BRAIN: Company Resources
Employers shouldn’t trust that interns know what to do and/or how to conduct themselves in the work place. Similar to any new employee, it is important to orient an intern so that they can quickly understand the values, culture, and expectations of an organization.
Intern Orientation Guidelines
- Explain policies on attire, conducting personal business at work (phone calls, Facebook), breaks, unexpected absences (who to call), etc.
- Don’t assume that interns know everything about your company –this is your chance to build a new fan base, explain how the different departments work together
- Show interns everything from how to make copies to how to turn on the lights in the conference room and expect that you will have to tell them more than once
- Many students have limited knowledge on the area outside their home and school locale, share recommendations on where they can park, get lunch, and find entertainment options close to the office
Remember that interns of today may soon be ideal candidates to make bigger and more permanent commitments and contributions to your organization and these extra steps toward easing their acclimation are part of the sales pitch. Even if they do not end up receiving an offer from your organization, think of the experience of hosting interns as a great way to develop, test, and/or improve your orientation program and hone your skills for attracting and retaining talent in your organization.
BRAC has created an Intern Proclamation designed for you and your intern to complete together or his or her first day. The poster can then be placed on a wall or desk for easy reference if they are ever unsure what to do next.