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Author Richardson, Mark A
Title Developing a certified public horticulture internship program in the United States
book jacket
Descript 104 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-01, page: 0247
Adviser: Robert E. Lyons
Thesis (M.S.)--University of Delaware, 2009
Internships are integral components of undergraduate education in horticulture. They provide students with opportunities for hands-on experience, professional networking, and career exploration. Despite widespread understanding of their importance, both in the academic sector and in public horticulture institutions, very few guidelines exist for developing and running successful internship programs to serve the needs of students pursuing careers in public horticulture. Because of the large number of unique public horticulture institutions in the United States, there can be tremendous variability among internship experiences. This research was conducted to determine the feasibility of a Certified Public Horticulture Internship Program (CPHIP), which would offer a consensus-based set of standards for public horticulture professionals to follow
The research was conducted through semi-structured telephone interviews of six university faculty and six public horticulture professionals who run internship programs. The results of the interviews were organized into nine Main Categories to interpret and analyze the responses
The results of this research clearly indicate that the development of a CPHIP would be welcomed by both university faculty and public horticulture professionals. Both groups of respondents reported poor communication between universities and the public horticulture institutions that host student interns. A CPHIP offers educators and public horticulture professionals an opportunity to substantially improve the internship experience at public horticulture institutions across the United States
School code: 0060
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-01
Subject Agriculture, Horticulture
Education, Agricultural
Alt Author University of Delaware. Department of Plant and Soil Science
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