Internship Evaluation Ideas
The list below reflects common internship evaluation methods to connect course content to internship experiences and inspire vocational discernment.
Assignment ideas for before and during the internship:
- Daily reflections – Each student can reflect on the successes they’ve created and the challenges they face in their internship.
- Video blogs – Students can create a visual “journal” of their experience, rather than written reflections.
- If internship experience is part of a class with multiple students, students can respond to one another’s videos.
Assignment ideas for final or culminating projects:
- Scrapbook – Integrate text and visuals to display learning and growth during the internship.
- Informational Interview Assignment – Students can profile a professional who works in the organization.
- Write a reflection paper regarding the following prompts:
- Connect internship experience to student’s major
- Discuss the impact of the internship on student’s future plans
- Write a research paper with an annotated bibliography – Situate the internship experience within academic literature.
- Create a reflection portfolio, which includes:
- Goals at the beginning of the internship
- One journal entry per week for the duration of the internship
- An annotated bibliography to inspire research and critical thinking
- Goals at the end of the internship
- A closing reflection of the experience, where students can compare(what they thought the internship would be vs. what it actually was
- Digital portfolio
- Draft a grant proposal or publication
- Revise resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile to reflect new skills
- Create a brochure about the internship position or the organization/company
- Example: Intern 101 (things student wished they would have known)
- Create a website and/or offer to update company’s website with internship information
- Assemble a workshop for other students who might be interested in an internship in this area