Low motivation/Lack of initiation


  1. Allowing the student to experience success can be achieved by choosing tasks that are meaningful and achievable.
  2. Have the student demonstrate the task while you watch and encourage him/her to ask questions.
  3. Most of our students do well with tasks that are done routinely. Try to provide opportunities for repetition and review of instructions.
  4. Check lists can be very helpful for the student. Create a daily routine of tasks with specific times for doing those tasks. This facilitates initiation and motivation.
  5. Feedback is an important part of their learning. Look for opportunity to praise even small steps of improvement. When giving feedback be specific and clear about what you are praising.
  6. Constructive feedback is just as important as positive in the learning process. Avoid letting minor issue escalate into major ones. Be specific and clear about the issue at hand.
  7. Always begin with a positive statement before giving critical feedback.
  8. It is essential to become familiar with the student’s abilities. This can be through observation, periodic review of the Student’s Profile Sheet and speaking to the Internship Coordinator. Task Expectation should be REALISTIC for the student to be successful.
  9. When making suggestions for a change in behavior or performance, be aware of your body language and make a request rather than a command.
  10. Explain to the student how their contribution benefits the department and company. Often, it is difficult for our student’s to understand their role in the larger process.
  11. Maintain ongoing communication with the Internship Coordinator via the routine visits, e-mail and telephone calls to insure that questions or problems can be addressed as soon as they arise.

Last Modified: 3/20/18