Internships As Learning Experiences
Internships provide students with academic experiences that not only complement those resulting from standard classroom or seminar pedagogies but in many cases extend and improve upon them by engaging a broader variety of learning styles brought to the experiences by students and by practicably applying Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development . For example, much of what occurs in standard classroom or seminar environments is designed for linguistic/verbal learners. Instructional designers have recently recognized that not all students learn best in the same manner and have accordingly incorporated other learning styles into curriculum. But often these seem an uneasy fit, primarily because in most instances the person designing them is a linguistic learner himself or herself. Depending upon the professional field, however, internships naturally take advantage of almost all learning styles.