Article 4, Volume 7 Issue 1

Does an internship in Business Administration enhance professional competences?

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Ramon Bastida – (UPF Barcelona School of Management)

Frederic Marimon – (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

Received April 26, 2020; accepted June 5, 2020.

Abstract

The aim of this study was twofold. First, we want to determine which competences are acquired through an internship, as well as the levels of attainment. Secondly, we want to compare the levels of achievement in two different universities, since we are interested in proving whether the university of origin affects the final results. We thus organized competences following the classification made by the Tuning project, which groups them as instrumental, interpersonal and professional. A questionnaire was distributed among the students participating in internships, and the firms offering them in each university, to assess their perceptions of the competences.

We used the SPSS statistical package to conduct a set of mean tests to identify differences between the perceptions of the students and firms. Students acquire a higher level of professional competences than instrumental or interpersonal competences. There are also differences according to university, which suggests its importance.

El objetivo de este estudio fue doble. En primer lugar, queremos determinar qué competencias se adquieren a través de unas prácticas, así como los niveles de logro. En segundo lugar, queremos comparar los niveles de logro en dos universidades diferentes, ya que nos interesa comprobar si la universidad de origen influye en los resultados finales. Así organizamos las competencias siguiendo la clasificación realizada por el proyecto Tuning, que las agrupa en instrumentales, interpersonales y profesionales. Se distribuyó un cuestionario entre los estudiantes participantes en las prácticas y las empresas que las ofrecen en cada universidad, para evaluar su percepción de las competencias.

Utilizamos el paquete estadístico SPSS para realizar un conjunto de pruebas de medias para identificar diferencias entre las percepciones de los estudiantes y las empresas. Los estudiantes adquieren un mayor nivel de competencias profesionales que las competencias instrumentales o interpersonales. También existen diferencias según la universidad, lo que sugiere su importancia.

Citation

Bastida, R., & Marimon, F. (2020). Does an internship in Business Administration enhance professional competences?. European Accounting and Management Review, 7(1), 66-77.

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