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The Purpose of this proposed study was to analyse the effectiveness of Virtual Internship Program (VIP) with PBL curriculum as implemented for the third year civil engineering students. The aim of this study was to find out if technical competence or field knowledge of the participants can be improved with the Virtual Internship Program (VIP). The learning outcomes of this study were presented from the quantitative analysis of the data collection tools. The data collection tools measured the implemented Virtual Internship Program’s contribution in improving the field knowledge and construction site preparation of participants for the future professional opportunities. The outcomes were assessed by comparing mean achievement scores of sample students for administered pre-test and post-test. The VIP designed curriculum and implementation is discussed in theory and curriculum section of this paper. The empirical results of implemented VIP was compared with the results of implemented Field Internship Program (FIP) as conducted by the researcher for the same designed curriculum but with similar sample participants. The findings of this study provides an insight that Virtual Internship Program can be observed and identified with similar benefits as Field Internship Program if same field knowledge content is delivered to the sample participants.
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