Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

8-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

Department

Education

First Advisor

Amy Wells Dolan

Second Advisor

Laura Antonow

Third Advisor

Phillis George

Relational Format

Article

Abstract

This dissertation-in-practice case study aimed to assess internships opportunities at the University of Mississippi (UM) to determine potential barriers for access among African American students and students with low socioeconomic backgrounds. Internships are a high impact practice, as identified by the American Association for Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) that provide students with tangible, real-world experience to prepare for careers after graduation. Experiential learning theories (Kolb, 1984; Dewey, 1938) and high-impact practices (Kuh, 2008) establish the importance of student engagement outside of traditional classroom settings. The patterns and frequency of internship participation are not clear for University of Mississippi students. Research suggests that minority students do not participate in high-impact practices because of differences in social, financial, and cultural capital (Luo & Drake, 2014). The study sought to identify patterns in internship opportunities and participation while determining barriers to participation.

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