This form is designed to help you prepare for your internship. It assumes you have already contacted the employer (you want to intern with) and they have accepted for an agreed period of time. It also assumes you have been advised who your supervisor (contact) will be during this time.
For all intents and purposes, they should be treated as an employee – it will make it a better, more real experience for both sides – but in reality, they may need just a bit of help at the start…
Here are three ways you can make the best of the opportunity:
1. Have empathy – walk a few steps in their converse
Before the intern starts, think about involving the whole studio in an empathy-map or customer journey map exercise to imagine life in their shoes. Expect someone to not be in their natural habitat and probably feeling intimidated and overwhelmed.
Remember there are more of you than them — the sooner you can calm their nerves and make them feel comfortable, the better the experience will be for everyone.
Assure them everyone in the studio is happy to have them and will do their best to make your experience valuable.
Assure them of your expectations - they are not expected to churn out work immediately.
Do what you can to help them grasp the opportunity.
2. Have patience – they’re nervous
Nervousness can manifest itself in many ways. Your intern may appear stressed, or overawed, and may even appear overconfident.
Have patience, be prepared to take the lead and be prepared to repeat yourself a few times.
Prompt them to take notes or record instructions on their iPhones
Prompt them to ask questions and stress there are no wrong or dumb questions.
3. Plan for the long haul.
After the excitement of the first week, reality will set in that this is not a sprint.
Don’t try to go it alone.
Make sure your intern has a buddy. Or give them a few buddies. Share the love.
Buddies work really well to give the intern experience across the whole of the studio.
One week with an account service buddy, one with a design buddy, one with a creative director buddy - you get the idea. It not only helps them settle their nerves (because they’ll get to know everyone), it will deliver a spread of experiences.
A few tips
A few extra ideas