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Epidemiology, *pedagogy, Sociology, Social topics, Social sciences

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This paper is a first look at work-placement and reflects on some of the issues that need to be explored to better understand the development of students during work-placement.


The use of internship as a means of informal education is relatively commonplace. This is evident by the vast amount of literature dedicated to workplace learning, however very little research to date has explored the impact of international culinary internships on students. This paper addresses the void in research by exploring the nuances associated with culinary internships and in particular investigates the 2006 and 2007 student cohorts studying in the Technological University Dublin for the degree award of BA in Culinary Arts. The paper examines the internship preparation and experiences examining the impact of internship on the student’s attitudes towards learning. A picture for this research is build by providing background information on the Department of Culinary Arts and its development over the last decade.