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Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Stacey Wieland

Second Advisor

Leah Omillion-Hodges


The definition and framing of identity in scholarly work often focuses how an individual conducts identity work in response to identity regulation in order to construct a coherent self. This study expands upon this framework by illuminating the ways that undergraduate interns frame what identity is and the consequences of their framing for their resulting identity construction (identity work). Based on in-depth qualitative interviews, this study demonstrates how participants either framed identity as a stable entity or fluid construct. This study encourages the exploration and discovery of the colloquial ways workers define and discuss identity, so that scholars can understand how identity is communicatively constructed and interacted in everyday talk.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access