Virtual Internship

Susan
By Susan June 25, 2020 12:58

Virtual Internship

 

 

Lots of people are talking about virtual internships at the moment. We had three great people with us last year from UC San Diego and here are some key takeaways from the experience:

 

 

 

1. It’s a highly worthwhile thing to do.

2. As you would manage anybody, find out why the intern is participating and seek out to meet those expectations.

3. Be ready to teach the intern about self-awareness. They’re unlikely to have been in a professional environment before and hence you need to be more curious than they are about their working environment preferences.

4. Enjoy and be open to what they will teach you too. #ReverseMentoring

5. Point out how the individual experiences they’re getting with you could be transferred into a great interview question response. Do this regularly as this will stand then in great stead.

6. Be prepared to take a different approach when building rapport online exclusively. (We’ve all learned about that these past months).

7. Give tasks, feedback loops and genuine opportunities for active learning rather than focus on speakers talking about what they do.

8. Observe your own style and behaviour as this is a great experience for you as you have to adapt to managing a whole new generation.

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Susan
By Susan June 25, 2020 12:58