An evaluation of the Dade County Public Schools Advanced Academic Internship Program for high school students

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

John H. Croghan - Committee Chair


The purpose of this study was to determine if members of each of the four stakeholder groups (students, school contacts, sponsor/mentors, and parents) who participated in Dade County Public School's Advanced Academic Internship Program (AAIP) were satisfied with the way the program functions. A review panel and a pilot test were conducted to analyze and test the surveys, resulting in one version for each of the four stakeholder groups: students, school contacts, sponsor/mentors, and parents.Individual surveys were sent to 240 students in grades 11 and 12, randomly selected from 28 senior high schools in the six regions of the Dade County public school system. Each stakeholder group was asked to evaluate four major areas of program participation: the program's organizational structure, the placement environment of the student interns, student impact as to career choice, and appropriateness of the GPA and age (indicated by grade level) requirements.Respondents' answers to the surveys were analyzed to produce frequencies, percentages, means, and standard deviations per statement in each stakeholder group and across stakeholder groups. In all cases, stakeholder responses indicated satisfactory results, as shown in the Findings. Responses for all stakeholders, across all statements questioned, combined the results of the Agree and Strongly Agree columns, ranging in percentages from 90.4% to 58%. The Means ranged from 4.32 to 3.61 on a scale of 1 to 5; the Standard Deviations ranged from 1.18 to.70. (1) The placement environment of the interns is an important factor in the success of the program. (2) The Advanced Academic Internship Program is a beneficial program. (3) The AAIP provides valuable experiences toward future career choices for interns. (4) A high grade point average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0, an admission requirement, contributes to the success of the program. (5) Students, while overall very positive about the program, are the least positive of all the stakeholders. School contacts, on the other hand, were the most positive about the program.


Education, Secondary

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