Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration



First Advisor

Daniel W. Kemper

Second Advisor

Joseph Ancona

Third Advisor

Patrick Akers


This thesis will focus on the potential benefits of a collaboration between business and education in an effort to prepare today's youth for entry into the workforce.

The number of large companies that are becoming involved with education is steadily increasing. Many business leaders have come to realize that business has the ability to provide human and material resources that would enable schools to significantly improve the education students receive.

Student internships may provide a method for both business and education to benefit from such partnerships.

The purpose of the present study is to investigate research regarding partnerships between business and education. An internship manual was created with the goal of providing specific guidelines for a Safety Intern at a Department of Energy Remediation Project. The manual was then evaluated by four professionals from various backgrounds employed at the Remediation Project. The evaluators read the manual and then completed a formal questionnaire and participated in a follow-up interview.

Results of the study indicate a highly favorable response from members of the business world becoming involved with education in developing various internship programs. Well organized internship programs that provide clear and concise expectations enable both businesses and students to utilize the internship experience to its fullest potential.

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