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The following letter is from a group of Linford College alumni to the chair of the art department at the college.


"In a recent survey of college graduates, 90 percent agreed that participating in an internship increased their chances of finding a job after graduation, but last year, only 40 percent of Linford’s graduating art students had completed an internship. Skyway Designs, located in nearby Linford City, is the perfect company for students to intern with for a number of reasons: They offer internships in all of their departments, so every student is sure to find work that they are interested in. Additionally, their internships offer flexible working hours. Finally, Skyway Designs is known for being one of the best in the design business, as over 80 percent of businesses in Linford City have used the services of Skyway Designs for their design needs. Given the vital role that work experience plays in a student’s success after graduation, we recommend that our art department require all art students to complete an internship with Skyway Designs before graduation."


Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation and the argument on which it is based are reasonable. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation.


According to this letter, the author recommends that all art department students go for an internship at Skyway Designs(S) for the following reasons. S offers internship positions in all departments, so every student can find a job that interests them. Also, there are flexible hours, and because S is responsible for 80% of Linford City's (L) design business, it is considered one of the best design firms. In summary, S is a perfect internship company. In addition, work experience is critical to a student's success after graduation. Finally, 90% of respondents felt that internship experience was important, yet only 40% of students in the art department completed the fact last year. Although the author's argument is seemingly sound, there are still some questions that need to be answered to evaluate the authors' arguments.

To begin with, we need to ask about the necessity of internship work. Although 90% of the respondents feel that internships are important, they may all be the beneficiaries of internships, or they may not even be aware of the value of internships themselves. So we also needed to interview people who hadn't done an internship. If they still found good jobs without internships, then the necessity of internships for employment is not as vital. If this is true, the authors' conclusion is weakened. In addition, the employment rate of students needs to be known. If that 40% of students who have participated in internships have a high employment rate, this strengthens the association between internships and employment. At the same time, the remaining 60% who have not had an internship may have found good jobs, which weakens the association between internships and finding good jobs.

In addition, is S always the perfect choice? First, the fact that positions are available in all departments does not necessarily mean that there are enough positions open. It is possible that many students may not be able to apply for a position. Even if they do apply, they may find that the job content is not to their liking. Secondly, flexible working hours may be popular with students for a short period of time, but in the long run, they may not learn anything and are not conducive to developing the professionalism needed for future jobs. Finally, even though S has a lot of business, what is more important to an intern is the training and the possibility of transferring to a new job, both of which S may not do well. If any of these three scenarios is true, then the author's argument is weakened. Otherwise, the author's conclusion is strengthened.

Finally, is it necessary to send all students to internships at Company S? many students may have better options, and S is not the best choice for them. Or maybe students don't actually want to intern at S companies. If this is the case, the authors' conclusion is still weakened.


To sum up, while I fully understand the reasoning behind the argument, I withhold my approval of the recommendation until the author can provide clear answers to the aforementioned questions.



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