Career Services: Expectations of Intern Supervisors
Supervision is an essential component in the educational nature of internships which fosters the successful transition from the classroom to the work setting. Below are general expectations of intern supervisors while hosting an intern:
• Supervisors are professionals, trained in the same discipline as that of the internship, who routinely use a level of professional knowledge, skills, and judgment in the performance of their responsibilities.
• A supervisor has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide teaching and training that that challenges the student to develop greater skill development.
• A supervisor uses his/her skills to effectively provide leadership and guidance, clarity of expectations, training and development, teaching skills for employability, ongoing monitoring and feedback, and evaluation.
• A supervisor evaluates the student’s progress based on specific learning objectives and outcomes (if completing the internship for academic credit).
• A supervisor also evaluates a student in the areas of his/her ability to learn and develop the following:
- problem solving and creative thinking skills,
- attention to detail and analytical skills,
- computation/technical skills appropriate to the position,
- oral and written communication skills
- interpersonal and teamwork skills,
- ability to learn from others in a diverse environment,
- organizational effectiveness skills (how one fits in with the norms and expectations of the organization),
- professional and career development skills, and
- developing professional competencies (managing time and priorities, attention to deadlines, etc.).