Event Title

Use of Positive Psychology to Enhance the Undergraduate Academic Experience

Location

Hawkins Hall, Room 144

Start Date

1-10-2016 10:00 AM

End Date

1-10-2016 11:00 AM

Description

Undergraduate business internships have been widely studied. Students believe completing an internship will help them in the job market. While that may be true, the challenge for Business educators is how can we make the course that accompanies the internship a meaningful one? The use of positive psychology and related strengths based movement may be one answer. Positive psychology focuses on what’s right with an individual as opposed to what’s wrong, emphasizing happiness and strengths. Students use StrengthsFinder to identify and develop strengths at their internship. As evidenced by the feedback from students and internship supervisors, the use of positive psychology appears to enhance the experiences of the undergraduate business intern.

Comments

Dr. Paul E. Olsen is an Assistant Professor in the Business Administration and Accounting Department at Saint Michael’s College. He teaches courses in leadership, human resource management, peace and justice, and internship practicum. Dr. Olsen has degrees from the University of Vermont (B.A., Ed.D.) and Saint Michael’s College (M.S.A.) and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). He has published in the Journal of Leadership Education, Business Case Journal, Journal of Critical Incidents, Journal of the Academy of Business Education, and Journal of Case Studies.

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Oct 1st, 10:00 AM Oct 1st, 11:00 AM

Use of Positive Psychology to Enhance the Undergraduate Academic Experience

Hawkins Hall, Room 144

Undergraduate business internships have been widely studied. Students believe completing an internship will help them in the job market. While that may be true, the challenge for Business educators is how can we make the course that accompanies the internship a meaningful one? The use of positive psychology and related strengths based movement may be one answer. Positive psychology focuses on what’s right with an individual as opposed to what’s wrong, emphasizing happiness and strengths. Students use StrengthsFinder to identify and develop strengths at their internship. As evidenced by the feedback from students and internship supervisors, the use of positive psychology appears to enhance the experiences of the undergraduate business intern.