Virtual Internships as Organizational Sustainable Action to Anthropogenic Climate Change

International Council for Small Business (ICSB)
Jackson, M., & Sussan, F.
Presentation Date: 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Event or Conference: 
61st International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Conference
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
United States
Virtual internships are a new way to allow students to begin the transitional process from learners to workers by enabling them to complete work assignments in a virtual or distance environment thereby overcoming barriers such as location and time. Compared to classroom based, instructor-led learning, experiential learning in a virtual space can also be used by business decision makers to provide a positive response to anthropogenic climate change by reducing the use of fossil fuels. When the number of times a motor vehicle is driven is substantially reduced, positive results are achieved. Even in light of the environmentally friendly attributes of a virtual internship program, such a program is only viable if it is conducive to industry demands. If task completion in a virtual space is not feasible within an industry, efforts are not sustainable. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether virtual internship is a good fit between education and industry. Applying validated questionnaires from Roger’s diffusion theory; a survey was designed and then conducted by Qualtrics®. Over 200 participants comprised of students, faculty, and employers from a variety of industries took part in the survey.