Log book and portfolio
It is the interns' responsibility to keep a log of the various activities and projects they work on over the course of the semester. It is important that you keep this log consistently. By doing so on a weekly basis, it will help you monitor your progress throughout the semester and will be of major assistance as you write your progress reports and final report. A log sheet is in your orientation packet. You can make copies as needed and supplement the information as you see fit.
To the extent possible, you need to compile a portfolio of work samples you complete during the internship. This can include proposals, reports, budgets, surveys, advertisements, agendas, correspondence, etc. Talk with your supervisor in your initial meeting to determine the extent to which you will have “end-products” to put in your portfolio. You need to be sensitive to the fact that some project materials may be confidential in nature and you may not be able to keep copies.
Progress report #1 (2 typed pages)
- Identify the name and type of company, and the industry it competes in
- What are the goals of the company and how does my role fit in with these goals
- What coursework is directly applicable to the internship experience
- Briefly describe tasks or projects completed to date
Progress report #2 (2 typed pages)
- Briefly describe new tasks or projects completed
- What skills and abilities are important in this specific job/role
- What are my major accomplishments so far
- What have I learned about the industry and the company
Final report (5 pages)
- Review original job description provided by the company and compare it to the job/tasks you actually did. Briefly explain this comparison.
- How did my work contribute to the goals of the company? were any changes made as a result of my work?
- What did I learn from the internship? Are there specific skills that I developed?
- What did the internship teach me about my major?
- Did I enjoy this type of work? Was this organization a good fit for me?
- How did the internship affect my future career goals?
- Resume – attach your resume (one page) to your final report, include your internship experience on your resume
Evaluation form (provided in orientation packet)
This form gives you the chance to reflect on and evaluate your experience with the program itself, the content of the internship, the internship site, and your supervisor.
It is imperative that you evaluate the experience as accurately as possible. In no way will a negative evaluation affect your grade nor will your supervisor see the evaluation.
The information you provide in the evaluation is used to continually assess the program. We work with companies to help them design their internships to provide the most beneficial opportunities for our students. We also use your suggestions to make the management of the internship program better.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the course of the internship, please contact Gary Johnson. We want this experience to be a valuable one, and we are glad to be of assistance.