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Considerations when Hosting an Intern
1. Be clear and positive when talking with your interns about what they can expect during their internship. If the job
will require stuffing some envelopes, then make that clear. If you tell the intern they will be researching a project, and
they spend 90% of their time filing papers then bad feelings will develop. Clarity will ensure that everyone is on the same
page and will give your interns a sense of importance and respect.
2. Orient your intern to his or her new workplace. This might take the form of a conventional orientation program or a
walk around the office. Give interns an overview of your organization; hand out information about the agency’s history,
vision and services. Explain who does what and the responsibilities for which the intern will be responsible. Introduce
him or her to co-workers and point out the kitchen, bathroom, and other important landmarks.
3. Give your intern the resources he or she needs to do the job. If you want to get a job done, you need to supply the
intern with the tools to do the job. That may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many organizations stick
their interns out in the hallway or transfer them from desk to desk. In doing so, you send the message that interns aren’t
important. Give the intern a desk, point out the supply room, and introduce the tech support people. If you don’t
include them and let them know that their voice is important, you could miss out on valuable contributions to your
4. Include your intern in the daily life of the workplace. Is there a staff meeting that they can attend? Can they quietly
tag along to that next project meeting? Headed to lunch with a couple of people in the office? If you provide a little
more perspective on the intern’s work, the product will be much better.
5. Give interns real work! It can’t be said too many times that interns