Rigidity/difficulty transitioning between tasks


  1. Prepare the student ahead of time about any changes in the schedule or workplace.
  2. Have a procedure in place for when the supervisor is not there, so that the student will know who to report to and from whom he or she will receive work. Also inform your staff of the plan.
  3. Establish a routine so that the student knows what he or she is supposed to do. Some supervisors provide a folder for work that “needs to be done”. This may be daily, weekly or monthly.
  4. When making suggestions for a change in behavior or performance, be aware of your body language and make a request rather than a command.
  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. Schedule routine meeting with yourself and the student. This will provide an opportunity to discuss performance, ask questions and give feedback.
  9. Don’t hesitate to set limits and be firm when providing feedback. Be clear with your expectations.
  10. 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: 7/27/18