The Blogtern: Constructive Feedback

Posted on June 28, 2015

Blogtern Natalia Rosario writes about the ideal internship experience including how supervisor can provide constructive feedback to the intern. This is the third part of the series – The BlogTern: Should You Pay Your Intern?The Blogtern: Creating a Meaningful Internship Experience.

The Blogtern: Constructive Feedback


By: Natalia RosarioLinkedIn and Twitter

Interns want constructive feedback from supervisors. Interns want to know how they can improve and what they’re doing well. Here’s a couple tips for supervisors when giving feedback:

  1. Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up: Sit them down and discuss the outcomes of their tasks. Ideally you will find a place outside the office to convey feedback. Interns need honest feedback. They need to how their work is contributing to the organization.
  1. Be Constructive: It’s important to remember that most interns are new to local government. It may take a while for an intern to understand the details of local government. Provide frequent feedback and make suggestions for improvement, and note when they do something well – a little encouragement goes a long way!

Interns don’t ask for much – just don’t crush our spirits too quickly!
My ideal intern experience?
funny-cake-Batman-intern-candleFor me, getting a paycheck and having the opportunity to learn about local government outside the classroom is ideal. I suppose I’m just easy to please!
I enjoy meeting new people during my internship opportunities. Building a network becomes easier when you’re plugged into an organization/institution.
Also, and I can’t stress this enough, please take your intern to lunch. Your intern gets hungry around noon and needs socialization too! Free food is ideal!
I hope this gives you insight into the modern-day internship experience! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on the topic, and toss some more potential blog topics my way!

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