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Internship Evaluation Ideas

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