Coaching and mentoring a young mind can be an easy job if you have the patience and skill. Many employers hire interns, and then leave them with the appropriate department for their chosen field, never to spend time with them for the entire duration of their internship. That is how it works, but if you want to take an apprentice under your wing to teach them the tips and tricks of the trade, they will be forever thankful for you taking the time out your day to help them. Make them feel at ease and part of the team to get the best out of them and to keep up the good reputation of your program.
Share your expectations with them
All interns, whether they show a massive amount or confidence or not, will feel unsure about what they need to do at first. Provide them with a clear and concise list of what you expect of them, also providing them with company policies and rules. They will then feel better structured in how and where they fit in the company.
Introduce your intern
Introduce your intern to anyone that they might interact with on a daily basis. So if they have any questions they will know who to ask. As a mentor you are responsible for their well-being and you want to make them feel welcome as best as you can. A comfortable intern is a confident intern, and they will be grateful for the help fitting in. Coaching and mentoring your intern is great way for them to step up to the plate. They should be comfortable enough to ask questions and to also raise a hand when they need help. Working with people who have been in the trade for a while will feel a bit intimidating to them.
The weapon of communication
If your intern has any concerns they should feel free to come speak to you, as their mentor. Establish that both of you should always make time for each other, and should be approachable and available. Give your intern a copy of your schedule so that they don’t have to question whether or not they can make contact. Also, make sure they have an alternative person to talk to if their question is urgent.
Give them work to do
They will still have the grading system instilled in them by the education system. Give them a chance to showcase their work ethic by handing them small assignments to do outside office. Whether it be writing a blog about the field that they are in or coming up with new ideas. You may just be surprised and learn a thing or two from them. Success on smaller aspects of work will give them the confidence to pour their all into the bigger projects that you can give to them.