The internship is the training activity that most of all allows the achievement of core competences ie the distinctive and fundamental skills that a student should acquire at the end of his training. The skills that should become expected goals can be grouped into three types:
instrumental skills: cognitive, methodological, technological and linguistic skills;
interpersonal skills: individual skills, what are the skills of social interaction and collaboration;
Systemic competences: skills and competences concerning integrated systems (a combination of comprehension, sensitivity and knowledge).
To evaluate and demonstrate improvement in intern core competences of practice-based learning in a virtual internship, Vet Institutions must create assessment tools (questionnaires and data sheets) as part of the internship program.
These tools must provide data not easily obtained through other means. The interaction and evaluations that occur among students, companies and vet institutions during and at completion of the internship can be invaluable in measuring outcomes of the internship program and the professional competencies required for entry into the business market.
In addition to the virtual internship experience that must involve a relevant professional experience, student interns must maintain a diary/journal of activities and of the learning which they believe is occurring; send bi-weekly e-mails to the virtual tutor concerning activities and progress; undertake a self-assessment survey, compose a written paper concerning the internship experience and the profession, and make an oral presentation to students, teachers/trainers, and others interested in the internship experience.
Information gathered from the use of these tools provide important insights from the perspective of the student intern and the VET Institutions, promoter of internship virtual