Virtual vs Conventional Internship: Its Impact on University Students and Fresh Graduate’s Employability Level (73902)

Session Information: Profession Training
Session Chair: Chengeto Chaderopa

Saturday, 25 November 2023 13:50
Session: Session 3
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted various aspects of people’s life. In the educational aspect, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed learning methods from face-to-face to online via Zoom and other similar platforms. At the same time, there is a need for students and fresh graduates to develop skills to enter the workforce despite the pandemic challenges. This study aimed to explore students’ employability in different internship programs. Through a quantitative approach, this research had two groups of participants who had joined virtual internships and conventional internship programs. The characteristics of virtual internship participants were university students or fresh graduates who had attended a virtual internship program at least once. Meanwhile, conventional internship participants were students who participated in a conventional internship program at least once in any company or other institution. Employability in this study consisted of four aspects: independent study, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. The situational Judgment Test (SJT) measurement was implemented to minimise social desirability. This study recruited 67 participants from two groups with virtual and conventional internships. Results showed no significant employability score difference between participants who joined virtual (M = 72.4, SD = 8.32) and conventional internship programs (M = 74.8, SD = 4.33), t(65) = -1.50, p = 0.139. This result implied that virtual internship programs might be as effective as conventional ones in developing employability.

Lavenda Geshica, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Ananda Zhafira, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

About the Presenter(s)
Lavenda Geshica, S.Psi., M.A. is currently a lecturer at Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00