KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A MANAGER AND A MENTOR.
Do you have time to actively manage your intern, or are you better suited as a mentor? As a manager, you need to commit to a significant upfront investment at the start of the summer – showing your intern the ropes, making introductions, finding a place for him or her to sit and work, going for lunch on the first day – as well as providing feedback throughout the summer. Add to that a weekly one-onone meeting, and suddenly managing an intern can turn from an exciting prospect to a daunting proposition.
Be honest with yourself: If you don’t have the motivation, the capacity or the skill set to manage your intern, then you’ve got to find someone else to do it in your stead. Look for a rising star in your organisation who is excited about managing someone junior. This can be a great opportunity to give that employee a first taste of the highs and lows of managing others. And commit to serving as a men-