I’ve been an intern 5 times in my life.
Each internship was unique. I learned a lot. I dreamed a lot. I entered loads of data. I surfed the internet on boring days. I complained to friends that I was capable of more. I got put in my place. I got offered opportunities I hadn’t earned. I grew as a professional.
Each internship supervisor was unique, too. I loved my supervisors. I had some serious social worker crushes on a few of them. They were all these amazing women who had wisdom, drive, poise, and passion. During my internships, I imagined the day when I would get to supervise an intern.
Well today is that day! Today, my first ever social work intern comes to work with me!
I have some fun things cooked up for today and some goals for the semester. But I know my list is lacking, so I’m coming to you for advise. I want this experience to be good for both of us. I want to learn and be challenged, and I want my intern to learn and be challenged.
So, help me out:
For my friends who are currently interning or about to intern:
What do you want to learn/do most during an internship?
What do you expect from a supervisor?
What do most supervisors miss out on that would make them better at supervising?
For my friends who have supervised interns:
What is your greatest supervisor lesson?
How did you balance supervision with regular tasks?
What do you wish you’d known before your first intern?
Thanks in advance for all your sage wisdom. You guys are the best!