Cooperative Education and Internships

Tips for Supervising Students

Kim Webb1. Host New Employee Orientation

  • Introduce students to management and co-workers
  • Provide opportunities for students and co-workers to get acquainted with one another by hosting breakfast, lunch or other networking venues
  • Establish training process for students
  • Match student with mentor
  • Communicate organizational expectations and procedures

2. Provide Balanced Performance Feedback and Evaluations

  • Establish realistic expectations for student performance. Guide supervisors to ensure that they balance positive feedback with feedback to improve a student’s performance
  • Use the completion of necessary forms from the university as opportunities to discuss with students their learning goals, performance and expectations
  • Participate in a mid-term visit with university coordinator
  • Complete supervisor and student evaluations as required by university/organization

3. Assign Mentors to Students

  • Select individuals who are energetic and enthusiastic about the organization and the presence of students
  • Mentors can:
    • Meet with students when they first arrive to show them around and introduce them to people in the department
    • Listen to students’ concerns and offer practical advice
    • Provide insight about the industry to students
    • Serve as a sounding board for students when they have concerns or questions