Sometimes, it seems we’re all too focused on listing what makes a “good intern” that we forget interns still need guidance, advice and constructive feedback. Plus, we’re all so busy that we neglect the importance of taking time to explain a project, find new opportunities and review the outcomes of projects with people who may have never worked in a professional setting.
In light of all the fall internships getting underway, here are some tips to keep in mind when you accept the responsibility of managing an intern:
1. Roll out the welcome mat.
Multiply your old back-to-school jitters by about 1,000 and you might remember what it feels like to be an intern. Be prepared for their first day, set aside time to answer questions, give a tour, introduce them to the rest of the team and talk about some of the projects they’ll be contributing to. Ideally, take them to lunch or bring it in.
2. Discover their interests.
Truly great managers take the time to find out what interests their interns most. We all know that there are good and not-so-good aspects of a job, but all are important. Let them know there’s someone in their corner seeking out opportunities that will keep them energized and engaged working on the less-than-exciting assignments.