Business and industry

Hosting a student

Deakin student on a work placement

Preparation is the key to a successful internship or work experience, for both the students and the employer. Some tips are outlined below for preparing for the student's arrival, upon the student's arrival and at the conclusion of the project or activity:

Before the student arrives

  • Provide the student with a clear description of role
  • Ensure that role is relevant to the student's degree
  • Assign a workplace supervisor
  • If appropriate, select a buddy for the student, who can informally monitor progress and answer queries
  • Allocate a work station in accordance with occupational, health and safety requirements
  • Induction - information about the organisation
    • Organisational chart
    • Staff email and phone lists
  • Brief other staff in immediate work area of role of student
  • Where appropriate ensure appropriate email and internet access
  • Where appropriate ensure appropriate security access (eg keys)
  • Provide information in advance to student on:
    • Dress code
    • Parking (if appropriate)
    • Start time on first day

On the student's arrival

  • Introductions to appropriate staff
  • Tour of work place/site, including amenities
  • Establish expectations with the student
    • Project/activity tasks
    • Expected outcomes
    • Instructions on telephone, email and internet systems, if required
    • Brief on and schedule any training required

During the placement

  • Schedule regular meetings with workplace supervisor to monitor progress
  • Contact the Faculty supervisor or placement coordinator should any issues arise

On the student's departure

  • Meet with the student to discuss final outcomes of the project or activity
  • Complete any Faculty documentation required in to the outcome or evaluation of the student placement/activity

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5th October 2010