For an internship to be successful, it is important to set students up with the necessary tools. At the most basic level, a workspace, including a computer, access to an email account, and a phone, should be provided. At the beginning of the program, interns should also be briefed on the department layout, computer network, and given a tour to become familiar with the building and meet staff. Other preparatory steps may depend on the program area. For instance, interns working in epidemiology or mapping projects may need access to software such as SAS and GIS. Intern working in communications might benefit from websites, guidebooks, or blogs. Funded internships programs or interns brought on as LTEs may include official onboarding procedures. More developed programs that place a distinct emphasis on the intern’s growth may provide a mentor within the organization who is separate from the supervisor. This practice helps interns feel more comfortable and gives them an alternate space for questions, general discussions, and networking. Professional development resources and opportunities, such as trainings or setting up informational interviews, are also beneficial.
What sorts of resources are provided for interns?