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“To Investigate The Perceptions And Experiences Of Interns In The Arts Sector In Ireland”

Evans, Kim (2014) “To Investigate The Perceptions And Experiences Of Interns In The Arts Sector In Ireland”. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate past/current perceptions and experience of interns in the arts sector in Ireland.

Design/Methodology/Approach: 62 surveys responses based on internship perceptions and experiences were collected, which were undertaken by individuals who are currently undertaking/have undertaken an internship in the arts sector in Ireland. The information was then analysed using SPSS in order to assess any interesting insights from the data.

Findings: This study identified a number of findings based on the perceptions and experiences of interns in the arts sector in Ireland, including; relationship between motivations, positive and negative aspects of the internship experience, as well as the benefit of structure. It was found that although the majority of respondents had a generally positive internship experience, they saw a need for structure in order to improve their internship programs.

Research limitations/implications: The findings of this research should be taken into consideration with the knowledge that as the study is relatively niche, it was difficult to gather a vast sample size.

Originality/value: Internships are currently a great topic of interest, as the experiences vary greatly over all sectors and within sectors. By investigating this area and presenting the results, it can greatly benefit the arts sector in gaining a better understanding of the interns’ needs, and thus individuals can be informed as how to improving internship practice in the arts sector in Ireland.

Key words: Internship, Arts Sector, Perceptions, and Experiences.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2014 15:47
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2014 15:47
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1783

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