A recent Gallup Poll shows the importance of a mentor. According to that poll “Successful “students had one or more teachers who were mentors and took a real interest in their aspirations, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school.”
Internships for all students, whether they are testing out a career or getting real world experience in their chosen field, should include a workplace mentor. Students have told us again and again that they want someone in their internship workplace who will provide guidance.
The internship mentor is the one who is there to answer any questions, deal with immediate workplace problems, make sure the intern is included in department meetings and is able to attend any training sessions.
Often the intern’s immediate supervisor is busy with the day-to-day work demands and can forget to include the intern in some of the department’s activities.
The mentor often becomes a role model for the intern. Many times the mentor is the person who can help the intern figure out his or her future.
Let us know your experience working with or being a mentor to an intern.