student arrives either totally without or with miniscule work experience. Indian business schools neatly sandwich the SIP between the two years. Though it is acknowledged as vital and intrinsic to inculcating managerial skills, limited attempts have been made to evaluate the effectiveness of the SIP. In this paper, we focus on: (a) the identification of the key attributes of a successful SIP, and (b) the comparative evaluation of various factors as being paramount to their learning processes from their SIP.

Keywords: experiential learning; management education; summer internships; Indian business schools; India; mid-course internships; work experience; managerial skills.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2008.015950

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2008 Vol.5 No.1, pp.94 - 107

Published online: 02 Dec 2007 *

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