Will her hopes and dreams be slashed and cut to pieces like in the horror movie because she was relegated to ordering cupcakes and taking notes at department meetings?
Or, might she leave her internship experience with confidence, new skills and a realistic understanding of her growth needs, because her supervisor cared enough to establish goals, meet regularly regarding progress and provide a final evaluation?
Too often, internships end up with the intern endlessly following others to meetings, doing data entry and generally wondering what the heck they should be working on. Not a lot of actual learning takes place.
A well designed internship program, can be a tremendous learning opportunity for the intern and create a solid reputation for your organization with educational institutions, but it takes intention, commitment and nurturing on the part of your organization and individual mentors.
When considering starting an internship program, think about a few of the legal requirements: