As a sponsor of the program, it is the host’s role to provide the structure, goals and work experience for the intern. It is the host’s role to ‘shepherd’ the process and ensure that the goals and expectations of the intern and host are mutually satisfied.
The following guidelines are intended to provide a framework for the host's program.
Create a job description that outlines the expectations and objectives of the internship.
The description provides a framework for interns to learn about your field/industry and affirms the value of the work they will do. Having specific projects for interns to complete is an excellent way for students to develop career-related competencies while contributing to your organization.
Connect the internship experience to learning.
The internship should provide the intern with an opportunity to develop career-related skills and competencies. These competencies should be transferable to other organizations or even other industries in order to foster the intern’s career development. Interns want to learn about organizational structure, engage with a variety of professionals, and receive insight into pertinent topics. Clear communication is important for interns to learn about your organization, field, and the world of work.
Designate a supervisor/professional mentor for your intern.
Supervision is the foundation for a successful internship. Setting clear expectations, engaging in regular follow-up and providing feedback are essential components of a great internship experience for both intern and host/employer. Due to the educational nature of internships, employers provide a greater level of supervision to interns than to employees.