No longer just making the tea: Media work placements and work-based learning in higher education
This source preferred by Richard Berger
Editors: Ashton, D. and Noonan, C.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan.
Place of Publication: Basingstoke
This chapter seeks to explore the relationship Higher Education has with industry, through the lens of the work-placement (or internship).
The work-placement has been an integral part of many media programmes in HE, for decades. There is also a great deal of pedagogy which supports work-based learning as a valuable learning experience in the creative industries; students make invaluable contacts, gain ‘real world’ experiences and it can lead to full-time employment.
This chapter revisits the literature on work-based and experiential learning and looks in detail at media internships today. The chapter posits that students returning from work-placements can be far more motivated, and the work they produce geared toward more realistic future employment prospects, if the placement is structured appropriately.