Virtual vs. Conventional Internship: Its Impact on University Students and Fresh Graduate’s Employability Level


The COVID-19 pandemic impacted various aspects of people’s life. In the education aspect, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed learning methods from face-to-face to online via Zoom or similar platforms (Feldman, 2021). At the same time, there is a need for students and recent university graduates to develop skills to enter the workforce despite the pandemic challenges. This study aimed to explore students’ employability in different internship programs. Through a quantitative approach, this research had two groups of participants who had joined virtual internships and conventional internship programs. The characteristics of virtual apprentice participants are university students or fresh graduates who have attended a virtual internship program at least once. Meanwhile, conventional internships are students who have participated in a conventional internship program at least once in any company or institution. Employability in this study consisted of four aspects: independent study, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. These four aspects are taken based on the employability aspects developed by Orji (2013). The situational Judgment Test (SJT) format minimizes social desirability. This study recruited 67 participants data from two groups with virtual and conventional internships. Results showed no significant employability score difference between participants who joined virtual and conventional internship programs. This result implied that virtual internship programs might be as effective as conventional ones in developing employability.

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Lavenda Geshica, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Ananda Zhafia, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Adult

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Geshica L., & Zhafia A. (2024) Virtual vs. Conventional Internship: Its Impact on University Students and Fresh Graduate’s Employability Level ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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