What is an Internship Report? Contributions to the Construction of its Meaning

Ana Isabel Santos

University of the Azores, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Education; and Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA-UAc, R. da Mãe de Deus, Ponta Delgada, The Azores, Portugal.


Carlos Miguel Ferreira

ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Av. das Forças Armadas, Lisbon, Portugal; Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS; Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studiesm Portugal.


Sandro Serpa

University of The Azores, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Sociology; Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc; Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA-UAcm, Portugal.


Maria Jose Sa

CIPES-Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies, Matosinhos, Portugal.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.20448/journal.509.2020.71.1.6

Keywords: Internship report, Assessment, Supervised internship, Training, Theses, Dissertations.


The internship report is one of the prime elements to train and assess the student, usually in the final stage of a study cycle; it consists of placing the student in a context that is similar to a professional situation. This is a work of description and theoretical reflection, methodologically oriented towards the activities developed in the context of an internship in organisations. It is necessary to distinguish the internship report from an undergraduate thesis or dissertation that focuses mainly on the formal investigation component. However, even while respecting the specific features of each training context, as well as each scientific area, there are various interpretations of what an internship report is/should be, both in terms of its form and content. The internship report may be viewed as a theoretical and methodologically oriented work of description and reflection on the activities carried out within the scope of an internship in organisations. This critical essay seeks to provide insights into the process of developing an internship report.


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