An internship coordinator is an educator who is trained to coordinate internship experiences for students. Monitoring daily operations, troubleshooting potential problems, and acting as the liaison for program partners are among the internship coordinator’s key responsibilities. Many of the additional responsibilities are outlined below.
There are many administrative duties the internship coordinator must assume to operate a successful internship program. Examples are:
- Interview prospective interns for entry into the program.
- Work with guidance counselors to facilitate the proper placement of students in the internship program.
- Meet with interns prior to the start of the internship to help them prepare.
- Confer with site supervisors/mentors to secure internship placements.
- Ensure that interns are placed in an internship site directly related to their career objective.
- Orientate parents/guardians.
- Complete and review training agreement, training plan, dress code, and daily schedule with interns, site supervisors/mentors, and parents/guardians.
- Ensure that all legal requirements have been met. (A meeting with the university corporation attorney may be necessary.)
- Document and file visitations, conferences, and other communications with site supervisors/mentors, interns, and parents.
- Maintain accurate and current program records.
- Use appropriate evaluation instruments to measure intern achievement of performance expectations during the internship experience.
- Submit a list of interns’ names, career objectives, internship sites, and site supervisors/mentors to the university principal and other stakeholders as requested.
- Manage time effectively while balancing university and community responsibilities.
- Select an advisory committee and coordinate meetings.
- Gather data for follow-up.