|ANALYSIS THE USEFULNESS OF INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TOWARDS EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS OF MANAGEMENT UNDERGRADUATES WITHIN GOVERNMENT UNIVERSITIES IN SRI LANKA|
|Buddhini Hemamali Amarathunga
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
Internship program is a mandatory component in the existing curriculum of management undergraduates in Sri Lankan government universities in order to enhance the employability skills. Employability skills are the skills required to perform within an organization, so as to achieve one’s potential and contributes successfully to organizational strategic directions (Robset, 2007). However, it was revealed that a sufficient emphasis has not been given to study the usefulness of internship program in order enhance the employability skills of the Sri Lankan government university context. Therefore, primary objective of present research was analyzing the nature and strength of relationship between internship program and employability skills of management undergraduates in Sri Lankan government universities in order to address the gap in literature within Sri Lanka. Six hypotheses were tested in present research in order to measure the relationship of internship program with six basic categories of employability skills; basic literacy and numerical skills, critical thinking skills, leadership skills, management skills, interpersonal skills and information technological skills identified by Stuart, Ronald & Elsa (2012).Three hundred and ninety-six management undergraduates were selected as prescribed by Krejcie and Morgan (1970) using stratified sampling method with representation of all the government universities in Sri Lanka. Findings revealed that internship program was positively correlated with six types of employability skills tested at the present research. Further, results showed that the highest positive correlation of internship program was with interpersonal skills and lowest positive correlation of internship program was with leadership skills.
Ms. Buddhini Amarathunga received B.Sc (Special) Business Management (First Class) Degree from Wayamba University of, Sri Lanka in 2011 and she has earned Master of Business Administration from Wayamba University of, Sri Lanka. Her research interest areas are management, organizational behaviour and education. Currently she has done more than 28 researches and publications on management, organizational behaviour and education at numerous national and international research conferences and journals.