THE KIRKPATRICK MODEL AS AN EVALUATION TOOL FOR INTERNSHIPS

Raymund Gerard I. Guerrero

The aim of this paper is to evaluate the New World Kirkpatrick Model as an appropriate tool in evaluating college internships. Using available literature, the paper will derive indicators for evaluation of internship using the model.

College Internships have been long used in organizations to train new individuals in the organization. It comes with different names from apprenticeship, on-the-job training, training to, practicum and internship.

The Four levels of evaluation model by Donald Kirkpatrick (1959) has evolved through the years. Despite weakness sighted – oversimplification and incompleteness of the model, untested presence of a cause-effect relationship among the different levels, and unproven progressive importance of information moving from the first level to subsequent ones, it still remains a popularly accepted model.

The New Kirkpatrick Model retains the original 4 levels – reaction, learning, behavior and results.

In evaluating the college internship, levels 1 and 2 of Kirkpatrick can be directly applied since these are immediate responses after the training. These assessments happen within the training program. While levels 3 and 4 are conducted outside of the training program and measured within a minimum of three months after the training program in order to observe the changed behavior and its impact to the organization cannot be applied because of its longitudinal nature.

The new model will address the weakness of longitudinal nature of levels 3 and 4, and will find an appropriate indicator given that the trainees have left the academic institution.