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dc.titleInternships before and during COVID-19: experiences and perceptions of undergraduate interns and supervisors
dc.contributor.authorTeng, Cecilia Woon Chien
dc.contributor.authorLim, Raymond Boon Tar
dc.contributor.authorChow, Dana Wai Shin
dc.contributor.authorNarayanasamy, Suganthi
dc.contributor.authorLiow, Chee Hsiang
dc.contributor.authorLee, Jeannette Jen-Mai
dc.identifier.citationTeng, Cecilia Woon Chien, Lim, Raymond Boon Tar, Chow, Dana Wai Shin, Narayanasamy, Suganthi, Liow, Chee Hsiang, Lee, Jeannette Jen-Mai (2021-09-24). Internships before and during COVID-19: experiences and perceptions of undergraduate interns and supervisors. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a contingent shift to remote working and learning worldwide. However, little is known regarding the impact of this shift on internships. Moreover, much of the available literature studies on internships are focused largely on perceptions by students, less so by supervisors. This paper describes the impact of COVID-19 on public health (PH) internships and examines interns' and supervisors' perspectives on their experiences in internships before and during the pandemic. Design/methodology/approach: A cross-sectional study design was conducted on two cohorts of undergraduate students and their supervisors in Singapore. Participants were surveyed using questionnaires with both close-ended and open-ended questions about various aspects of the internship experience. Data were triangulated from these surveys and module evaluation reports, and analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. Findings: COVID-19 disrupted internships significantly, with a reduction in the number of placements offered and necessary changes to the internship scope. Overall, the internship experience has been positive. Supervisors and e-interns reported high levels of satisfaction and documented learning gains such as the development of technical skills and soft skills unique to remote work. Originality/value: The study findings fill current gaps in the literature on supervisor perceptions and internship experiences during COVID-19. Recommendations are proposed to optimize e-internships, a potentially authentic workplace in the post-COVID era. © 2021, Cecilia Woon Chien Teng, Raymond Boon Tar Lim, Dana Wai Shin Chow, Suganthi Narayanasamy, Chee Hsiang Liow and Jeannette Jen-Mai Lee.
dc.publisherEmerald Group Holdings Ltd.
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.sourceScopus OA2021
dc.subjectPublic health
dc.subjectRemote internship
dc.subjectSupervisor perception
dc.contributor.departmentSAW SWEE HOCK SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
dc.contributor.departmentDEAN'S OFFICE (SSH SCH OF PUBLIC HEALTH)
dc.description.sourcetitleHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
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