How to Provide a Useful Internship Orientation

Internship orientation is a great first step towards welcoming interns into the company. To make the orientation beneficial for them, here are some tips.

First, it’s important to create a welcoming environment for your new interns. Since this will be their introduction into the company, it’s important you welcome them to the team as if they were full time employees. By introducing the interns to other employees, it helps them become more acclimated to their surroundings while giving them the feeling they belong to the team.Chemistry intern

Along with creating a welcoming environment, it’s important that you introduce interns to your company’s culture. This can include a brief history of your business, the goals you want to accomplish and your company’s policies.  By providing this information to them, it helps the interns understand more about the culture your company operates within. Further, it can help them transition better into this culture by understanding these policies and why they are in place.

Next, you should review the details of the internship. This will include pertinent items such as hours, pay, whom the intern reports to, dress code, job responsibilities, goals and safety regulations. When going over these details with the interns you should ask follow-up questions to make sure they understand everything you cover. Furthermore, encourage the interns to ask questions that way they can better understand the expectations you have for them.

Lastly, you should make sure the interns have all the equipment they need to do their jobs well. If they need computers as part of their work, it’s ideal to have them set up and email accounts created by orientation. It’s also imperative to have any training education ready to go when they arrive. By preparing in advance, it shows the interns your team is on top of things and it gives them the opportunity to begin to work right away.

Overall, creating an effective internship orientation is a good first step toward transitioning interns into your company’s culture. By developing good communication between you and the interns, you help them understand their roles.  Further, when you create an inviting environment it can help them transition into their roles quicker because they feel like part of the team. Ultimately, these small steps can make it easier for an intern to contribute to your business quicker, because they know your expectations, they understand your company’s culture and they feel like they are part of the team.

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