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Thank you for your interest in hosting a Cedar Crest College student as your intern! Cedar Crest students are dedicated to growing as professionals and individuals, and being in the work environment truly will allow them to refine and develop their passions and skills.

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Internship Policies for Work Supervisors

How to Make the Internship Go Smoothly

Orientation to the Work Setting

Understanding the context in which work takes place can help the student learn from the internship experience and be more effective in carrying out assignments. The people, events, and issues in your organization often comprise an unlimited curriculum in social sciences, business management, and in the humanities. At the beginning of the internship, you might set aside time to discuss some of the following:

The Organization's Work Rules
What are your organization's formal and informal work rules? Are there clear implicit goals for your organization?

The Organizational Environment
People - Who are the key players in the larger organization? In your department? Who are the formal and informal leaders in your organization? What are their backgrounds?
Structure - What is the organizational structure at your site (formal and informal)? What are the formal and informal communication patterns?
Funding/Budget - Where does the funding come from to operate your organization? Share with the intern some of the operating budgets for your unit or the organization as a whole.
Supervision - If you are supervising others, how would you characterize your supervisory style? What are the challenges you meet as a supervisor? How has your style changed during your career?

What Do You Do If Things Go Wrong?

Suggestions for Students, Employer Supervisors and Faculty Supervisors

The following guidelines will assist faculty, students, and employer supervisors in working through concerns.
  1. Discuss the problem: Occasionally problems arise during an internship. We strongly encourage the individuals involved to discuss the situation, negotiate on their own, and work toward agreement. Early intervention can usually lead to a solution that is acceptable to all involved. If a problem arises, it is important to deal with it immediately.

    This, of course, is the ideal. If a solution cannot be found, move on. If the problem is with the student or the Employer Supervisor, consult the Faculty Supervisor or the Director of Career Planning. If the problem is with the Faculty Supervisor, consult with Jenelle Henry, Director of Career Planning, at 610-606-4648.
  2. Call: Employer Supervisors should call the Faculty Supervisor or Director of Career Planning when a problem arises which cannot be resolved through discussion. Such a problem might be absenteeism, failure to follow directions, poor attitude, and inappropriate dress.

    Likewise, students should call their Faculty Supervisor when problems occur, such as when guidelines are not being followed, when expectations are not being met, or when inappropriate advances are made.
  3. Intervene: If faculty intervention is warranted, the Faculty Supervisor should gather information from the Employer Supervisor and the student concerning the nature of the problem. A site visit and/or a meeting between the three individuals may be advisable, with the instructor as conveyer and mediator.
  4. Review the guidelines: All individuals should review the guidelines and Learning Contract. What expectations were outlined at the beginning of the internship? Clarification of the expectations may be in order.

    The Faculty Supervisor should make recommendations to the student and/or Employer Supervisor, and encourage the two individuals to discuss the issue and work out an acceptable solution.

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