Preparing for your intern’s first day

Preparing for your intern’s first day may seem self explanatory and futile. If you only intend to give a brief rundown of the duties at hand, you should reconsider your approach. Anticipate that your intern may be a little nervous and will need a warm welcome to get them motivated to do their absolute best. Make your internship introduction just as important as one for your new hires. Here are some useful ways that you can prepare for your intern’s first day.

Orientation

In order to start the internship off right, your interns must know the company. What are the values, mission, and goals of the company? How will the intern fit into these plans? Include basic information like required hours, dress code, and safety regulations. Give an overall outline of what will be expected of the intern and set aside time for them to fill out any necessary forms.

Provide the interns with a tour of the facility to give them a feel for the company culture and to meet the faces they will be working with. Be sure to address each intern by name when introducing them to the staff. When an intern knows more about what and who makes up the organization, they will be able to identify how their productivity will benefit everyone as a whole. A stack of paperwork and employee handbook cannot convey this valuable message alone.

Photography students working on a project.Internship Program Outline

Take the guess work out of your internship by simply laying it all out on the line from the start. Give your intern a detailed look inside what will be required of them. Everything from a day in the life to the objective learning goals of the entire program, your interns deserve to be in the know when it comes to their impending future. Discuss daily responsibilities, short term and long term projects, and evaluation procedures with your interns. Cover the learning objectives of the program and what you hope the intern can gain from the experience. Use clear and concise language so that everything will be easy to understand. Now is also a good time to address any questions that your interns have about the program. Remember to be a good listener to make the intern feel welcomed and at ease. This new experience doesn’t have to be foreign and filled with uncertainty. You will get more out of your intern when you take the time to be open in the beginning.

Mentors/Supervisors

Assign your intern a “go to” person on the very first day. Chose a mentor that is experienced in the position that the intern will be modeling. The mentor will execute assignments, conduct evaluations, and answer questions that the intern may have at any given time. The mentor will be responsible for the internship screening process, interview,  and orientation.  Having a mentor provides a point of reference for your interns. In addition to showing the ropes to increase productivity and morale, the mentor can provide a great business connection for many years to come.

Have everything in place before your intern’s first day to ensure success. Visit www.bridge.jobs to find local in interns in the Rhode Island area. Over 4,000 students are registered!

Learn more about creating an internship program by getting the Guide to Structuring a Successful Internship Program.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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