Once you have selected a candidate for your internship position, encourage the student to contact to our office or review the student Academic Credit page to complete the required paperwork. Students who take academic credit for their internship are required to complete the Experiential Learning Agreement (ELO) and work with a faculty internship advisor.
The internship supervisor should be an individual who will directly supervise the work of the intern. The individual should also be considered a highly-trained professional in the skills the intern hopes to improve.
It is the supervisor's responsibility to help develop an internship work plan with the student's learning objectives in mind. The supervisor should also schedule regular meetings with the intern to discuss the intern's progress and any difficulties they may be facing. In reality, hiring an intern can be fairly time consuming and the supervisor should be prepared to spend ample time working with the intern to provide additional training and guidance.
Internships also requires all internship work supervisors to complete an initial internship approval form and a final evaluation regarding the performance of the intern. For more information about this process, visit the Internship Approval & Evaluation page.
If at any time you have questions regarding the supervision of an intern, please contact us!
Tips for Intern Orientation and Supervision
- Take time to orient the intern to your work environment, company policies/procedures, and employees. Make sure the intern understands the performance standards, appropriate attire, communication procedures, decision-making channels, confidentiality, and background for assigned projects. If the intern is new to the area, it is helpful to send them information in advance about the area, housing options, and the climate.
- Provide your intern direction and mentoring from beginning to end, making certain the student and employees understand the intern’s role.
- Set challenging, yet attainable objectives for your intern. Early in the internship, schedule a meeting to confirm that the intern's expectations for the internship match your own.
- As your intern becomes trained and adjusts to the work environment, increase complexity and responsibility of assignments. Make every effort to involve your intern in meaningful, challenging projects that relate to his/her academic major and career goals.
- Explain how the intern's work contributes to your company's goals which will allow the intern to feel like a part of your team.
- Interns may be intimidated to approach you with problems or concerns, so it is best to encourage an open line of communication early and schedule regular check-ins.
- Even if the internship is unpaid, you may consider having the student fill out a time card to track hours worked.
- Pay attention to how your intern improves over the course of the program, you will be asked to complete an evaluation of their work at the end of the internship.
- At the end of the internship, hold an exit interview with your intern and thank him/her for his/her work. You may also want to consider writing the individual a general letter of recommendation they can use in the future.
- If you have any questions or concerns about supervising your intern, please contact us!