What course are you doing? There should be guidelines for doing dissertations at your institution and also they usually will have a tutor guide to help you.
Where you are doing internship in States will they allow you to do a survey? Do you not have a "Mentor"at work?
Please see my posts on citehr on projects/dissertations, Research Methodology, etc.
First, you need to conduct a literature search and then write a research proposal of what your projects aim and objectives are and get it approved by the organisation. And then follow the procedures laid down in one of my attachments.
A retired academic in UK
23rd April 2009 From United Kingdom
Hospitaliity course. My college gove me tutor , but i think my tutor doesn't professional enough , when i ask him ... He seems can answer my question. So, i take inisiative to do all the work.
I do all the survey by FBook, because i only spread the qnaire for 15 trainees.
Actually isn't called dissertation , is called TIS ( technical industrial study )
The requirement to do TIS minimal only 20 papers.
But, now i don't know how to start it.
24th April 2009 From Malaysia, Puchong