Supervision, supervision, supervision. One of the key components to a successful internship is having a good working relationship with your site supervisor. You will work very close with your site supervisor and it is important to determine if you will be able to work professionally. Try to determine if this supervisor will give you adequate supervision to meet your needs. Some interns need more guidance than others. Therefore, it is important to determine your needs as an intern.
- What type of supervision do you prefer? Are you looking for regular contact, supervision meetings, or reporting (for example)?
Roles and responsibilities. When narrowing down your placements, identify the types of experiences. You want to ensure that you can get the appropriate experience to meet your needs as well as meet the needs of the agency. Therefore, you will need to have an idea about your goals for this internship. Questions for consideration:
- Will you have direct contact with clients or will you do more administrative work? Will you do programming, evaluation, grant writing?
- Has your site supervisor had interns before? If so, what were their roles and responsibilities?
Scheduling. Some agencies have very limited hours of when you can earn your internship hours, while other agencies are flexible. Therefore, think about your schedule, including classes and work, to determine if this agency is an appropriate placement. Some supervisors can provide feedback about the number of hours that can be accumulated based on previous experience. Question for consideration:
- Will you be able to complete your hours in the allotted timeframe?