I Brought In The Wrong Intern, Now What?



By Nicki Sanders, MSW

An intern is a person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation or profession to gain practical experience, and sometimes also to satisfy legal or other requirements for being licensed or accepted professionally. An internship is a supervised training period. An educational agreement that you believe will serve both the intern and your organization.


You advertised in the best places, conducted a comprehensive selection process, and welcomed in the ideal candidate. You’ve conducted a thorough orientation and now expect your intern to make a valuable contribution while they learn. The problem is that your intern isn’t holding up their part of the partnership. Your optimism and excitement have diminished and now you’re frustrated. You may even be a little angry. How could this happen?


You Brought In The Wrong Intern, Now What?
There could be a number of reasons why your intern “just isn’t working out”, likewise, there could be numerous strategies to help get things back on track.  Take a look at the behaviors below and ask yourself if any of them sounds familiar? After taking into account the problems, contemplate the possible causes and potential solutions.


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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an Adjunct Professor with an extensive background in developing and managing internship programs. She is a skilled program manager, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and 20 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a full service training and professional development company.

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