As an intern supervisor, you use all of the skills necessary in any effective supervisory
- Providing leadership
- Developing and training
Additionally, the students will look to you as a mentor who will assist them in their
transition from the classroom to the work environment. Since the internship is an
extension of the learning process, you will need to provide opportunities to bridge
the two experiences.
We suggest that you meet with your interns regularly to provide feedback concerning
their performance. During these meetings, the students can:
- report on the status of a project
- ask questions
- learn how their work is contributing to the organization
- participate in an evaluation of their strengths
- discuss areas needing growth and development
- get a sense of what kind of work lies ahead
At the same time you will have an opportunity to coach, counsel and reinforce positive
attitudes and performance.
You should anticipate that you will have some interaction with your students' internship
coordinator through telephone calls, on-site visits, and written evaluations. Such
persons will help you find a solution if difficulties occur (intern attendance or
punctuality problems, low motivation, unsatisfactory work, or personal conflicts).
Also, you should get in touch with the college contact if the internship conditions
must be altered, such as a change in supervisors, delays in the availability of data
needed by the students to complete an assignment, a strike by unionized employees,
transfer or termination of an employee involved in the interns' work, or other unanticipated
Encourage your interns to keep a portfolio of work accomplished during the experience.
This will help fulfill the students' academic requirements and provide a sense of
accomplishment. In addition, it will give you a basis to discuss their personal growth.
Specific work documents to include in a portfolio might be any of the following:
|Displays and Exhibits
|Citations and Awards
In addition to spontaneous and informal meetings, you should use the form provided
by the Internship Center to evaluate your interns' performance at the midpoint of
the internship, so the students know where they stand. You should consider the quality
and timeliness of the work produced to date, ability to take and follow direction,
work habits, and areas needing growth and development. This information will also
provide data for the final evaluation and serve as a reference point for the student's
- Provide opportunities for increasing responsibility.
- Encourage professionalism by assisting the interns in developing decision-making abilities,
human relations skills, and managing office politics.
- Remember that you are a role model.