What Students Want From an Internship
The following information may help you to create or revise your internship opportunity.
Based on survey information compiled by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), here is a list of the the top fifteen "wishes" of students participating in internships.
1. Challenging assignments that will keep students busy
2. Tasks that are related to the student’s field of study
3. A well-defined position description
4. Clear objectives, goals, and expectations
5. Day to day variety
6. An opportunity to meet other interns, staff members, and managers
7. A supervisor who is prepared for, and expecting, the student
8. A mentor (younger professional role model)
9. The opportunity to be treated as a full-time employee
10. The chance to add value to the organization
11. Frequent feedback and open lines of communication
12. Opportunities to enhance "professional" skills in human relations, personal appearance, decision-making, creativity, and diligence
13. A workspace that is ready on the first day
14. An orientation / introduction to the company and to the position
15. The chance to "see what the job / industry is really like"