Pedagogy and Professional Development

Developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) in University Internship Courses

  • Kathleen R. Smith (University of Arkansas)


The implementation of several High Impact Practices (HIPs) in an apparel merchandising and product development curriculum fosters a comprehensive learning environment resulting in graduates who can be more competitive with peers from other institutions. Several HIPs are discussed in the article, including pre-internship, VLOGs, digital portfolios and online delivery of the internship. The impact of the internship is far-reaching and provides a practical experience in a work situation, affording the opportunity for application of classroom fundamentals. It also provides industry with strong additions to their management staff with the objective of increasing sales and profit. These high impact practices utilized in a college curriculum enable students to have the best possible scenario for job success.

Keywords: High Impact Practices

How to Cite:

Smith, K. R., (2019) “Developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) in University Internship Courses”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019