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An internship is an essential part of vocational-oriented degree programs because it enhances the employability of graduates and prepares them for career development. This paper explores the effects of organizational and individual factors on internship satisfaction among Chinese students.

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The paper identifies that on-site supervisor support has a strong and significant impact on internship satisfaction. On-site supervisor support also significantly influences interns' self-initiative behavior through task clarity and perceived functional value. Thus, organizations should pay great attention to appoint the right work supervisors who are able to assign appropriate tasks to interns, provide clear guidance and facilitate social interaction between interns and other people.


The study is one of the first empirical studies to explore organizational and personal factors influencing internship satisfaction and interns' self-initiative behavior among Chinese students across a wide range of disciplines. Interestingly, we found that social work interns rated supervisor support, task clarity, perceived function value, and satisfaction to be much lower than their counterparts in other disciplines. This is probably due to the gap existing between theory-based knowledge and experience-based knowledge in the field of social work.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Factors influencing internship satisfaction among Chinese students, Education + Training, July 2020, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/et-01-2020-0023.
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