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How do I evaluate interns?

As an intern employer you will be asked to mentor and manage your intern. As part of managing your intern you will be asked to:

  • Provide a meaningful, practical experience that utilizes the student's education.
  • Provide sufficient supervision and make assignments appropriate to student's educational level.
  • Evaluate student's performance half way through the internship. The ABLE office staff will email you a mid-semester performance appraisal to complete. You should also share this appraisal with your student intern to provide feedback and to give your intern a chance to learn and self-correct prior to the end of the internship.
  • Evaluate student intern's performance at the end of the internship. This performance appraisal will count toward the student's grade. The ABLE office staff will email you the final performance appraisal form at the end of the semester. You should also share this appraisal with your student intern to help the student understand his/her strengths and weakness, and summarize the value of the internship.

Performance Standards (Student Performance Appraisals)

The ABLE Program has developed and implemented five standards of quality that represent professional aspects of business performance; Professional Work Ethic, Professional Demeanor, Communication, Problem Solving, and Core Business Knowledge. To receive academic credit for an internship, students must have a performance evaluation, which includes these five standards, completed by their work site supervisor. This performance appraisal is a part of the students final grade and should be shared with students to help them learn more effectively.

Below are the five standards identified and their associated behaviors.

Standard: Professional Work Ethic - Exhibits a strong understanding of the value of work and fairness, balancing personal and professional life, integrity.

  • Punctuality
  • Engagement on the job
  • Efficiency in your work
  • Professional ethics

Standard: Professional Demeanor - Consistently demonstrates respect, responsiveness, and professionalism with colleagues, subordinates, and supervisors from all backgrounds and levels.

  • Professional Dress
  • Professional Attitude
  • Courtesy
  • Teamwork

Standard: Communication - Ensures key issues are addressed and important information is shared quickly and effectively

  • Listening skills
  • Writing skills
  • Verbal interactions
  • Electronic communication
  • Technology usage

Standard: Problem Solving - Demonstrates critical thinking and ability to generate feasible solutions to business problems

  • Identifying the problem
  • Gathering information
  • Analyzing information
  • Recommending solutions

Standard: Core Business Knowledge – Demonstrates knowledge of core business concepts in the functional areas of business

  • Understand the customers
  • Understand the revenue source
  • Recognize the role of the intern (human contribution)
  • Organizational understanding

If you have any questions about student performance standards or questions about how to evaluate your student intern, please contact the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator.

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