Internships and occupational commitment of college students in IT-related majors

Jeffrey Stanton, Indira Guzman, Isabelle Fagnot

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Abstract

We conducted two linked studies of students in IT-related majors who were recently or currently involved in some type of pre-professional work activity such as an internship. In the first study, we interviewed students to obtain their impressions of the occupational subculture of IT. Verbatims from interviews with the students, along with tallies of the categories of their responses, suggested that pre-professional experiences had given these students a realistic preview of IT occupational subculture. In the second study, we transformed the impressions we had received from the student interviews into a set of evaluative dimensions relevant to the characteristics of IT occupational subculture. We devised survey items to assess these evaluative dimensions, and then administered the survey to N=221 students to see if any differences existed among students grouped by gender or ethnicity. Finally, we used our measures of these evaluative dimensions to predict an outcome variable relevant to persistence in IT, namely occupational commitment. Some differences did arise among different groups of students, and some of the evaluative dimensions were useful in predicting occupational commitment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGMIS CPR'06 - Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference - Forty Four Years of Computer Personnel Research
Subtitle of host publicationAchievements, Challenges and the Future
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages295-303
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1595933492, 9781595933492
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
EventSIGMIS CPR'06 - Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference - Claremont/Pomona, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 13 2006Apr 15 2006

Publication series

NameSIGMIS CPR'06 - Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference
Volume2006

Other

OtherSIGMIS CPR'06 - Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference
CountryUnited States
CityClaremont/Pomona, CA
Period4/13/064/15/06

Keywords

  • College Students
  • Diversity in the IT field
  • IS/IT Professionals
  • IT Workforce
  • Internships
  • Occupational Commitment
  • Occupational Subcultures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Stanton, J., Guzman, I., & Fagnot, I. (2006). Internships and occupational commitment of college students in IT-related majors. In SIGMIS CPR'06 - Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference - Forty Four Years of Computer Personnel Research: Achievements, Challenges and the Future (pp. 295-303). (SIGMIS CPR'06 - Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMIS CPR Conference; Vol. 2006). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/1125170.1125237