A proper orientation is essential to setting your intern on the road to success. An orientation can take anywhere from a couple hours to a couple of days. Be sure not to overload your intern with information or paperwork. If you have a lot to cover you will want to take breaks or schedule the orientation for more than one day.
Use this Checklist of Topics to Plan Your Intern’s Orientation Session:
- Welcome to Organization
- History and Culture
- Tour of Facility
- Introductions (to leadership, staff, and other interns)
- Human Resources Paperwork
- Policies and Procedures outlined in Internship Handbook (compensation, attendance, conduct, performance, safety, etc.)
- Training and Education
- Questions from Intern
- Next Steps
Contact me for additional information and assistance on developing a successful internship program.
Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an Adjunct Professor with an extensive background in developing and managing internship programs. She is a skilled program manager, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and 20 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a full service training and professional development company.
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