chapter  3
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Internships As Professional Experiences

Many benefits, both tangible and intangible, accrue to corporations and other organizations when they host an intern. The following are some of the tangible benefits, but they can also be grouped to some extent under the broader and less tangible category of social theories of learning by seeing them within the context of how the growth of individuals contributes to the growth and development of institutions:

• contributing to the growth of a profession • gaining knowledge of what is being taught in academic programs

• accessing new ideas, skills, and training for the organization • expanding the networking base of the organization • developing relationships with academic institutions • coaching and influencing young careers • developing and exercising supervisory skills

• engaging in pre-employment screening.