Make your intern feel welcome by developing an on-boarding program that outlines your expectations of him or her, their duties and responsibilities, and how their work will be evaluated. Be sure to give your intern a tour of the company and introduce them to other employees especially those they will be working with. Interns who feel welcome and included tend to perform better than those who don’t.
Provide meaningful and practical tasks that will help your intern learn and grow while contributing to the company. Consider providing your intern with a high priority project that they can work on from start to end. Interns feel valued when they see their work or project being used and are more motivated to produce quality work.
Check-in regularly with your intern and provide constructive feedback on how they are doing. Keep in mind an internship is a learning experience for students where they can gain practical work experience and skills. Your time, influence, and mentorship is valuable and a key component to their experience. The experience and feedback you provide helps shape the intern for their future career.
By Kimberly Connors, Spokane MarCom Internship Chair