Are you feeling a little disoriented on how to create an internship that will capture and inspire bright young minds?
Reveal what you can do, and be frank about what you can't
On day one, ask your supervisor about the expectations. You need to set goals, deadlines, and expected outcomes. If there's not already a policy for check-ins and feedback concourses, ask for one. Likewise, if you're required to do something you aren't qualified to do–like a code in Python–be honest. If you have the fundamental skills, go for it and push your comfort zone, but try to avoid getting in over your head. There are specific things you must to do:
Look at it as a mentorship
As much as you'd like to think internships are self-sustaining and hands-off, they're not or at least the good ones aren't. It's a commitment, which means you should examine it through. Are you fit to be a mentor? Is this a person you want as a mentee? Can you invest enough time and resources to set them up for success?
Ask Questions and Evaluate
A lot of insight is obtained about the company and its practice during the interview. This is relevant intelligence that should be used to decide whether this is a worthwhile internship. Every internship or job interview is a dialogue. It's not an inquiry where you have to show yourself deserving of the company.
Get your team on board
Encourage and help your intern to interact with people throughout the company, whether through shadowing or weekly scheduled lunches with different departments. A right internship provides skill sets within a particular department while also opening the doors and promoting discovery within others.
Master the basics
There are a lot of ideas we as experts take for granted as common sense. Don't forget to impart some knowledge on primary office manners, do's and don't of emails and meetings, LinkedIn best practices, consultation and resume suggestions, and all the other things you expect someone had told you upon starting the working class. An internship should be an opportunity to build your portfolio, which is why interns are invited to contribute something new to the company. Once they've spent a few weeks getting to know the organisation they can pitch a new idea, a new system or way of getting things done or even a new project that advances the mission. If it's the right time and the right fit, they are given the green light to begin working on it. The internship is a chance to learn and grow.