Tip 6 – Should there be a formal agreement with the Intern?
The answer to this question is “yes”. I recommend you set up some type of formal agreement (again the businesses that help your find interns will have samples of these agreements for you to use). The agreements which can be as simple as a letter of understanding will layout each party’s responsibilities such as:
- Location and time/schedule assigned for internship
- A list of responsibilities for the intern
- amount of time worked
- signing in process
- proper dress for office if not a virtual internship
- reports on work accomplished
- A list of responsibilities for the supervisor
- amount of time spent reviewing materials from the intern
- training of intern
- set times for meetings
- A list of specific projects to be completed with time frames if possible
- Description of credit program and forms to be completed by both party’s
- Start and end dates of assignments with the possibility of short extensions
- What the intern wants to learn and what the supervisor is willing to support
- Potential for full time position if that is possible or stating that it is not possible due to size of firm or other reason
- Letter of recommendation will be offered by supervisor if work is done well
- Objective of internship for both party’s
- Other details that relate to your business such as confidentiality agreements if needed
The clearer the expectations are from the on-set, the more beneficial the internship will be for both parties.
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