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Interviewing prospective interns is a time for you to learn about a student's expectations, motivation, dependability, and ability to communicate. If you have assistant sponsors, involve them in the interview. One of the qualities that contributes to a good match is how closely the motivation of the student matches what your internship offers. Take note of this section of the student application form and discuss it with applicants.
Consider which student(s) might benefit most from this experience. They may not be the ones who have the most AP courses, present themselves as the most polished, or have the clearest vision for their future.
The interview is the appropriate time to clearly state the basic internship requirements, e.g., needing a 4-hour block of time to set up and complete a procedure, attending a weekly research group meeting, the ability to work independently at times, or the ability to work closely with another student. Its beneficial to get the student to think and talk realistically about how an internship commitment fits in with their academic and planned extra-curricular commitments and to express where their priorities lie. Students may underestimate study time (including study groups), x-hours, office hours and sport time commitments (including practice). Use your previous experiences with interns to emphasize what is most important to you in this internship. Listen to what they say is important to them.
You may want to suggest she contact your past interns to hear what the experience was like from a peer. While the prospect of an internship is quite exhilarating to a first year student, the experience can be very intimidating.
Should you have a large number of students interested in interviewing for your internship, you are not obliged to meet with them all individually if your schedule does not permit. Some sponsors use group or multiple interviews. You can announce to applicants a limit on the number of students you choose to interview. You can pre-screen their applications prior to setting up an interview time. You can encourage them to broaden their exploration by interviewing with other prospective sponsors. Don't let large numbers of prospective applicants bog down your enthusiasm for the program.
Last Updated: 10/20/10