A quality internship supervisor functions on three levels as described below.
- Fully embraces the role as mentor*
- Provides functional expertise from a teaching perspective
- Is available to the student intern on a regular basis
- Understands the internship may be the student’s first professional experience
- Acts as a role model and demonstrates consistent professional behavior
- Communicates effectively and is willing to clarify goals when necessary
- Provides regular feedback on performance
*The widely accepted definition of the word mentor is a trusted friend, counselor or teacher; an experienced person.
- Has designed an appropriately challenging internship that is non-clerical in nature
- Understands the intern should not be assigned as soley responsible for vital projects
- Shares pertinent information to enable the intern's success
- Includes the intern in professional development and networking opportunities
- Serves as a professional reference as appropriate
- Adjusts the intern's schedule during high stress periods (exams, presentations), if requested
- Contacts CBIP staff with questions should any extraordinary circumstances develop
- Has planned proper on-boarding (work space, orientation/training, introductions)
- Advises the intern on corporate culture and behavioral expectations
- Addresses any inapporpriate behaviors immediately and communicates to CBIP director
- Conducts an exit interview and completes our evaluation form at end of internship
For additional information please refer to our Building Successful Internship Programs manual.