At the end of each internship, employers typically ask their interns to provide feedback on their experience. This is an important part of the process, as it helps employers improve their internships for future cohorts.
50 Questions you can use to get valuable feedback from your interns:
- How did you hear about our internship program?
- What made you decide to intern with our company?
- What are your responsibilities as an intern?
- What do you think sets our company apart from other companies in our industry?
- Why are you interested in working in our industry?
- Are there areas where you think our company could improve?
- What are your career goals? How did this internship help you achieve those goals?
- How did you prepare for this internship?
- How many hours per week do you work?
- Do you feel that you are given enough responsibility?
- What kind of feedback have you received from your superiors?
- Who have been your most important mentors during your time here?
- Has anything about working here surprised you?
- Did you have the opportunity to learn new skills?
- Do you feel like your work is making a difference?
- What kind of relationships have you built with your colleagues?
- Are you able to work independently or do you prefer working in a team environment?
- Do you feel you have a good work-life balance?
- How do you deal with stress and pressure at work?
- What was the biggest challenge during your internship?
- What did you find to be the most frustrating part of your work?
- Is this internship what you expected it to be? If not, how is it different?
- Have you had the opportunity to lead or take on additional responsibilities?
- Did you work on any special projects during your internship? If so, can you tell me more about them?
- Are there any events or projects that you particularly enjoyed working on?
- Was there anything you did not like about the internship? If so, what was it?
- To what extent did the internship meet your expectations? Did you expect to learn more/less/equal?
- How well were you able to manage your workload during the internship? Did you feel that you had too much or too little work?
- Did you feel that your skills were used effectively during the internship? If not, how could we have made better use of your skills?
- Did you feel that you had a good support system during the internship? Who was your main contact and how accessible were they?
- Did you feel that you received adequate training before starting your projects? If not, what type of training would have been helpful?
- Can you think of examples where you did more than was expected of you during your internship?
- Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the internship for future cohorts?
- Was there anything about the company culture that made you uncomfortable or that you did not like?
- Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve communication between interns and full-time employees?
- Are there any additional training or development opportunities you would like to see offered during the internship program?
- Did you feel that your voice was heard during meetings and other interactions with full-time employees? If not, what do you think the reason is and what could we do to change that?
- Have there been times when you felt that your input was not valued or appreciated by full-time employees? If so, can you give a specific example of what happened and how it made you feel?
- Have you had any interactions with customers or clients? If so, how did they go?
- Do you think you will receive a full-time offer from this company after graduation?
- Would you be interested in returning for another internship or full-time position?
- Would you recommend this internship to other students seeking experience in your field? Why or why not?
- If you had the opportunity, would you intern with this company again next year? Why or why not?
- How did this internship change your perception of the company and/or the industry as a whole?
- What advice would you give to other students considering an internship at this company or in this industry?
- On a scale of 1-10, how engaged were you with your work throughout the internship (1 is not engaged at all, and 10 is fully engaged)?
- On a scale of 1-10, how much did you enjoy the internship overall (with 1 being not at all enjoyable and 10 being very enjoyable)?
- How well did you feel you were able to take advantage of the resources our company offers (mentors, training, etc.)?
- Would you recommend our internship program to a friend or fellow student looking for an internship in [insert industry/field here]? Why or why not?
- Is there anything else about your experience that you would like to share that we did not address in these questions?
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you evaluate an internship experience?
To evaluate an internship, you should consider how the internship helped you learn new skills, expand your professional network, and explore your interests. You should also consider the value of the experience compared to the cost of the internship.
What are the areas of improvement for the intern?
One area that the intern can improve is time management. The intern should try to manage their time better so that they can complete all of their tasks.
Another area that can be improved is communication. The intern should communicate more with their supervisor and other team members to make sure everyone is on the same page. Finally, the intern could work on their organizational skills. They should keep track of their work schedule, deadlines, and to-do lists to stay organized.
What are the benefits of an internship program?
Internships offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their desired field of work. They also provide opportunities to network and meet industry professionals. Internships can help students determine if they are interested in a particular career and if they would like to pursue further education in that field. In addition, internships can lead to full-time employment.
Why are internships important for students?
Internships are important to students because they give them the opportunity to gain practical experience in their field of study. This experience can help students decide if they are passionate about the area they are studying and give them a head start in their job search after graduation. Internships can also help students develop valuable skills that they can use in their professional life.
Asking for feedback is an important part of any intern’s experience, but it can be difficult to know what type of feedback is most valuable. These questions can help bring interns’ thoughts and experiences to light so employers can make the necessary changes for future cohorts!
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